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Tour Alloway

The village of Alloway, south of Ayr, was the birthplace of Robert Burns in 1759, and the cottage where he was born, built by his father, is now a museum of his life and work. Many sites in the area are mentioned in his poems including: Tam o’ Shanter: the Auld Brig o’ Doon to the south; Alloway Old Kirk, a ruin in Burns’s day, features as the place where the warlocks and witches dance. Burns’s father, William Burnes, is buried in the churchyard. The splendid monument by Thomas Hamilton beside the Brig o’ Doon was built between 1820 and 1830. There is a large modern visitor centre.

The Western Lodge is Ayrshire's new country house hotel situated in the grounds of Ayr Racecourse. The hotel boasts ten sumptuous bedrooms with the Lodge offering excellent family accommodation. The hotel is an ideal base for exploring the surrounding areas, with many shops and golf courses nearby. Burns Country is also close by offering many places of interest.

The Ramada Ayr is situated near Ayr town centre. Whilst the beach is nearby, the hotel has an extensive leisure centre, and there are 22 golf courses in the area. Set in the heart of Burns Country you can enjoy magnificent views of the Isle of Arran.

The Swallow Station Hotel is a fine Victorian building in the lovely seaside town of Ayr. It offers all the virtues of the Scottish way of life, with a fine selection of whiskies and generous portions of food.

If you would like to Tour Alloway on a highly personalized small group tour of my native Scotland please e-mail me: Sandy Stevenson

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