Robert Burns Country 2018

8 Days

From £1895pp

Burns Night comes but once a year, and when it does we at Brightwater need no excuse to get involved. Neeps, tatties, whisky, haggis, and poetry by the plateful: what better way to celebrate?

This fantastic four-day tour charts the life and times of the brilliant Robert Burns, peerless poet of the lowlands, through the beautiful pastoral settings that inspired him. Basing ourselves in the west of Scotland, we follow in Burns’ fascinating footsteps, from his humble Ayrshire beginnings in 1759, to his untimely death in Dumfries at the age of just 37.

A fervent collector of folk songs and tales, no-one has done more to preserve Scotland’s heritage — nor, dare we say it, promote the country’s haggises! Join us to discover the man behind the legacy, see the sites that spurred on his works, imagine the rousing dances and debates that took place in his co-founded club, read the original lines of his cherished manuscripts, and even sip a wee dram at the poet’s favourite pub.


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Day 1

We journey to Ayrshire and arrive at our first stop in the afternoon. Burns House Museum is the former lodging of the famous poet and his wife. The museum showcases original manuscripts and inspirational objects he had surrounding him. It is claimed that it was the period living on this farm which gave rise to his most creative and productive works.

Later this afternoon we travel to The Bachelors’ Club in Tarbolton, before we arrive to the hotel for a welcome drink and dinner.

Day 2

This morning is spent at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and then following in his footsteps through the village where he spent the early years of his life. Find out what made the great poet and song writer tick, and visit Alloway Auld Kirk, where it’s so easy to see Tam running from the witches and warlocks capering beside it. The place that captured Burns’ imagination is also the resting place of members of the Burns family and next to the church ruins you can find the ornately carved head stones of his father William Burnes and sister Isabella Burns Begg.

After lunch, we continue to Rozelle House which displays Alexander Goudie’s series of 54 paintings setting out the poem ‘Tam O’Shanter’. The visit also includes access to the contemporary Maclaurin Gallery beside Rozelle House. 

A traditional Burns supper is served in the hotel this evening, featuring haggis, neeps and tatties.

Day 3

Today we explore the lowlands of Scotland and see the landscapes which are captured in Burns’ lyrical verses; the forests and hills he loved so much and the place he called home at Ellisland Farm. We visit the farm, set on the tranquil river’s edge, before we head for lunch and whisky tasting at the Bard’s favourite haunt, the Globe Inn. 

Next we visit the house where Burns spent the latter years of his life, now the Robert Burns’ House Museum. The house remains largely untouched, adorned with the poet’s possessions. 

Our final visit today is to Burns’ final resting place and memorial, the Robert Burns Mausoleum, which stands at the eastern end of the churchyard of St Michael's Church, Dumfries. Burns was initially buried in the north east corner of the churchyard, but before long his growing army of devoted fans began to feel that his existing grave was insufficient recognition for his genius. A circular was published in 1813 calling for the public to subscribe to the cost of a mausoleum and a fund raising campaign was launched, with Sir Walter Scott one of its leading lights. Money flowed in from all over the world but it was only in September 1817 that the mausoleum was complete and the monument installed within it. 

We return to the hotel for dinner.

Day 4

After a hearty Scottish breakfast we head for Glasgow and arrive at the Burns Room at the Mitchell Library. We have the privilege of viewing this private room that holds the national collection of Burns’ work. Here, we are joined by a University of Glasgow academic from the Centre for Robert Burns Studies, and the morning is spent discussing the collection. After lunch we say our goodbyes and return to our original departure points.

What’s included 

  • Three nights’ dinner (with wine), bed and full breakfast at the 4-star Marine Hotel, Troon. All rooms have private facilities
  • Three lunches
  • All coach transfers
  • Visits to the Burns House Museum, Mauchline, the Bachelor’s Club, Tarbolton, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Rozelle House, Ellisland Farm, Robert Burns’ House Museum, Robert Burns Mausoleum and the Burns Room at the Mitchell Library
  • Services of a professional tour manager
  • Porterage at the hotels
  • Gratuities (driver and tour manager)
  • Bottle of mineral water each day

Supplements per person

Single room: £150

Travel and overnight accommodation before or after the tour available on request
The same 3-night package by air from London (and other airports on request) is also available from £795.00 (single supplement from £150.00)

2018 Insurance Prices

As part of our booking conditions, our travellers must have adequate insurance protection for any holidays overseas but we strongly recommend that you are covered for any of our tours. Our travellers are welcome to take out their own insurance policy, providing that we have the details of this before departure. Alternatively, we can provide our own recommended single-trip travel insurance for all holidays, please see the most upto date prices below: 

UK Tours:
Under 65, from £18.00 | 65-74, from £35.00 | 75 and over, from £52.00

EU Tours:
Under 65, from £32.00 | 65-74, from £64.00 | 75 and over, from £96.00

Worldwide Tours:
Prices on application


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Depart Return
07:00 19:45
08:30 18:15
09:00 15:45
10:00 16:45
10:15 16:30
11:00 16:15
12:15 15:00
07:45 19:00
08:05 18:40
Please note pick-up points are subject to minimum numbers and all timings are approximate and may be changed. They will be confirmed when the joining instructions are sent out, approximately ten days prior to departure.