• Souter Johnnie's Cottage
    Souter Johnnie's Cottage© The National Trust for Scotland
  • Scan from glass plate transparency
    Scan from glass plate transparency© The National Trust for Scotland
  • Modern day exterior of Souter Johnnie's Cottage
    Modern day exterior of Souter Johnnie's Cottage© The National Trust for Scotland

See Scottish literature come to life in this 18th-century thatched cottage in the heart of Kirkoswald, Ayr. The former home of cobbler – or souter – John Davidson, the real-life Souter Johnnie immortalised in the Robert Burns poem Tam o’ Shanter, it features a thatched tavern in the garden, complete with life-sized sandstone statues of the poem’s main characters.

The house also offers a taste of how the Davidson family would have lived and worked – inside the cottage there is a reconstructed shoemaking workshop crammed with Souter Johnnie’s original tools, as well as living quarters with period furniture.

There’s also a small collection of Robert Burns memorabilia.


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Opening times & Prices

02 May
  • Cottage: 11.30 - 17.00
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Souter Johnnie's Cottage is undergoing renovation to create a new gallery and will open in May 2016. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
Prices
  • Member: FREE
  • Adult: £3.50
  • Family: £9.00
  • 1 Parent: £7.00
  • Concession: £2.50
  • Admission is free, but visitors are encouraged to support our work by joining or making a donation.

Gradings & Awards

  • Scottish Tourist Board - 3 Star
  • The Green Tourism Award - Gold