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Sunday October 25th: TAMFEST – Ayrshire’s celebration of Halloween and Robert Burns

Tamfest is an annual festival which takes place in Ayr, South Ayrshire in Scotland. As the birthplace of Robert Burns, the people of Ayrshire are hugely passionate about celebrating the life and legacy of Burns.

Tamfest was named after Burns legendary poem Tam O’Shanter which depicts the story of Tam O’Shanter on a night out in Ayr ending up meeting with the devil and witches on Halloween with the witches chasing him and his horse Meg all the way home!

Tamfest is an incredible event which takes place throughout October, culminating in events around Halloween, involving the whole community who come out to support the event. Local schoolchildren, artists and performers take part in celebrating both Robert Burns and Halloween and the incredible link between them. There’s usually live music performances all over the town of Ayr, a haunted house tour and an amazing ‘Dawn of the Deid’ procession which takes place with hundreds of local people, families and children taking part all dressed in spooky outfits as ghouls and ghosts!

This year Tamfest will take place online as a virtual event, live streaming from the famous Gaiety Theatre in Ayr with a brilliant program of live music, performances and a few spooky surprises thrown in. You can watch the live stream on Sunday October 25th from 10am GMT to 6PM GMT on the Tamfest YouTube Channel here.

  Video from 2017 Tamfest

Tamfest has been running since 2015 and was set up by local businesswoman and musician Meredith McCrindle. Originally from Texas and now a resident of Ayr, Meredith is passionate about the local community, the incredible heritage of Robert Burns and of Scotland itself.

Follow Tamfest on Facebook at at www.facebook.com/TamFestAyr


Travel Itineraries Provided by VisitScotland

VisitScotland, a partner organization of The American-Scottish Foundation, has provided a set of travel itineraries coinciding with Scotland’s famous tourist routes.

coastaltouristroute Scotland has twelve famous tourist routes that lend to many new discoveries for travellers. The routes include coastal trails such as the Angus Coastal Route and the Fife Coastal Route, explorations of the Borders through the Borders Historic Route, and travels through the Highlands via the Highlands Tourist Route and the North & West Highlands Route. Scotland’s diverse landscape, remote towns and hidden villages are all waiting to be explored.

Find out more about these twelve tourist routes on VisitScotland.com

The detailed itineraries provided by VisitScotland are filled with activities to entertain and excite you as you travel through Scotland’s tourist routes.bluebell-wood-loch-eck-argyll These itineraries vary in length and theme.

They map out activities for visits lasting anywhere between two to fourteen days. The themes span Robert Burns, Scottish heroes, famous castles, and public transport.

inveraray-castle-argyllAn example of one itinerary celebrates ‘2016, the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design’ in Scotland, planning out four days in Glasgow, Ayrshire and Arran, Dumfries & Galloway, and Argyll. The travel plans take you through museums, gardens, castles and more.



Another itinerary, called “Scotland, the Home of Golf,” maps out a fourteen-day travel plan revolving around golfing throughout Scotland. This travel plan will have you swinging clubs in St Andrews, Aberdeen, Ayrshire and more.

To read more about these travel guides, or find help planning out your vacation, head to this link from VisitScotland and find the itinerary that’s right for you.

See you in Scotland!

Images via visitscotland.com