Burns Country Run
Burns Country Run is a route of 162 miles and celebrates the life of Robert Burns the National Bard of Scotland.
more commonly referred to as Robbie or Rabbie Burns was born in Alloway near Ayr and died in Dumfries. Our route includes both towns and much more besides.
Alloway is home to Burns Cottage where the great man was born in 1759. Burns cottage now forms part of the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum which is a National Trust Property. The exhibition is set in 10 acres and also houses a modern museum containing the Worlds greatest collection of Burns life and works. There are a monument and gardens created in his honour – well worth spending a few hours.
In Dumfries, you can visit Robert Burns House, DG1 2PS and the Robert Burns Centre in a watermill on the banks of the River Nith. Robert Burns House is where the poet spent his last years and provides a great insight to life for Burns and his family. The Robert Burns Centre provides an exhibition with many of his belongings and manuscripts. There is also a haunting audio-visual alongsides a scale model of Dumfries as it was in Burn`s times.
Other highlights of our Burns Country Run include:-
Culzean Castle, a splendid castle dating back to 1777 situated south of Ayr on the coast of the Firth of Clyde and managed by the National Trust of Scotland.
Drumlanrig Castle – another majestic castle near Thornhill which opened in 1691! Things to do here include castle tours, cycling and mountain biking, walks, fishing, land rover tours, gardens……
Loch Doon Castle – a ruined castle beside Loch Doon set amongst the spectacular scenery of Galloway Forest Park. Loch Doon Castle has links with King Robert the Bruce.
Moniaive, a quaint and delightful village well known for its music scene.
Ellisland Farm – a farm where Robert Burns lived and worked which is now a visitor attraction and museum.
Crawick Pass – a mountain pass, well known for its spectacular views.
Visit South West Scotland thank Dave Smith and Motor Cycle Scotland, Buccleuch Arms, Moffat for use of this map and route.