Brig O’Doon and Tam o’Shanter’s story

Close to monument and Memorial Gardens to Rubert Burns in Alloway stands this mighty medieval stone bridge over the river Doon. It was built in the 14th century and what we see today are the remains of that first bridge and the renovated one from the 18th century.


The bridge plays an important role in the poem Tam o’Shanter by Robert Burns. Tam, the hero of the poem meets and is captured by a group of witches on his way home drunk from the local inn. The only way for him to escape is to ride away on horseback over the bridge. He manages to escape, however, his horse loses her tail.

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