Robert Burns Birthplace Museum offers a truly unique encounter with Scotland’s favourite son. Set among 10 acres of the poet’s cherished Alloway countryside, the museum comprises the famous Burns Cottage where the poet was born, the historic landmarks where he set his greatest work, the elegant monument and gardens created in his honour and a modern museum housing the world’s most important collection of his life and works.
Nearest Railway Station
Ayr Rail Station. Regular half-hourly trains from Glasgow Central. As well as the bus service, you can walk or cycle from the station to the museum.
Arriving by Foot
The walking route starts from Ayr Rail Station and leaves the city centre to pick up a series of pleasant, wide, residential streets to arrive at Alloway town and the Burns Cottage. After visiting the Cottage, a footpath, The Poet’s Path, leads to the main Burns Birthplace Museum with the nearby attractions of Alloway Old Kirk and the bridge, famous from the Burns poem “Tam o’ Shanter”.
Arriving by Bike
The route starts from Ayr Station and turning left at the exit to cross the one-way system by a set of lights. Cycling can now commence and after a couple of hundred yards on busy city centre road, turns off to the right and follows quiet, attractive, residential streets to reach the sea-shore. The route joins part of the Ayr Coastal Path then carries on along the wide Esplanade until the River Doon is reached. The route continues left before the foot-bridge and up the side of the river on a wide cycle path. A short on-road section arrives first of all at the Burns Cottage then from here the Poet’s Path can be accessed for the final section to the Burns Birthplace Museum.
Nearest cycle parking
Cycle racks are available at the front of the Burns Birthplace Museum.
Cycle carriage on trains
Trains to Ayr from Glasgow Central have storage for four cycles normally.
Glasgow central is served by local, regional, and intercity ScotRail trains which usually have four cycle spaces. Some electric trains have no or only two spaces but allow cycles to be stored in the doorways (on the right side of the train). Bicycles do not require reservations on ScotRail services to Waverley except for trains from Inverness and Aberdeen. Bicycle reservations for these services can be made by contacting ScotRail telesales on 0330 303 0111 or visiting a station ticket office. Full details are contained in the ScotRail Connections Guide.
Glasgow Central is also served by long-distance trains operated by CrossCountry, TransPennine Express, Virgin Trains East Coast, and Virgin Trains West Coast. These operators carry between two and six bicycles and require a reservation, which can be made by contacting the train company or visiting a ticket office.
Nearby Cycle Routes
The National Cycle Route 7 and the Ayr Coastal Path pass through Ayr and can be linked to the Burns Birthplace Museum from the cycle path from the footbridge over the River Doon as it enters the sea.
For more information on local cycle paths please see the Ayrshire Paths website.
Arriving by Bus
Note: The X77 departs from Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station and so can be used to travel direct from Glasgow to the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, as well as being used as a local service from Ayr to the museum.
Directions to the Bus Stop
From the Station to the Bus Stop.
Exit from the west side of the station and turn left; head to Burns Statue Square. For services 8 & 361, walk right when you reach the Burns Statue Square and continue on to the bus stop. For service X77, turn left and follow Parkhouse Street around to the traffic lights with Beresford Terrace. The bus stop for the X77 is a short distance along.
From the Bus to the Burns Museum.
If you catch service 8, take it to the last stop. From there, walk towards the roundabout (walking in the same direction as the bus was travelling) and take a right onto Murdoch’s Lone. The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum visitor centre is a short distance on the left.
If you catch service X77, the last stop is at the visitor centre.
If you catch service 361, there is a stop outside the Burns Cottage. The cottage is part of the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and is linked to the main visitor centre via the off-road ‘Poet’s Path’.
This information was believed to be correct at the date of publication of this website, 23 June 2015. We would encourage users of the site to check the public transport information presented above before setting off.