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Interesting!

Called in when passing through Ayrshire. Not quite what expected but interesting nevertheless. The... read more

Reviewed 16 April 2018
RosyHER3
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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Interesting place!!

Three of us went here while we travelled through the area. Quite well done inside the house... read more

Reviewed 14 January 2018
Bobby31225
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Fort Mohave, Arizona
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Souter Johnnies Cottage Main Road, Kirkoswald KA19 8HY, Scotland
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 1 April 2008

Souter Johnnies Cottage is a great short stop for anyone with a passing interest in visiting places associated with the poet Robert Burns. Entry was free to us, and is free to anyone holding membership of National Trust for Scotland, National Trust or British Heritage...More

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Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

This used to be a lovely atmospheric recreation of souter johnnies cottage and where he worked as a cobbler and lived. But now all the history has been ripped out and the walls whitewashed and decorated with modern art. It's now just a shop selling...More

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susan_RBBM, Visitor Services Manager at Souter Johnnie's Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write your review of your visit to Souter Johnnie’s Cottage. In 2015-16 the Trust undertook important and extensive conservation work at the cottage including rethatching the roof, damp proofing and re-liming the walls (externally and internally) The Trust...More

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Reviewed 30 August 2018 via mobile

We went here as we are on the Robbie Burns trail on our holidays! We were met by a lovely blonde lady (wish I’d got her name) who told us everything we needed to know about the cottage and Johnnie. Ok there are things displayed...More

Thank GEORDIEJUNE
susan_RBBM, Visitor Services Manager at Souter Johnnie's Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2018

Thank you for leaving a lovely review, our Gallery Assistant will be delighted to hear that you enjoyed talking with her, her enthusiasm for and love of the Gallery always shines through. Hope you also managed to add The Bachelor's Club at Tarbolton to your...More

Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

Ok for a visit if you are driving by but wouldn't go out of your way to go here. Not much to do or see.More

Thank Brian B
susan_RBBM, Visitor Services Manager at Souter Johnnie's Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2018

The cottage is important as an example of vernacular architecture in the area and in the context that it was the home of John Davidson, Shoemaker, thought to be the inspiration for the character Souter Johnnie in the poem Tam O' Shanter, Souter being a...More

Reviewed 24 July 2018

Recommended by the owner of the holiday cottage we stayed in. Very friendly and welcoming varied menu and 1st class produce. Would have no hesitation recommending.More

Thank Steve S
susan_RBBM, Visitor Services Manager at Souter Johnnie's Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2018

thank you for leaving your review but I think this might have been meant for Souter Johnnies Inn, also in the village rather than Souter Johnnie Cottage home of John Davidson, shoemaker (Souter) believed to be the character Souter Johnnie is the poem by Burns...More

Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

This used to be a lovely atmospheric recreation of souter johnnies cottage and where he worked as a cobbler and lived. But now all the history has been ripped out and the walls whitewashed and decorated with modern art. It's now just a shop selling...More

2  Thank tavernaagape32
susan_RBBM, Visitor Services Manager at Souter Johnnie's Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write your review of your visit to Souter Johnnie’s Cottage. In 2015-16 the Trust undertook important and extensive conservation work at the cottage including rethatching the roof, damp proofing and re-liming the walls (externally and internally) The Trust...More

Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

We visited the cottage and the lady who greeted us gave us so much information about the cottage, Souter Johnnie and all that went on. It was lovely to see the cottage maintained in its original state, also be used for other things too. Well...More

Thank Linda H
susan_RBBM, Visitor Services Manager at Souter Johnnie's Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2018

Thank you for some lovely feedback, Ffyonna whom you met will be delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit. The cottage is important as a representation of Ayrshire vernacular architecture as well as it's connection to Burns and we want to preserve it for...More

Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

Called in when passing through Ayrshire. Not quite what expected but interesting nevertheless. The thatched room outside was fascinating. The lady looking after the cottage was very informative.More

Thank RosyHER3
susan_RBBM, Visitor Services Manager at Souter Johnnie's Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2018

Thank you for leaving your review and pleased that although we weren't what you expected you enjoyed your visit, I will pass on your comment to Ffyonna with whom you spoke she will be pleased to hear you found her informative, the Ale House is...More

Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Had a beautiful lunch from the main course menu. Would recommend the haggis, neeps and tatties with peppercorn sauce. Also the the garlic chicken in the brioche bun. A special thanks to the lovely, friendly and very handsome waiter, Mokhtar who makes each visit very...More

Thank LucienneMartin1975
susan_RBBM, Visitor Services Manager at Souter Johnnie's Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

Thank you for leaving a review however this is the site for Souter Johnnie's Cottage, the home of John Davidson who is the inspiration for the character Souter Johnnie in the poem Tam O' Shanter. I think your review was intended for Souter Johnnie's Inn...More

Reviewed 14 January 2018

Three of us went here while we travelled through the area. Quite well done inside the house. Gallery in one room and you can see a little bit of how life used to be at one time back then. The out building in the back...More

Thank Bobby31225
susan_RBBM, Visitor Services Manager at Souter Johnnie's Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2018

Thank you for your review, glad you enjoyed your visit. For anyone reading this review and thinking of Visiting please note the Cottage is shut for the winter but will re-open April 1st. Please check the NTS website for opening times before visiting

Reviewed 14 November 2017 via mobile

We visited to see this ancient house expecting to see it treated in the same was as the Bachelors' Club had been but it has been modernised to give a shop in one room and a gallery in another with white painted walls. This had...More

Thank Mike S
susan_RBBM, Visitor Services Manager at Souter Johnnie's Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 16 November 2017

Thank you for your review, sorry you were a little disappointed by the Gallery but in using the space in this way we hope to keep alive the spirit of creativity of Souter Johnnie (John Davidson the Shoemaker) Also as the family was not as...More

Reviewed 23 September 2017

I felt I owed it to myself to visit Souter Johnnie's Cottage as we were so close to it. I went in alone and there was an art display inside the tiny home. The curator/ host was involved with two other guests and I am...More

Thank Kermit403
susan_RBBM, Visitor Services Manager at Souter Johnnie's Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2017

Thank you for a lovely review. The furniture in the cottage is limited but is of the period and we also have some shoemaking tools on display of the type which would have been used by Souter Johnnie himself- (for anyone reading this and not...More

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