Robert Burns (or just "Rabbie") is Scotland's national poet whose birth is celebrated world-wide with Burns Suppers. He was born in a cottage now managed by the National Trust for Scotland (NTS), that is less than 2 miles from where Craig Tara is now. South-west Scotland, and Ayrshire in particular, is Burns country and there are many sites for the Burns enthusiast to visit. Many would also be enjoyed by visitors who just want to find out a bit more about the man, his work and 18th century Scotland.
Here we list a few of the ones nearest Craig Tara.
This suburb of Ayr is the Burns hub and is a short walk from Craig Tara. Here you will find the cottage he was born in, the Auld Kirk (where his father is buried), Brig O' Doon, and the Burns Memorial. The NTS have recently built a first-class Birthplace Museum right at the centre. A wonderful Poet's Walk connects the museum to the cottage. This path has a wonderful set of weather-vanes depicting scenes from his famous "Tam O' Shanter" poem which was set in the area. A wander around these various sites is essential for anyone interested in Burns.
This village is about 14 miles from Craig Tara and is another centre for Burns, as he lived and worked here for many years.
It was here he met and married his wife, Jean Armour: there is a statue of her in the village.
At the north end of the village is the National Memorial Tower. There is also a small museum in the village.
In this 17th-century thatched house in Tarbolton, Robert Burns and friends formed a debating club in 1780. Burns attended dancing lessons, and was initiated into Freemasonry here, in 1781.