Once upon a time a young Ayreshire poet by the name of Robert Burns grew disillusioned with his work. He contemplated a move to Jamaica, to take up a job offer on a plantation. He packed his bags, he booked his ticket…and the day before he left he received a letter from his friend Thomas Blacklock, of West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh.
Blacklock encouraged him to visit Edinburgh, stay with him, and meet some literary colleagues. Burns immediately changed his plans, took Blacklock up on his offer, and arrived at what is now called Pear Tree House. The people he met (and no doubt a dram or three) convinced him to persevere with his poetry, and a legend was born.
This January, 258 years after The Bard’s birth, you can tread the same floorboards, under the same 18th Century domed ceiling, and dance the night away with our series of Burns Night ceilidhs. The Counting House’s resident band, Annasach, will provide the tunes and call the dances (complete beginners are both welcome and catered for!) and as always we’ll have a well stocked bar on hand.
Tickets are priced at £19 (£17 concessions), and the ceilidhs are held on the 25th, 27th and 28th of January – book yours ASAP, previous years have all sold out!