On Sunday 2nd August 2015, 20 of us travelled to Irvine to visit their Burns club. We were greeted by members of the Irvine Burns Club who gave us an extremely warm welcome. After being shown a mural that explains about Burns’ time in the town we had a look around the museum upstairs and were shown some of the many treasures that Irvine Burns club possess. I have to admit, handling their copy of the Kilmarnock Edition was a highlight of the trip. After a light lunch, again kindly supplied by the members of Irvine Burns Club, we visited The Mother Lodge, Killlwinning 0. We were given a very interesting history of the lodge by the RWM and then after viewing their Masonic museum we visited the Killwinning Heritage centre. We were also given a tour of Irvine Harbour project that is nearly complete now before retiring to The Ship Inn where we enjoyed a cracking meal and were joined by Bill Nolan who’s knowledge of Burns and the history of both the town of Irvine and its Burns club is impressive. Home for 9.15pm after what was a very memorable trip. Well done to Hon Sec D Smith BEM for his organisation of the trip which was up to his usual high standard.