The Burns Monument in Alloway
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ROBERT BURNS BIRTHPLACE MUSEUM, ALLOWAY
Despite my small moan in the main Alloway page of this website, you should, if at all possible, not miss this. It will cost you money to get into the museum part and into the cottage where Robert Burns was born, but, to be honest, it probably isn't any more expensive than most other major tourist attractions in the UK, and believe me, this is a major tourist attraction, and a full day could be spent happily wandering through it all. Although called the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, it's more of a Robert Burns heritage park with sundry things relating to the man. There's the cottage where he was born, the old kirk ruins and grave of his mother and father, a modern museum housed in a small park area where man-sized metal mice stand guard, the ancient structure known as the Brig o' Doon, and the Burns Monument located in stunningly beautiful gardens down near the River Doon. If you creep into the base of the monument you will find seated statues of the characters Tam o' Shanter and Souter Johnnie and a woman whose name escapes me. Apart from the cottage and museum, everything else is free. I would highly recommend that you sit awhile in the gardens either around the Burns Monument or near the Brig o' Doon, where peaceful thoughts may be had.

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Tam o' Shanter figure in the Burns Monument in Alloway

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