Alloa is the pretty village where Robert Burns was born in 1759. Several sights are clustered around the poet’s birthplace under the umbrella title of Burns National Heritage Park. If you only have time to visit one place, make it the Burns Cottage and Museum, where the poet lived the first seven years of his life. The tiny cottage contains the actual bed where Burns was born. The neighboring museum exhibits some fabulous artwork as well as many of his original manuscripts. Close by is the beautiful ruin of Alloa Auld Kirk, the eerie setting for the witches’ dance in Tam O’Shanter, and the Tam O’Shanter Experience is an elaborate audiovisual retelling of the famous poem. You can also see the 13th century arch of the Brig O’Doon, the scene of the climax to the poem.