Historic Sites

Souter Johnnie’s Cottage

Main Road, Kirkoswald, South Ayrshire, KA19 8HY

Phone number: 0844 493 2147


See Scottish literature come to life in this 18th-century thatched cottage in the heart of Kirkoswald, Ayrshire. The former home of cobbler – or souter – John Davidson, the real-life Souter Johnnie immortalised in the Robert Burns poem Tam o’ Shanter, it features a thatched tavern in the garden, complete with life-sized sandstone statues of the poem’s main characters.

The house also offers a taste of how the Davidson family would have lived and worked – inside the cottage there is a reconstructed shoemaking workshop crammed with Souter Johnnie’s original tools, as well as living quarters with period furniture. There is also a small collection of
Robert Burns memorabilia.