Monday 25 January 2010

National Trust Burns Itinerary

Experience Weaver's Cottage on the outskirts of Glasgow. See how the specially designed Burns family tartan bedspread, created to celebrate Burns's 250th birthday, was made on a working 200-year-old loom, the last of 800 handlooms once used in the village.

A 45-minute drive from Glasgow takes you to the heart of Burns Country and to Burns National Heritage Park in Alloway.

• Visit the newly interpreted thatched cottage where Burns was born.

• Experience our new audio-visual displays and corporate facilities.

• Stroll across the Brig o' Doon and explore Alloway Auld Kirk, immortalised in Tam o' Shanter.

• Climb to the top of Burns Monument and explore the surrounding commemorative gardens.

• Enjoy traditional Scottish dishes in our 80-cover restaurant and visit our Burns-themed gift shop.

Other local attractions with strong Burns connections include the Bachelors' Club, Souter Johnnie's Cottage and Culzean Castle & Country Park.

Burns made several visits to Edinburgh, to oversee publication of his work and as a guest of the city's brilliant men of letters. Today, you can capture the essence of the city's Old and New Towns with visits to the 17th-century Gladstone's Land on the Royal Mile and the late 18th-century Georgian House in Charlotte Square.

Dating from 1360 and said to be haunted, Kellie Castle & Garden is steeped in history. The 5th Earl of Kellie's youngest son was a much valued friend of Burns.

Bannockburn Heritage Centre near Stirling holds pride of place in Scottish history. Burns visited Bannockburn in 1787 as part of his tour of Stirlingshire and the Highlands. He wrote to a friend,'... two hours ago, I said a fervent prayer for old Caledonia over the hole in a blue whin-stone where Robert de Bruce fixed his royal standard on the banks of Bannockburn.' Today, you can re-live the battle experience with a guided battlefield tour, explore an interactive weapons display and enjoy the gripping, new short film depicting the dramatic events of June 1314

Burns visited Drummossie Moor, the site of the battle of Culloden, on 6 September 1787. Today, you can walk the battlefield using groundbreaking multilingual GPS-enabled battlefield guides, just one exciting feature of this multi-award winning 5-Star Visitor Attraction.

Nearby Brodie Castle is where Burns stayed for one night of his Highland tour. He wrote to his brother Gilbert on 17 September 1787, 'I slept at the famous Brodie of Brodie's one night ...'

You can Click here for a copy of the NTS Full seven day itinerary.

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