Opening hours: Apr.-Sept.: Mon./Wed./Fri./Sat 2.30-4.30 pm - just ring the bell
Admission free (Oct.-Mar..: Sat. only)

'Wellwood', 28 Eglinton St., Irvine, KA12 8AS ::: email: info @ ::

Virtual visit ::: News & events
Below: how Irvine town centre featured Burns during 2014 and 2015!

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Coming soon - on Tues 18th and Wed 19th August - an evening with US actor David Crawford - to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Poe living in Irvine (at age 6) in autumn 1815.
Poe at the Porthead - download info sheet
at 7pm a walk round where Poe lived and went to school, at 8pm the performance in 'Abuv', and afterwards a discussion and light supper
Tickets 10 - contact

The Provost's Civic Pride Awards - spring 2015
Irvine Burns Club, in partnership with the Irvine Lasses Burns Club, not only topped the Arts and Culture category, but was also awarded the Provost's prize as overall winners. Each year North Ayrshire Council recognises individuals and organisations who contribute significantly to the community.


Left: President Derek Murdoch holding the Civic Pride awards which recognise the contribution made to community life and heritage by the Irvine Burns Club and the Irvine Lasses Burns Club.


Right:The Friendship Cup - "Presented by Irvine Burns Club to Annie Small President of Irvine Lasses Burns Club to mark its 40th Anniversary, February 2015."

News & events

The long-lost (101 years) lifeboat station BAROMETER (1861-1914)
will soon be on display in the Wellwood Museum - date to be announced

Irvine Music Club - 2015-2016
- look forward to details

Good Morning Scotland programme - January 2013 but still of interest

Website items include:


The June 2015 return to Irvine of the Lifeboat Station Barometer is documented on our Irvine Harbourside page, under Resources > RNLI & Irvine 1861.

The 2014 newsletter (click to read), John Kelso Hunter , Capt. Gray , Burns in Edinburgh , Past Pres. James Miller 1964<
The revised Town Centre Walking Tour
The amazing story of the 'Planter' - a gallantly defended sea attack, its links with Irvine, and a mystery
Transcription of notes about the history of Irvine harbour, compiled by ex-Provost John Paterson in the 1880s, on our project site for Irvine Harbourside


The hoarding which throughout 2014 brought the Bard to the centre of the Irvine community - click to enlarge it. It's now back for 2015, but this time opposite the Burns Tavern.

The Burns statue, donated by John Spiers in 1896, sculpted by James Pittendrigh Macgillivray, the scene of an annual wreath-laying ceremony on the January Sunday nearest the Bard's birthday.

See our On-line Support Desk for:

* Masterclass DVD set on Scots music, poetry, songs and language
* "Honorary Members", vol.s 1 and 2
* Booklet on the sculpture of Burns and Wallace"
* Life Membership of Irvine Burns Club
* and several other items

"The A-list Burns Club" ('Scottish Daily Mail' - November 24th, 2009)

In 1781 Robert Burns worked in Irvine. In Irvine Captain Richard Brown encouraged Burns to publish his verse. The published poet was born! The late Sandy Macara was of the opinion that "Irvine is also where Burns caught the rheumatic fever that caused his death"!
In 1826, two friends of Robert Burns, with ten others, founded Irvine Burns Club, which, in 1962, opened the Irvine Burns & Burgh Museum, at 'Wellwood', in Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland - open four times weekly from April to September, and weekly on Saturdays during the winter.


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