Robert Burns — or Rabbie Burns to the Scots — is a shining beacon of Scotland. Renowned for his iconic poems and songs, this literary wonder was a pioneer of the Romantic Movement. His words have always made a deep impression; subsequently after his death, Burn’s work inspired many founders of socialism and liberalism. Whether he addressed a haggis, a louse, a mouse, a woman, or a man, this purveyor of words painted a profound picture through his ingenious lyrics. Embark on the ultimate tour of attractions entwined with Scotland’s beloved Bard.
Burns possessed a certain fondness for Scotland’s capital and referred to her as ‘Edina! Scotia’s darling seat’. The Writer’s Museum is a captivating cabinet of curiosity dedicated to the lives and brilliant works of Scotland’s most prominent literary figures. Set eyes upon the very desk where Burns put pen to parchment and thus made the magic happen. Bookworms can nerd out over the multiple manuscripts pertaining to Burns, one of which includes his draft of Scots wha hae (Bruce’s address to his troops at Bannockburn). Expect a hefty collection of personal objects, published works, and manuscripts all revolving around this Scottish Bard. Be prepared to examine the plaster cast of his skull too. Wander the serene public haven of Makars’ Court (Makar means poet or author in Scots lingo), which features inscribed flagstones in honour of famous Scottish writers.
Rozelle House Galleries is utterly fascinating. Delve deep into the exquisite work of revered Scottish artist Alexander Goudie. His 54 paintings all portray the tale of Tam O’ Shanter — one of Burn’s most epic and gripping narrative poems. This literary work of art came about in 1790 and was published in 1791 when Burns was residing in Dumfries. Although lengthy, this poem features a good mix of Scots dialect as well as English. This exceptional exhibition is housed in the stunning mansion house built in 1760 by the architect of Culzean Castle Robert Adam.