Outdoor learning – Burns Walk and Den Building

On Tuesday we had an outdoor learning day in Alloway and Rozelle.  We went on a Burns walk and built a den in Rozelle.  P5-7 were our tour guides.  They had decided on a route and created fact cards for each landmark.  They also devised an activity for each place we stopped.  Here are some of the places we visited, the activities we took part in and some pictures of us.

Brig o’ Doon

  • The Brig o’ Doon is thought to have been built in the early fifteenth century . The bridge was thought to be built by James Kennedy.
  • The bridge is on the Bank of Scotland £5 note.
  • The final scene in Tam O’ Shanter took place here.
  • The Brig o’ Doon, sometimes called the Auld Brig or Old Bridge of Doon, is a late medieval bridge in Ayrshire, Scotland.


You are going to get 5 groups of 5 and we will give you parts of Tam O’ Shanter to act out or characters from Tam O’ Shanter to act like.

  1. While we sit bousing at the nappy,
    And getting fou and unco happy,
  2. Where sits our sulky sullen dame.
    Gathering her brows like gathering storm,
    Nursing her wrath to keep it warm.
  3. Or catch’d wi’ warlocks in the mirk,
    By Alloway’s auld haunted kirk.
  4. Weel mounted on his gray mare, Meg–
    A better never lifted leg–
    Tam skelpit on thro’ dub and mire;
    Despisin’ wind and rain and fire.
    Whiles holding fast his gude blue bonnet;
    Whiles crooning o’er some auld Scots sonnet;
  5. Ae spring brought off her master hale,
    But left behind her ain gray tail;
    The carlin claught her by the rump,
    And left poor Maggie scarce a stump.

Burns Memorial Gardens

  • The building is 70-foot high Grecian-style temple.
  • It was designed by Sir Thomas Hamilton.
  • It has nine pillars.
  • It was built In 1823.

Game – What’s the time Mr Burns

Haggis, neeps and tatties time – 3 steps

Poem time – 1 step

Lassies time – girls only 1 step

Lads time – boys only 1 step

Kilt swing time – 2 steps

Highland fling time!!!! – all perform pas de bas or high cuts – best dancer is the next Mr Burns.

Auld Kirk      

  • The Auld Kirk is mentioned in Tam O’ Shanter.
  • William Burns (Rabbie’s Dad) is buried in the graveyard.
  • The Alloway Auld Kirk dates back to the 16th Century.


  • Work in pairs to find different textures within the graveyard.
  • Use paper and a crayon/ charcoal to create a rubbing of the texture.
  • Discuss the different textures you find and use adjectives to describe them to each other.

Poets path

  • This attractive pedestrian pathway connects Burns Cottage with the main museum site.
  • Look for creative ironwork signage crafted by Timorous Beasties and bordered by attractive seasonal plantings.
  • There’s plenty of art to spot along the way. Look out for Kenny Hunter’s cast iron mouse and Jake Harvey’s larger-than-life granite haggis! 

Activity: tim’rous beastie (like murder wink)  

  • The mouse must twitch their nose at people in the circle.
  • Step out of the circle and hold your tummy when you’ve had too much cheese!
  • The ploughman must guess who the mouse is.

Burns Cottage

  • Burns Cottage was built in 1757
  • It was built by William Burns
  • Robert Burns was born on the 25th January 1759 and died on the 21st July 1796 at 37 years old
  • Michael Jackson’s song Thriller was said to be inspired by Robert Burns poem Tam O’ Shanter

Activity – Burns Photo Poses

  • Witch from Tam O’ Shanter
  • Tam’s Horse Meg
  • Angry Haggis
  • Playing the Bagpipes
  • Highland Dancing

Rozelle park

  • Rozell House was made in the 1700’s.
  • It’s open all year long.
  • There is a very big house there called a mansion that people like to visit.
  • There are lots of animals to look out for. There are foxes /wood peckers /owls/baggers/birds/squirrels/bugs and more.

Activity – Den building.

We are going to have a picnic lunch then work in teams to make some shelters.






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