Only 20 years after Burns’ death, a committee of his biggest supporters began to plan out a memorial for the great poet. This resulted in the 70-foot-high Grecian-style temple that stands today in Ayr! Complete with 9 pillars to represent muses from Greek mythology, this memorial is a beautiful piece of architecture and a must-see for any burns fans out there!
The monument itself was funded by subscriptions and opened up in 1823! There is no admission fee to enter the monument and gardens but the venue still raises funds to help conserve this magnificent memorial for everyone to enjoy for years to come!
Just next to the monument in the gardens is a small statue house. Here, sandstone sculptures of Souter Johnnie and Nance Tinnock are displayed, crafted by sculptor James Thom.
Visitors are able to climb up the monument staircase and take in all of the amazing views of Alloway and the surrounding landscape before enjoying a walk through the tranquil landscaped gardens! The garden’s main feature is a rose in homage to Burns’ famous poem.