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Souter Johnnie's Cottage

Souter Johnnies Cottage Main Road, Kirkoswald KA19 8HY, Scotland
+44 1655 760603
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It should have been open but was shut.

The reason I have given a rating of terrible, is because the place should have been open, it even... read more

Reviewed 23 May 2017
Tracey A
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Cumbria, United Kingdom
Not as expected

As we'd just been to burns cottage & museum we thought it apt to call at Souter Johnnie's cottage... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2016
patricia f
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York, United Kingdom
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  • Average38%
  • Poor5%
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“ale house” (3 reviews)
“robert burns” (4 reviews)
“shoemaker” (3 reviews)
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Souter Johnnies Cottage Main Road, Kirkoswald KA19 8HY, Scotland
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Reviewed 23 May 2017

The reason I have given a rating of terrible, is because the place should have been open, it even said on the door open, and it was shut. Nothing more to say really!

Thank Tracey A
susan_RBBM, Visitor Services Manager at Souter Johnnie's Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2017

Please could you contact me: slcolquhoun@nts.org.uk, I would like to discuss your experience further, Souter's is open from 11.30-5pm Friday-Tuesday and our Gallery Assistance was in attendance yesterday. I would appreciate the chance to discuss further with you and see what went wrong. thanks

Reviewed 13 August 2016

As we'd just been to burns cottage & museum we thought it apt to call at Souter Johnnie's cottage ,him being the shoemaker friend of Burns. Lovely little cottage ,a very nice lady filled us in with the story but I have to say I...More

Thank patricia f
susan_RBBM, Visitor Services Manager at Souter Johnnie's Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2016

Thank you for taking the time to review Souter's, sadly none of the original furniture or artefacts from his time at the cottage remain, however our Curator has been trying to source examples of what he might have used to make shoes and we hope...More

Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

We were welcomed by a very friendly lady who explained the history of the cottage. Whilst disappointed there were no original artifacts, the arts on display were very interesting and we were particularly impressed with the sandstone statues in the building at the back. Worth...More

Thank Barbara T
susan_RBBM, Visitor Services Manager at Souter Johnnie's Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2016

Thank you for your review, the cottage has now closed for the winter except by special arrangement. during closure we will be working on the next stage of the project which will involve displaying artefacts and memorabilia relating to John Davidson: the Souter which will...More

Reviewed 6 July 2016

The cottage is small, but the lady gave lots of information and an information sheet and we went out into the garden which is lovely and into the Ale House, what a surprise awaits!!!! Entrance is Free and is Open Friday to Tuesday from 11.30am

Thank May T
Reviewed 29 August 2015

The ottage is literally just two rooms and a wee garden, nothing to see but the woman there was lovely and her cat, Eddie, made my day :)

2  Thank Wordsmith18
Reviewed 23 July 2015

Even if you are not into Robert Burns this small cottage is useful. It gives a fascinating insight into rural Scotland. It shows how whole families lived in the one room and a second room was used by the shoemaker for his trade. It is...More

Thank stewrat222
Reviewed 15 June 2015

You should note that this attraction is not in Glasgow as the heading indicates. It is in Kirkoswald in Ayrshire. Souter Johnnie was the inspiration behind Robert Burns's poem Tam O'Shanter and Burns visited this cottage on a number of occasions. The cottage is traditionally...More

Thank Iain S
Reviewed 23 May 2015

This cottage is small & quaint. It has a small living area & a small work shop attached. It is furnished to the period. There is a small thatched building at the back with life sized replicas of Jonnie, his wife, Burns & another (which...More

Thank Scotgirl2015
Reviewed 9 May 2015

A good place to visit an insight into the life of a cobbler and his family in the era of Robert Burns . The guide was very helpful and informative .

Thank bill n
Reviewed 29 April 2015 via mobile

A good place to visit, very interesting, a new guide book is apparently being made, this would be helpful, they do have an information card, that is interesting & helpful, I'd recommend & visit again

Thank Piperpaul83
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