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Rabbie Burns is widely respected and passionately regarded as The National Poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide. He is most certainly celebrated in Scotland and is often referred to as Scotland’s Favourite son. Amongst some of his most notable works; “Auld Lang Syne”, “To a Mouse”, “A Man’s a Man for A’ That”, “Ae Fond Kiss”, “Scots Wha Hae”, “Tam O’Shanter”, “Halloween” and “The Battle of Sherramuir”.
This route – perhaps fittingly starts in Dumfries the place of his death where before you even start the ride you can visit the Robert Burns House, Burns Street, Dumfries, DG1 2PS. It was in this simple sandstone house in a quiet Dumfries street that Robert Burns, Scotland’s national poet, spent the last years of his brilliant life. The house gives us a picture of how the poet and his family lived in the late eighteenth century. It is now a place of pilgrimage for Burns enthusiasts from around the world.
Whilst still in Dumfries you can also visit the Robert Burns Centre, situated in the town’s eighteenth century watermill on the west bank of the River Nith. The Robert Burns Centre tells the story of Robert Burns’ last years spent in the bustling streets and lively atmosphere of Dumfries in the late eighteenth century. The exhibition is illuminated by many original manuscripts and belongings of the poet. There is a fascinating scale model of Dumfries in the 1790s and a haunting audio-visual presentation.
Also on the trip it will be worth visiting the Burns Birthplace Museum which offers a truly unique encounter with Scotland’s favourite son. Set among 10 acres of the poet’s cherished Alloway countryside; the museum comprises the famous Burns Cottage where the poet was born, the historic landmarks where he set his greatest work, the elegant monument and gardens created in his honour and a modern museum housing the world’s most important collection of his life and works.
The route itself offers up a splendid overview of this South Western corner of Scotland with some great scenery and quiet roads to simply enjoy the journey with some interesting Burns stops along the way.
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No problem with fuel on this route, all the major towns have fuel stations.