take our word for it read the following testimonials from satisfied
few weeks ago I spotted a wee leaflet in the Ayr Tourist Information
Office with the above title, offering a guided walking tour of Ayr
Town. It sounded lighthearted and fun and I figured some visitors
may fancy giving it a go.
to WVgolfchics trip reports this week, we now have someone who has
done the tour and has given it the thumbs up, so here's what was
did enjoy Ayr. Not knowing much about the city, we hired the 'Walkabout'
tour guide. Nice fellow, and he told us a lot about the history
of the town. Met some really nice people in the pubs too."
reply: "I saw a brochure in the tourist information - it was
a local guy, wearing a kilt and looked like he might be a bit of
a character in the photos - was this the guy? Do you remember his
His name is Donald Kay, and "a bit of a character" is
a perfect way to describe him. He said he had only started it a
few months ago, and he is nosing around trying to find out more
of the history of the town. I just found the brochure. Its called
"Walkabout Auld Ayr Town". It has his phone number and
e-mail address too.
was a very likable fellow, even e-mailing us when we got home."
found Donald's website:http://www.walkaboutayr.com/
notes posted at :- www.tripadvisor.com
this letter in the Ayrshire Post today :-
I had an incredibly interesting tour around Ayr the other day. It
is terrible that you visit a so often and never really know and
see the town. The tour was conducted by Donald Kay, called Walkabout
Auld Ayr Town.
try and advertise it , go on it yourself, recommend your staff,
you will learn so much, which is so important to us. He is full
of knowledge and has made it wheelchair friendly too.
P Watts, Girvan
From the grateful woman and her family, whom you gave a ride to.
are you? I just wanted to let you know that we made it home safe.
I am the woman that met you in the gift shop at Culzean castle,
and you kindly offered my family and me a ride to the station in
still talk about your kindness and how much we learned from you,
and all the beautiful scenery that you showed us. I want you to
know how much we appreciated all of it. I just know how successful
your business venture will be, as you are educational and funny,
a winning combination
Donald. I am finally catching up at work, and finally got a chance
to really look at your leaflet. Very impressive! I wish my family
and I could have done a walking tour with you, but at least we got
to enjoy your company on the short ride to Ayr. Thanks again! Hope
all is well. Take care!
20 Russian delegates in September with their interpreter
said they had a very good time seeing the shops and the unbelievable
views from the top of St Johns tower and enjoyed walking round old
and new Ayr & hearing the stories the stories about the town
Alison Gray - Ayrshire Buisness Centre
delegates from the living church of God - commented ,very interesting
and a nice relaxing walk and are looking forward to coming back
this year to do the Spend some time wi Rabbie tour
The Patna Primary:
Well it was my part as Rabbie Burns that grabbed their attention
!! they invited me up to take part in their St Andrews celebrations
dress up as Rabbie Burns and tell them all about Rabbie and recite
some poetry .1st wee lad
Donald Kay I am writing to say thank for coming to our celebrating
Scotland day and thank you for telling the stories and the poems
of Rabbie Burns . You were good at being Rabbie Burns Yours sincerely
Michael P 4
am writing to say thank you for coming to our Scotland day and telling
us and the school the stories and poems. It was fantastic , I loved
it .Thank you for dressing up as Rabbie Burns I loved it Yours sincerely
Courtney Cassells P4
McGinn - Gateway Project
I found Donald on the internet when I was looking for Easter
holiday activities in the local area that would be accessible for
the young people with disabilities that I work with. He was most
charming, helpful and knowledgeable and we spent a really interesting
and fun afternoon in the spring sunshine. The tour was wheelchair
accessible and Donald interacted excellently with us all. I can
recommend this tour to anyone who wants to find out more about the
history of Ayr in a way that really brings it to life.
Morrison - South Ayrshire Council
To help publicise Compost Awareness Week which was during the same
week as the "burn's an' a' that festival " , we commissioned
"Robert Burns" alias Donald Kay to hand out leaflets and
bring attention to the reasons for home composting and the availability
of the bins at a subsidised rate.
Donald came up with some good ideas for promotional pictures, and
helped us get the message across effectively.
Suzanne M Grant - Events Manager Friars Carse Ellisland
Donald was very instrumental and interactive when portraying Robert
Burns and at the re opening of the Hermitage.and afterwards in Friars
Carse Country House Hotel
tale and performance of Tam O' Shanter was enjoyed by every one,
and we felt the overall day went very well.
Barone, Collette Vacations - Product Coordinator, United Kingdom
I want to thank you so much for everything. I am so glad I contacted
you. I will be sure to keep your name on file for any future custom
tours that come my way the wish to visit Ayr.
the rest of the summer!
Washbrook, Education and Outreach Officer, Scottish Screen Archive,
National Library of Scotland
Donald as 'Rabbie' played a big part in the delivery of six archive
film workshops from the Scottish Screen Archive, that I ran as part
of the Burns an' a' That! Festival 2008. Whilst a silent animated
film of Tam O'Shanter screened, Donald as Rabbie presented the poem
to the children. The children were able to see on screen what 'Rabbie'
was describing in the poem and to ask him questions. The workshops
worked really well on an educational and fun level and the teachers
attending commented that "Rabbie visiting was a great idea"
and "the appearance of 'Rabbie Burns' really caught the children's
attention". The workshops proved a big success with children,
teachers and librarians alike and we all had great fun.
Buchannan - Delegation of 40 Norwegian Dentists
"Thank you very much for the very interesting tour. Everybody
enjoyed it, and you were a very good storyteller and guide. I would
like to see the Robert Burns tour, so next time I will contact you.
How long before do you have to know? And next time I will try the
new pub on the other side of the bridge.”
year Donald appeared at the Edinburgh Festival, has been on STV
and on the BBC - he has also met with Alec Salmond at the re- opening
of the Auld Kirk in Alloway and has been chosen on STV to represent
Robert Burns who Bob Dylan says inspires him and his own works.
has also worked with Visit Scotland at various Burns Suppers &
Historic Scotland at various events , also was chosen to represent
William Burness at the meeting of Roberts mother Agnus Broun and
then the wedding www.maybole.org "where
it all began.”
Valentine - Radio Scotland
to hear from you. I've been meaning to email all week to tell you
how much I enjoyed the tour - you are a wealth of knowledge and
bring everything to life with your delivery.
will definitely be using the material and was going to sort out
tomorrow but unfortunately now have to go to a funeral.
am on leave for 2 weeks after that but I will definitely sort everything
out the week I come back (week beginning 29th June) and will send
on the links then.
again for taking the time and trouble to show me historic Ayr -
you really are a credit to the town.
like TripAdvisor are eminently more readable and carry far more
weight and influence than traditional guides or tourist boards,
" said professor John Lennon of Glasgow Caledonian University's
Moffat Centre for Travel and Tourism. "People like to see what
their peers have written about a place and those views are stronger
than television sales and direct marketing combined.
they're easy to access and updated regularly, word-of- mouth sites
are fast becoming the new way forward for tourism. TripAdvisor is
probably the top of that list." One man who played a part in
getting the ball rolling for Ayr is local tour guide and Burns impersonator
online by travellers as "a likable fellow", and "a
bit of a character" Kay, like Ayr, has benefited from his exposure
on the site.
Burns' contribution to Biggar Day Out 2009 was thoroughly appreciated
and made a real contribution to the atmosphere in the town. His
hard work and application up and down the High St.and in so many
venues did a great deal to add to the general environment. For one
elderly lady it appears that having Robbie reciting 'My love is
like a red, red rose' to her was the highlight of the weekend and
I hear she came over 'all of a flutter'. Good job we had first aid
is how it started !!
am not really sure what I am looking for really and as a travel
professional myself, Tommy Millar email@example.com
I know that this is exactly the type of enquiry that's sometimes
not that welcome.
have a group of around 40 coming by coach to Kilmarnock for 5 nights
during the first week in September
this is how it finished : )
belated thanks for all your assistance last month.
a Group Organiser, it was great to have you along with our Party.
Your knowledge and enthusiasm on the life of Robert Burns and the
sites to visit made life much easier for me. To lean on your expertise
meant that I did not need to worry about missing something or somewhere
out and it was fascinating to hear little details which are often
neglected in "mass" coverage of the Bard.
is a beautiful town and still retains many aspects of it's old character
but I am sure we would have missed out on much of this had it not
been for your help.
wish you continued success in the future.
From Raymond Armstrong Owner of Bladnoch Distillery. Nov
a few lines to say many thanks for your appearance and performances
in costume at the recent launch of the 8 year old Bladnoch whisky.
You added great authenticity to all the events. I attended the Wigtown
Festival supper in the County Buildings and greatly enjoyed your
compering of the event and Tam o' Shanter. Indeed Rabbie's quick
wit and humour saved us all some potential embarrassment when the
haggis failed to arrive in time to be slain, but it was nothing
less than we expected from the bard.
has it that Rab ended the evening in good company with a few good
drams but none more than were deserved.
an' whisky gang taegither.
you again for a wonderful day on Saturday one that I will remember
forever. Many of my questions were answered and it just brought
all the stories to life. Kenny had a wonderful day too and having
talked about our day over and over he retained some of the facts
I didn't so between us we have a much better knowledge than we started
with. I think it is a day we will discuss at great length for a
long time to come. Below is a copy of my posting on trip advisor
I hope it meets with your approval. I hope that someone on Artier
council reads my last comments and that in the future you are given
the respect and help you require to further ambitions. They just
don't know what they are missing.
of luck with your ventures in the future. It was a pleasure to meet
you and I hope to return one day to do it all again, maybe with
Eyemouth Ladies Burns Club, Who knows!!!
been a Robert Burns enthusiast for many years a tip to Ayrshire
was something that has been on my "must do" list for a
long time. This weekend I was able to do just that and the highlight
of my trip was a day in the company of Donald Kay aka Robert Burns.
His local knowledge of both past and present was great and he went
out of his way to make our day something that I will remember forever.
He picked us up after breakfast in his Burns Bus and we toured all
the attractions on the Burns trail. Having the man himself (Robert
Burns I mean) with us seemed to open doors that the run of the mill
tourist would not see. Donald was immaculately dressed in traditional
costume complete with wig and quill pen he knew all the people to
talk to at the official attractions introducing us to them like
old friends we were made to feel like VIP guests. He vividly brought
to life the great words of the Bard and we passed the time between
stops reciting some of the best stories.
Whether you are a big fan of the Bard or someone who would like
to know more about him or even if you have an interest in social
history this is the best way to visit south Ayrshires past. What
an asset Donald is to the promotion of Ayrshires tourist industry.
The minutes just winged there way wi pleasure!!
Traffic Controllers - Prestwick Airport - 460 Guests - 46 tables.
A big thank you as our PC Celebration event was a HUGE success!
I’ve attached a couple of snaps.
week I completed a feedback exercise with my team and a select number
of guests, and we have the following items to share with you:
& Steven McCulloch - And The Canadian Travel company
Lovely idea to use Rabbie to greet our guests
Rabbie very much looked the part and added that little bit of
Scottish into the evening without overdoing it
You spoke with confidence and were keen to accommodate our needs
Quite a few tables never got a chance to meet you and would have
are a couple of photos from Harrison Reid (who took our photos)
- they are low enough resolution to email and post to your website.
(see Weddings Page for photographs)
for entertaining our guests and helping to make our wedding at Burns
Cottage truly unique - The bard himself was there!"
& Steven McCulloch
Pauwels, Manager - Pauwels Travel Bureau Ltd.
I just returned from a trip to Scotland with a group of 18. During
our trip we spent a day in Ayr with Donald Kay who took us around
the sites and tried to explain to us the story of Tam O'Shanter.
Donald / dressed as Robbie Burns was a truly delightful and charming
man who proves beyond a doubt that the Scots are known for their
- Marie President R T Burns Club
Thank you so much for kindly being a wonderful Robert Burns for
us at the event, leading the cottage tour and presenting our lassies
with roses. It was great meeting you and having you generously taking
us around on Sunday in your Rabmobile as Sarah calls it.
Cowan - R T Burns Club
Donald...many thanks for entertaining us last night - it was a very
pleasant evening. unfortantely, we turned up too late for the tour
of the cottage, and I had hoped to have a chat to you in person
during the evening...never mind - maybe some other time. My best
Crome - R T Burns Club
t was such a splendid event. Thanks to everyone for a lovely event.
Rose, Reg and Keith, you did wonderfully well
had such a wonderful time at the Cottage. Donald was wonderful.
It was great to meet everyone. Thank you so much.
we so much enjoyed your tour. We learnt so much and sorry we had
to cut it short in the end. We will return for more.
Crolley - R T Burns Club
Met Donald Kay three times now, once at Oswald Hall, Auchencruive,
once at Burns Cairn, New Cumnock and lastly on Saturday 24th of
July at Burns Cottage, Alloway, Ayrshire.
This time was the first chance joining one of his tours and what
a difference it made having someone dressed in period costume talking
about the 18th century poet.
"Rabbie" taking visitors (and locals) around the haunts
of Scotland's national Bard should be promoted more by the councils
done Donald. Keep up the good work.
& Richard - Wedding at Rozelle 27th September 2010
so much for your contribution to our wedding.
Two of the women there are still talking about how handsom u r
Thanks once again