• 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 the best of 21st century Ayrshire showcasing the work of local artists and crafters, all available to purchase.

There’s also a small collection of artefacts which illustrate the life of the Davidson family and the Burns connection.

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Opening times & Prices

24 May
  • Cottage: Closed
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Prices
  • Member: FREE
  • 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