Brig O’Doon, Alloway

This evening, I am posting information on the famous Brig O’Doon at Alloway, Ayrshire, Scotland about forty miles S.W. of Glasgow near Ayr.

Brig O’Doon is a Scots-English term for ‘Bridge over the River Doon’.

The bridge is categorised as a 22m, single-span arch bridge.It dates from the late 1400s and no longer carries vehicular traffic.

Robert Burns immortalised the bridge in his poem Tam O’Shanter where he (Tam) and Meg escape the clutches of the witch Nannie by galloping over the Brig O’Doon leaving Nannie with nothing more than Meg’s tail.

Burns would be familiar with the bridge as he was born about one mile away, in the same village.

The bridge has lent its name to the 1947 musical, Brigadoon by Lerner and Loewe which was followed by the 1954 film of the musical starring Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse.

The immaculately maintained hotel close to the bridge is a popular weddings venue.

Other Burns connected sites in Alloway are:

Brig O’Doon, Alloway, Scotland.

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