The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Donald Kay offers a taste of Rabbie Burns over breakfast

By: Murdoch MacDonald

AYRSHIRE tourism businesses are working together to offer visitors a unique Rabbie Burns experience.

Ayr’s Burnside Guest House and Donald Kay of Walkabout wi’ Rabbie Tours have joined forces to offer visitors a taste of the national bard over a Burns Breakfast.

[Picture shows Donald Kay as Rabbie Burns with Liz Drysdale, owner of The Burnside Guest House.]

Donald Kay, in his guise as Rabbie Burns, will join guests of The Burnside at breakfast time to give a potted history of Burns’s short but eventful life and recite a selection of his poetry including “Tam O'Shanter”.

Guests of the four-star guest house will be treated to a feast of porridge with whisky and cream, a traditional full Scottish breakfast with haggis and black bread, followed by fruit, cheese and oatcakes.

They will then have the opportunity to join “Rabbie” on a visit around Burns country on his walk-about tour including a visit to Burns Cottage and Museum, Burns Memorial, Alloway Kirk and Brig o’ Doon which plays a vital role in his most famous Tam O’Shanter poem. Guests will also be given the opportunity to enjoy a session of whisky tasting.

The Burns Breakfast is supported by Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire which is encouraging businesses to collaborate to develop new Burns-related products.

Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire tourism team leader Lynne Pringle said: “Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire is supporting tourism businesses to ensure that they capitalise on the legacy of Burns through innovation and collaboration. Earlier this year, we held workshops to encourage businesses to work together to develop new Burns tourism products, and this is an excellent example of this in action.

“Tourism is a growing industry in Ayrshire, worth £330 million to the economy and we are committed to working with the sector to develop its skills, innovation, products and destinations.”

Liz Drysdale, owner of The Burnside Guest House, said: “You’ve heard of the Burns Supper, now visitors can enjoy the Burns Breakfast. Burnside Guest House offers this experience as a memorable way to be introduced to the works and wonder of our national bard, and the breakfast is informal, entertaining and suitable for all ages.

“I really want to provide people with an introduction to the life of Burns, to encourage them to visit Burns country, and to find out more about this remarkable person. The Burns breakfast is a novel idea, and seemed a fun way of doing just that. We can now offer this new and unique experience to visitors throughout the year.”

Donald Kay, who has been awarded Entrepreneur of the Year for Ayrshire, added: “The Burns Breakfast is an excellent way for tourists to spend some time with Rabbie in the land of Burns, and learn about his life and poetry. Working with The Burnside Guest House has increased the enjoyment of the Walkabout wi’ Rabbie Tours experience, and we hope to further develop our collaboration."

Donald Kay
Walk About Auld Ayr Town
116 Russell Drive
Ayr KA8 8JN

Telephone: 00 44 (0)1292 287765
Mobile 07867 510 165

For more information about Burns Breakfast at the Burnside CLICK HERE

About Scottish Enterprise

Scottish Enterprise is the main economic development agency for Scotland covering 93% of the population from Grampian to the Borders. The Scottish Enterprise Network consists of Scottish Enterprise and 12 Local Enterprise Companies. Working in partnership with the private and public sectors the Network aims to build more and better businesses, to develop the skills and knowledge of Scottish people, and to encourage innovation to make Scottish business internationally competitive. Further information on Scottish Enterprise is available at


Scottish Enterprise supports the Scottish tourist industry by helping businesses offer a world-class service to visitors. It offers a wide range of business development services in areas vital to the industry. These include e-business, skills development, collaboration, innovation and new product and service development. It is also involved in supporting the development of the tourism infrastructure through visitor attractions, countryside facilities and improvements in public areas such as town centres.

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