The Tour

The tour is a must do for the Burns enthusiast, or for anyone visiting the town who would like to learn more about the Bard.  It is a leisurely walk of around 1.5 miles and will take approximately 2.5 hours, dependant on how long the guest wishes to spend at each venue.

The Tour

Start - Robert Burns Statue


Robert Burns Statue

Burns Statue was erected in 1882 and was funded by public subscription.  It was designed by Amelia Hill and sculpted in Carrera marble by Italian craftsmen.

2 - The Robert Burns Centre


The Robert Burns Centre

Originally an old 18th-century watermill, the centre has recently been upgraded with modern audio/visual aids.  The centre’s exhibition includes original letters and artefacts of the Bard and boasts a 3D model of Dumfries as it was in the late 1790’s.

3 - St Michael's Churchyard


St Michael’s Churchyard

Many of Burns’s friends are buried in the graveyard.  The Church where he worshipped can also be visited during the summer season.

4 - The Mausoleum


The Mausoleum

By kind permission from Burns House, we are allowed access into The Mausoleum to view close up the gravestone and Turnerelli’s mural of Coila spreading her mantle over Burns at the plough.  Take the opportunity to sign the visitors book.

5 - Jean Armour's Statue


Jean Armour’s Statue

This tribute to Jean Armour, wife of Robert Burns, was erected by the Burns Howff Club in 2004.  Following Burns death in 1796, Jean lived the rest of her life in Dumfries.

6 - Burns House


Burns House

Burns home from May 1793.  It was here that the Bard died on the 21st July 1796.  It is now maintained as a museum with many exhibitions to enjoy.

7 - The Globe


The Globe

Burns favourite Howff.  Recently taken over by Annandale distillery, the bedroom where Burns sometimes slept, along with Burns room where he enjoyed a drink with his Drouthy Cronies are kept in period fashion.  (Note: additional charge may apply).  This is also the home of The Howff Club.

Your Guide

Bobby Jess is a well known and popular Burnsian.  A winner of several Burns recital competitions.  He performs regularly at Burns Suppers across the Country.  Throughout the tour you’ll hear Bobby recite many verses of the Bard’s famous works.

Bobby Jess


£10 per adult
£5 per child over 12 years

(Children must be accompanied by an adult)

Group prices negotiable


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