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Published: August 29th 2012
Since we'd mentioned some time ago that we've never been to Glasgow and would like to, Ian and Glenis arranged a two-day "short break". In pursuit of both families' Scottish heritages, we made the trip across on Monday a kind of pilgrimage to Alloway, near Ayr - the birthplace of Scotland's celebrated poet, Robert Burns.
Unfortunately the day was wet and rather chilly, but we had a pleasant drive across the north of England, roughly along the line of Hadrian's Wall, into Scotland at Gretna, and north-west through Dumfries and Galloway. Lunch in a sweet and friendly little tea room at Auldgirth, then on to Alloway.
We spent a pleasant afternoon at the two major sites. First was the carefully restored and maintained cottage where The Bard was born in 1759, consisting of connected byre and two-roomed living quarters. He was obviously born into a very poor family, and his father's belief in the value of learning and education formed the basis of his future success.
This was followed by a most enjoyable and informative visit to the nearby Burns Museum, full of excellent exhibits both static and interactive.
Late afternoon, and it was off to a
The Bard wrote "Flow gently Sweet Afton, amang thy green braes". Given the weather, it wasn't so gentle this day.
lovely country park hotel on the outskirts of Glasgow, and a wonderful dinner of fresh Scottish fare.
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