Burns Cottage - Old Doon Bridge - Alloway Trail - Slaphouse Burn - Rozelle Park - Burns Cottage

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Although located in a town this circular walk is along hard paths in green corridors throughout the route. Passing by important Robert Burns memorial sites and over the original 17th century Old Doon Bridge (photo on the right), you walk along the old railway route through the town - now a multi-user asphalt path. You then walk along the wooded Laigh Glengall, for a short distance passing beside the babbling Slaphouse Burn, and then reach Rozelle Park. Walking through the woods you reach the main park drive and after passing the old cottage arrive at the main road. In a few hundred yards you are back at the Burns birthplace cottage where you parked. Other walks in this locality are 760 and 1156.

This walk is suitable for children, teenagers, senior citizens and anyone in-between. Excellent for dogs, and possible for buggies but there are a few flights of steps to negotiate, and this will make the route hopeless for wheelchairs. Suitable footwear will be anything stout and flat-soled but as you may encounter some mud past the old bridge boots will be best, and there should be no problems for anyone wearing shorts. There are refreshments and toilets at the tea rooms in Rosella Park (section 14), inside the Burns Cottage museum and at the restaurant opposite the Cottage. At either you should be able to get a good meal with a drink; an excellent finish to a good walk. You will find an occasional picnic table on your route and also several bench seats scattered along it.

Scotland - South Scotland - Ayrshire and Arran - Town or city


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Mostly Flat, Museum, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland