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Address: Souter Johnnies Cottage Main Road, Kirkoswald KA19 8HY, Scotland
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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... read more

Reviewed August 13, 2016
patricia f
York, United Kingdom
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Greenock, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed September 20, 2016

Although of historic interest, the cottage is (currently) nothing more than a shop for local crafts and goodies, with the Ale House providing sandstone reproductions of four people from the past and nothing more.

Thank Ian G
susan_RBBM, Visitor Services Manager at Souter Johnnie's Cottage, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, sorry that you were disappointed by your visit. The cottage is a very fine example of Vernacular Architecture of the time and as such is significant. Last year we undertook a large scale renovation of the building including re-thatching the roof which should ensure it remains in a good state of repair for many years... More 

York, United Kingdom
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145 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed August 13, 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 was a tad disappointed there were no artefacts from Souter Johnnie's time at the cottage,there... More 

Thank patricia f
susan_RBBM, Visitor Services Manager at Souter Johnnie's Cottage, responded to this review

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 that when we re-open next season the displays in the cottage will include appropriate artefacts> More 

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6 reviews
Reviewed July 27, 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 a visit.

Thank Barbara T
susan_RBBM, Visitor Services Manager at Souter Johnnie's Cottage, responded to this review

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 include the Davidson family bible, so if you were to visit us next year I... More 

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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed July 6, 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
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49 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed August 29, 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
Oldham, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed July 23, 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 a National Trust for Scotland and is easily coupled with Culzean Castle which is just... More 

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Lanark, United Kingdom
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147 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed June 15, 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 thatched and to the rear there are artefacts that tell the visitor a lot about... More 

Thank Iain S
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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102 reviews
92 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed May 22, 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 was covered up when we were there) The member of staff was very nice &... More 

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Livingston, United Kingdom
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219 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed May 8, 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
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104 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed April 28, 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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