Scotland: In the Footsteps of Robert Burns23rd Jan 2025
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, read the original lines of his cherished manuscripts, and pay homage at his mausoleum.
departures:Select Your Departure Date
What to Expect
- Traditional Burns Supper with all the trimmings
- Exclusive private viewing of Burns material in the Mitchell Library
- The Burns Birthplace Museum
- Visit Ellisland Farm and Soutar Johnnie’s Cottage
- Paying your own tribute at the Burns Mausoleum
- No Single Room Supplement
|Aberdeen - Opposite Denburn Car Park behind library where Spa Street meets Skene Street
|Stonehaven - Market Square
|Forfar - Bus stop off the A90, near McDonalds
|Dundee - Outside Discovery Point
|Perth - Broxden Park & Ride, A93
|Kinross - Moto Services on M90
|Dunfermline - Halbeath Park & Ride, Jct 3, M90
|Edinburgh - Outside Reception at the Marriott Hotel, Glasgow Road
|Glasgow - Bus stop on North Hanover Street, opposite Queens Street Station
** Please note that all timings are approximate and subject to change. Final timings and pick-up points will be confirmed with your joining instructions approximately 10 days prior to departure. **
Day by Day Itinerary
Depart from your chosen pick-up points and journey to Ayrshire, where we stop for lunch (not included) and a visit to Souter Jonnie’s Cottage in Kirkoswald. This is the home of the shoe maker immortalised by Robert Burns in Tam o’Shanter. Following the tour of the outside of the cottage we venture to the village cemetery to view the graves of the main characters that inspired Robert Burns to write Tam o’Shanter.
We then continue our journey to our hotel in Kilmarnock, with time on arrival to refresh and relax before dinner is served in the evening.