Alloway (Gaelic Allmhaigh, pronounced [aɫ̪avaj]) is a former Scottish village that is now a suburb of Ayr. It is best known as the birthplace of Robert Burns and the setting for his poem "Tam o' Shanter".
The birthplace of Robert Burns, known as "Burns Cottage", is located in Alloway, now adjacent to a museum containing original manuscripts of his poetry. A nineteenth century memorial to Burns, designed by Thomas Hamilton, is located at the foot of the village next to the present church.
The nearby, ruined Alloway Auld Kirk and the old bridge over the River Doon (Brig o' Doon) are featured in the poem "Tam O'Shanter", and are presently tourist attractions. Burns's father, William Burnes, is buried in the Auld Kirk. To add a "ghostly" appearance to the place, green lights are illuminated over it at night.
The whole site relating to Burns, encompassing Burns Cottage, the Brig o' Doon, Alloway Auld Kirk, the old and new Museum buildings, the Burns Monument and relevant local landmarks, is maintained by the National Trust for Scotland as the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum.
There are two main parks in Alloway. The first, Rozelle, hosts the Ayr Flower Show each summer and has an art gallery which holds various exhibitions throughout the year. Rozelle also maintains a permanent sculpture collection, including a Henry Moore and a series of granite carvings by Ronald Rae. The second, Belleisle Park, houses a golf course, walled garden, Camelia House, and a playground.
Alloway has a primary school, library, post office, general store, church, pharmacy, and gift shop.
Cambusdoon New Ground is located in Alloway on the former Robertson's Field, and has hosted a number of Scotland Cricket Internationals. It is also the home of the Ayr Cricket Club, founded in 1859. Ayr Cricket Club has been at Cambusdoon since 1996, when they moved across the road from the original Cambusdoon ground. Ayr Cricket Club moved from the Dam Park to the original Cambusdoon ground in 1935; it remained their home for 60 years until it was sold for housing in 1995. The original cricket ground, which hosted two first-class matches (Scotland vs. Ireland in 1958 and 1974), was developed on the grounds of the former Cambusdoon Estate, once owned by 19th Century Iron and Coal magnate James Baird. Baird's original Cambusdoon House, now a ruin, was converted to a boys' preparatory school in the late 1920s, and the rest of the estate surrounding the cricket ground was developed for housing in the late 1930s. Former England cricket captain Mike Denness grew up in one of the houses on Shanter Way, which adjoined the cricket ground.
Ayr Hockey Club also play out of the Cambusdoon ground, on a purpose-built floodlit astroturf pitch, which is also used for 5-a-side and 11-a-side football. There is also a bowling green, with the Cricket Club, Hockey Club and Bowling Club being held under the Cambusdoon Sports Club title.
Newark Estate is a pheasant and partridge game shooting estate immediately to the south of Alloway. It has been owned by the Walker family for at least three generations, their family grave being prominent in the churchyard of Alloway Parish Church.
- http://www.ruleworks.co.uk/Ayrshire/ronald-rae.asp Ronald Rae's Granite Stone Sculptures in Rozelle Park
- About Ayr - About Ayr, South Ayrshire Council website information about Ayr
- South Ayrshire Council - South Ayrshire Council's website contains comprehensive information about the services provided by the Council
- Chris Dooks - Alloway-based artist, doctoral researcher and composer
- Video recital of Tam o' Shanter by Alloway's auld haunted kirk