Wee sleekit, cow’rin, tim’rous beastie,
O, what a panic’s in thy breastie!
’ [‘To a Mouse’, 1785]

An attractive pedestrian pathway connects Burns Cottage with the main Museum site. Along the way you can spot creative ironwork signage crafted by Timorous Beasties, celebrating scenes from Burns’s Tam o’ Shanter. The path is bordered by seasonal plantings.

There’s also plenty of wonderful Burns-related artworks to spot as you stroll along. Look out for Kenny Hunter’s decidedly not-so ‘wee mouse’ made from cast iron and, a little further along, Jake Harvey’s larger-than-life granite haggis!

A mouse statue on the Poet’s Path in Alloway. The mouse sits up on its hind legs with its tail curled around its base. A crescent of paving stones lie before it. A very large hedge runs along the background.