Ayrshire & Arran

Bachelors’ Club

Robert Burns learned to dance and debate in this authentically restored house.
The interior of Bachelors’ Club, including a fireplace, Burns’s portrait, wall clock and violin
  • Find out about Robert Burns’s formative years in this authentically restored attraction.

  • See the room where Burns and his friends gathered to debate the big issues of the day.

  • Look out for the ‘10 Rules of Membership’ written by Burns.

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At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

Join from £5.20 / month

About this place

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.

Our accreditations and awards

  • Visit Scotland 3 Star Award
  • Green Tourism Bronze Award