Places to visit

Bachelors' Club

Bachelors' Club

Bachelors' Club

Humble house where Robert Burns learned to dance

  • Visit this authentically restored attraction and find out about Robert Burns’s formative years.

  • The upper floor, where Burns and his companions gathered, is still used for annual Burns Suppers and other events.

  • In 1937 the house faced demolition, but it was rescued for the nation by the Burns Federation and the National Trust for Scotland, opening to the public in 1971.

  • Look out for the ‘10 Rules of Membership’ written by Burns, including one that members must be single, male and from Tarbolton. 

A few years before his first collection of poems was published, Robert Burns co-founded the Tarbolton Bachelors' Club in this curious red-shuttered, thatched 17th-century house. It was here that he learned to dance, became a Freemason and created a men-only debating society.

Bachelors' Club is a must-see for Burns fans and gives a rare insight into the secrets of male social life of the age. Downstairs is an 18th-century living space, while upstairs are the meeting rooms once used by Burns and his friends.