South Ayrshire lights up for Burns Night celebrations!

 19 January 2017  |  

Hurl a Haggis - Alloway 1759

Hurl a Haggis - Alloway 1759

As part of Scotland's Winter Festivals programme, Alloway 1759 is set to warm us up with a range of exciting events and activities including for the first time ever….Burns Alicht!

Burns Alicht on Saturday 28 January is a unique tour celebrating Scotland's most famous poet. The tour begins at Burns Cottage where you can walk in the footsteps of the charismatic bard.

Wander along the illuminated Poet's Path and cross the bridge to the spooky Auld Kirk Graveyard. Follow the route over the moonlit Brig o' Doon which brings you back to the museum for an evening of superb entertainment.

The indoor activities include mechanical sculptures, live music, poetry, craft workshops for the kids, food drink and lots more. This special evening concludes with the burning of John Barleycorn. Get your tickets at

If you can't make Burns Alicht, there are plenty of other events taking place to celebrate the life and works of Robert Burns.

Alexander Goudie's internationally renowned Tam o' Shanter exhibition is running from Sunday 15 January to Sunday 12 March at Rozelle House. This is only the second time in their history that these larger than life paintings have been shown to the public.

The Haggis Hoolie is on Friday 20 January, celebrating the Bard's birthday in style with a Burns Supper, Ceilidh Band and a variety of talented local performers.

The Burns Big Birthday Bash is on Sunday 29 January – Explore Burns Cottage and experience the World Haggis Hurling Championships!

The Robert Burns Humanitarian Awards is also on Sunday 29 January. The award is presented annually to a group or individual who has saved, improved or enriched the lives of others or society as a whole, through personal self-sacrifice, selfless service, 'hands on' charitable/volunteer work, or other acts.

Look out for special offers, cookery lessons plus a host of Burns Supper events at Burns Cottage, Brig o' Doon Hotel, Ayr Racecourse.

Full details of all these events and more can be found at