Three new trails celebrating places related to Robert Burns have been launched in Dumfries and Galloway.
The trails visit some of the Bard's most favourite haunts, sites and views where he drew inspiration for much of his work.
Lori Carnochan reports.
As people get ready for their Burns Suppers, thousands are taking part in what has been called the world's biggest Burns Night celebrations in Dumfries. Jenny Longden was there.
The Big Burns Supper kicks off today in Dumfries with three days of events planned.
A variety of venues are involved hosting live music, theatre and burns suppers.
The town is hosting its first Homecoming Carnival with 2000 people expected to take part.
The organisers of the Big Burns Supper in Dumfries have been congratulated by MSPs in the Scottish Parliament.
The annual festival brings Robert Burns to life through concerts, comedy and a community parade through the town. It will feed Burns Suppers - haggis, neeps and tatties - to 5,000 people.
The members' debate at Holyrood was introduced by Joan McAlpine, MSP for the South of Scotland. She said Dumfries, where the Bard lived and died, was the perfect town to host a festival celebrating his life:
"The town is alive with his spirit. And the Big Burns Supper festival, which opens on Friday, takes full advantage of this unique backdrop. On Saturday, the town centre hosts a free Homecoming carnival, for 2,000 people. They will paint the town tartan to the sounds of the Manchester School of Samba, because the Big Burns Supper is nothing if not eclectic on an epic scale.
"The festival, which lasts until Sunday night, brings Burns back into the heart of the community he loved and the hearts of the people who live there."
In the run-up to Burns Night, Representing Border is in Dumfries for a light-hearted look at which way Robert Burns would have voted in the Scottish independence referendum.
As Scotland gears up to celebrate it's national bard this weekend, schoolchildren in Dumfries are doing their part and discovering more about Robert Burns' life.
Burns spent the last years of his life in Dumfries and now a special trail has been set up to allow youngsters an insight into the poets work.
A watch owned by Scotland's national poet Robert Burns has sold at auction for almost 40 thousand pounds. It went for almost 20 times its estimated valuation.
The watch, which was given to the Dumfries based poet by his wife, was bought by a mystery buyer
A watch owned by the Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns, is expected to raise more than £2500 when it is sold at auction in Edinburgh today.
It was given to the Dumfries-based poet by his wife Jean Armour and has a love letter inside.
A watch that once belonged to Scotland's most famous poet, Robert Burns, will be sold at an auction in Edinburgh today.
It was given to him by his wife, Jean Armour, and includes a love letter inside. It's expected to raise more than £2,500.
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