Irvine Burns Club (est. 1826) celebrates the importance of the poet's time in Irvine in 1781, offers a unique visitor experience in the Wellwood Museum, and provides background information for researchers. 
NEW (Nov.2022): Site map and directory (on right-hand drop-down)
Latest item (Dec.2022): 'The Twa Dogs' recited in 2004 by Sam Gaw, John Inglis and Willie McPike - on the 'Enjoy recitations' page

To visit, email, including a phone number. The Museum is run by volunteers, so book at least two days in advance. Admission free.
Apr.-Sept.: Wed, Fri, & Sat - 2-5pm; Oct.-Mar.: Sat 2-5pm

Wellwood Burns Centre
28 Eglinton Street, Irvine, Ayrshire, KA12 8AS

The Museum is run by volunteers, so book at least two days in advance.
Apr.-Sept.: Wed, Fri, & Sat - 2-5pm; Oct.-Mar.: Sat 2-5pm
Groups can request other days/times.
Email, including a phone number.
Online booking is not currently available.
Limited access: Full disabled access available to ground floor only.

  bienvenue en français    bienvenidos en español

2022/23 events and openings

Sat. Jan. 28: Annual Celebration - note change from Friday to Saturday
tickets can be ordered via Paypal

Wed. March 8: Music@Wellwood concert: Aimee Taylor

Wed April 19: Music@Wellwood concert: Women in Chamber Music
(a mixed programme of classical and other composers such as Gershwin) 

Visiting Wellwood - please book in advance - contact details above
(Apr-Sept: Wed, Fri, Sat: 2-5pm; Oct-Mar: Sat only: 2-5 pm)

Wellwood on the web -

In 1999, Irvine Burns Club was one of the first Burns Clubs in Scotland to have an online presence - this led to Chinese Channel Europe filming the 2003 Annual Celebration for a food programme broadcast across Europe later that year, and to Cerys Matthews (a founding member of Catatonia) contributing to the entertainment in 2009. 

While Wellwood continues to welcome those who can visit, the 2022 redesign takes Wellwood to the world. There are more images and more resources, in more readily accessible formats, while expanding the information gathered over two decades. Read the Jan. 2022 launch-month testimonials ("something of an armchair museum").

Credits: Website redesign by Ian J Dickson (President 1996), with thanks to many directors, members and friends, including Jim Butler (Pres. 1993), Iain Doole (Pres. 2009), Margaret Greenlees (Pres. 2023), Robert Haswell (Pres. 1999), Derek Murdoch (Pres. 2016), Rosemary Murdoch (Pres., Irvine Lasses Burns Club 2019-21), Anne & Richard Foley (Spanish text), Charlie Gilmour (statue video), and Michel Monsigny (French text).

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(whether visiting online or in person)

"Whatever injures society at large, or an individual within it, this is my measure of iniquity."
"War I deprecate: misery & ruin to thousands."     Robert Burns, to Mrs Frances Dunlop (1789 & 1792)

2022-23 President Margaret Greenlees
and Vice-President Angus Middleton

after taking office on Sunday 23rd January

New president 2022

The wreath-laying ceremony at the Irvine Burns statue on Sunday 23rd Jan., 2022, as Irvine Burns Club was joined by representatives of other Ayrshire Burns Clubs, by local schools and by local organisations

Also in early 2022:
Congratulations to Team Mouat & Team Muirhead on their Olympic medals - Burns wrote: "To the loughs the curlers flock wi' gleesome speed" and, at the end of the day, "the curlers quat their roaring play."

Wreath laying 2022

  • Wellwood Burns Centre & Museum
  • 28 Eglinton Street,
  • Irvine, Ayrshire, KA12 8AS