Sundays are made for exploring! Do you agree?
I’ve been meaning to visit Alloway, a cute village in Ayrshire, Scotland, because I wanted to learn more about Robert Burns and the place he grew up in. It finally happened today and I am so glad I explored a part of Scotland which is deeply rooted in Scottish culture. The village houses Burn’s cottage and a museum dedicated to his life and works. Both are absolutely amazing and offer such a big insight into the poet’s personality and aspirations.
The cottage was built by Robert’s dad William in 1757 and just 2 years later Burns was born there. It housed both his family and their animals. This is also where the famous poet got his schooling and maybe the inspiration to write poems and songs. The house itself is very small and modest with tiny windows so that very little heat escapes.
Fun fact! Scotland actually had a tax on windows in the past and only the rich were able to afford the huge French windows. Can you imagine that? I surely can’t.
I love visiting museums and learning about someone’s past. It fascinates me so much that I can literally spend hours just walking around the museum and soaking up the interesting information.
Burns for sure had an interesting life! He wrote hundreds of poems and songs which are still cherished and performed today – hundreds of years later. He was known as a party animal in his friend circle and hosted many gatherings one of which we still celebrate – Burns Supper.
He loved haggis, ale, music and … women. Yes, he fathered 12 children!!! I can’t even imagine that.
I felt blessed! The gardens surrounding the museum were more than beautiful. You know how sometimes words just don’t seem enough to describe the way nature makes you feel – humble, grounded and peaceful. I spent just 20 minutes there and I was fully recharged.
The Scottish countryside is absolutely spectacular and if you haven’t visited it, what are you waiting for?
My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here;
My heart’s in the Highlands a-chasing the deer;
A-chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe,
My heart’s in the Highlands wherever I go.
– Robert Burns
Have you been to Scotland? Do you like Burns?
Smiles and pandas,