This morning group was collected from Argyll Hotel Glasgow and then proceeded as follows:

First to Alloway through rolling dairy and arable farming country south of Glasgow. Here we visited Burns Cottage, built by Robert’s father, William Burnes in 1757 and where the famous poet was born on Jan 25th 1759.

Burns Cottage, Alloway

Burns Cottage, Alloway, Scotland

Inside Burns Cottage, Alloway

Inside Burns Cottage, Alloway, Scotland

Next to the Auld Brig O’Doon (bridge) which was made famous as the setting for Tam O’Shanter’s mare Meg. The Brig straddles the River Doon and complements the beautiful setting.

En-route we stopped for a photo shoot.

Wee cowrin tim'rous beastie with admirers

Wee cowrin tim'rous beastie with admirers at Alloway

Brig o Doon, Alloway

Brig o Doon, Alloway, Scotland

 

Tour Group at Brig o Doon

Tour Group at Brig o Doon, Alloway

Next to the immaculately maintained Burns Monument designed the Grecian style and dating from 1823. Inside is a statue house containing figures of well known Burns characters.

Burns Monument, Alloway

Burns Monument, Alloway, Scotland

Next to the Auld Kirk which was setting for the very popular poem ‘Tam O’Shanter’ which featured witches and warlocks. In the grounds can be found the burial place of Burns’ father.

Auld Kirk, Alloway

Auld Kirk, Alloway, Scotland

William Burns and Agnes Brown Grave Marker

William Burns and Agnes Brown Grave Marker, Alloway

 

Next to the impressive new Visitor Centre which uses modern technology to bring together the story and writings of Burns.

After completing our visit to Alloway we drove to the interesting and historic coastal town of Ayr where we had and enjoyable lunch at the Tam O’ Shanter pub and then spent and hour or so exploring the busy town and shops.

Ayr High Street

Ayr High Street, Scotland

Tour Group at Tam o Shanter Pub

Tour Group at Tam o Shanter Pub, Ayr

Finally, we paid a brief visit to the beach at Ayr and then returned to Glasgow, arriving about 5.00pm.

Sandy Beach at Ayr

Sandy Beach at Ayr, Scotland

 

Extracting Guest from Beach at Ayr

Extracting Guest from Beach at Ayr, Scotland

Our trip today was aided by dry weather.

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