East Ayrshire is a proud partner in Burns Scotland. Burns Scotland’s collections are cared for by a network of museums, libraries, galleries, archives and other bodies - the main custodians of Burns heritage in Scotland. These bodies formed the National Burns Collection Partnership in 2008 to coordinate access to, and facilitate the preservation of, a distributed collection of national significance.

The Burns Scotland Partnership works together to tackle challenges such as improving conservation and documentation of the distributed collection, increasing access for different audiences, and realising the enormous learning potential of collections relating to Robert Burns.

The Robert Burns World Federation is based at the Dean Castle, Kilmarnock. The oldest national literary institution in Scotland has been based in Kilmarnock since its inception in 1885. The Federation has published the famous Burns Chronicle since 1892.