Places to visit

Souter Johnnie's Cottage

Souter Johnnie's Cottage

Souter Johnnie's Cottage

Home of the man immortalised by Robert Burns in Tam o' Shanter

  • Step inside the home and workshop of an 18th-century shoemaker. 

  • Sensitively restored to bring history to life.

  • Includes a space for local artists to display their work. 

  • See fascinating artefacts relating to the life and work of the village souter.

‘and at his elbow Souter Johnnie 
his ancient, trusty, drouthy crony’ 

Tam o’ Shanter’s partner-in-mischief was said to be based on John Davidson, the souter (shoemaker) who lived in this thatched cottage with his family in the late 18th century. 

With changing exhibitions of local arts and crafts, this small gallery and gift shop retains the atmosphere of Davidson’s family home and workshop while providing a showcase for local talent.  

A thatched outbuilding in the garden houses life-sized sculptures of Tam, Souter Johnnie and Nance Tunnock, prominent characters from Burns's life, – ‘fast by an ingle, bleezing finely’.