Hire a campervan in EdinburghPosted on: May 6, 2015
One of Scotland’s favourite sons, and indeed, one of the world’s most beloved poets, is Robert Burns. Known as the Ploughman Poet, or simply, The Bard, explore Burn’s remarkable life through his former homes and museum collections when you hire a campervan in Edinburgh.
After you hire a campervan in Edinburgh, a pilgrimage to land of the Ploughman Poet starts here at the Writer’s Museum, where you can learn about him through the nationally significant Robert Burns Collection, portraits and even his favorite writing desk.
Robert Burns Museum & hire a campervan in Edinburgh
Then it’s a mere hour-and-a-half drive to Ayrshire, where The Bard was born, when you hire a campervan in Edinburgh. Visit the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, home of the largest and most important Burns collection in the world. Here, set in 10 acres of lovely Alloway countryside, is a collection of buildings and landmarks connected to his life, as well as his writing set, pistols and, for the curious, a cast of his skull. Explore Burn’s Cottage, Monument and Brig O’ Doon, from his famous poemTam O’ Shanter. While in Ayrshire, don’t miss a trip to the Bachelor’s Club in Tarbolton, where Burns held his debating club, and the Burns House Museum in Mauchline, where he lived and wrote in the mid-1780s.
On this tour, we will take further hour-and-a-half drive to Dumfries and Galloway, past the scenic Galloway Forest Park, where many fine campsites and wild camping opportunities await when you hire a campervan in Edinburgh. This makes a perfect base for exploring Burns country!
Hire a campervan in Edinburgh
Burns moved to Dumfries and Galloway with his family in 1788, and you can visit his former home, Ellisland Farm, now a museum that displays some of his original writings and possessions. Stop over at his final home, the Robert Burns House (on the fittingly named Burns Street) and discover where he wrote some of his best loved poems. Drop in for a drink and tour at The Glove Inn, Burn’s local pub. His old chair is still in the bar- and if you sit in it, tradition dictates that you have to recite a Burn’s poem or buy a round! Don’t forget a copy of Burn’s poetry when you hire a campervan in Edinburgh, and spend your evenings taking in the beautiful country that inspired him whilst reading aloud to each other- the ultimate literary holiday.