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Robert Burns

Although Burns lived a short life, dying at the age of 37, it was fulfilling and eventful. Starting out as a farmer then moving on to become a writer, Burns travelled throughout Scotland where he gathered inspiration for much of his work. The stunning Ayrshire scenery and the romantic setting of Dumfries helped provide the insight for compiling much of his romantic material.

Brig o' Doon in Ayr, inspiration for Burns'../../userfiles/images/brig-o-doon-ayrshire_B104.jpgAround the world tributes to the life and works of Robert Burns are held, through the ritual of the Burns Supper. Originally started a few years after his death by a group of his friends and acquaintances to honour his memory, the suppers are now celebrated annually on the date of his birth, 25th January.

No Burns Supper would be complete without The Haggis, The Drink (normally Whisky), The Songs, The Recitals, The Dance and of course the most important ingredient of all, The Fun. If Burns were alive today he too would surely have enjoyed the celebrations!Burns, Cottage, Alloway, birthplace of Robert Burns

2009 marked the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns' birth and was the inspiration behind the year of Homecoming.  Thousands came home to the home of Burns in 2009 and celebrated his life and work at one of the many Burns-related events during the year.  View the footage below for a taster of what it's like to be at a Burns Supper.

View our 'Address to the Haggis' footage.


View our 'Auld lang Syne' footage

The Scottish Government have also developed some great interactive Burns Night footage - including an introduction to Burns, various poems, recipes and an overview of Burns Night - that we highly recommend!