• Souter Johnnie's Cottage
    Souter Johnnie's Cottage© The National Trust for Scotland
  • The interior of the 18th century cottage
    The interior of the 18th century cottage© The National Trust for Scotland
  • Tools from the cobblers trade
    Tools from the cobblers trade© The National Trust for Scotland
  • Life-sized sandstone statues of the characters from Tam o’ Shanter
    Life-sized sandstone statues of the characters from Tam o’ Shanter© The National Trust for Scotland
  • The cottage has a small collection of Robert Burns memorabilia
    The cottage has a small collection of Robert Burns memorabilia© 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.


The Broons Burns Night

The Broons' Burns Night

January 25th is Burns Night, the birthday of Robert Burns. Burns was born in 1759, and is Scotland's best-known, and most celebrated, poet. Robert Burns has many fans, and Burns Suppers are held throughout the world to celebrate the …

The Broons' Burns Night £4.95
 

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Opening times & Prices

21 Oct
  • Cottage: Closed
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Prices
  • Member: FREE
  • Adult: £3.50
  • Family: £9.00
  • 1 Parent: £7.00
  • Concession: £2.50

Gradings & Awards

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

5 day weather forecast

  • Tue 21/10 : Patchy rain nearby 9°C 9°C 21/10
  • Wed 22/10 : Light rain 13°C 13°C 22/10
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