Ayrshire & Arran

Souter Johnnie’s Cottage

Home of the shoemaker immortalised by Robert Burns in Tam o’ Shanter

Planning your visit

There are food and drink facilities in the village of Kirkoswald, in the nearby town of Ayr and at Robert Burns Birthplace Museum.

For more information about planning your visit please see our frequently asked questions.

If you’d like to speak to us we can be contacted by telephone: 01655 760603.

Facilities & access

  • There are cobblestones on the pavement in front of the cottage.
  • There is a steep sloping garden.

We have an ongoing programme of accessible content development. Detailed accessibility guides for the most visited Trust places are available on our Accessibility pages as well as links to useful resources.

We’d love you to visit the Euan’s Guide website to review the accessibility of Trust places and tell us (and others) what’s good and where we need to do better.

Dogs welcome
Guided tour

There’s a small car park (not National Trust for Scotland) at the south end of the village, 150m from the cottage, or there are various lay-bys (free parking) on the main road opposite the cottage.


Our online shop sells a great range of products inspired by Scotland’s national bard! 100% of our profits go towards protecting Scotland’s heritage.

The cottage is accessible for wheelchairs.

Opening times


1 Jan–28 Mar, closed Current period 29 Mar–30 Sep, Fri–Mon, 11.00–16.00

Entry prices

Souter Johnnie’​​s Cottage
One adult family

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At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

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