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01387 740426

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Ellisland Museum and Farm
Holywood Road
Auldgirth
Dumfries
DG2 0RP


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Ellisland Farm : Robert Burns’ romantic, rural farmstead on the banks of the River Nith

Ellisland Farm  is the only home designed and built by the poet Robert Burns. It was to be his first home with his wife Jean Armour and was a huge source of inspiration. In three short years he wrote some of his best and most famous works, including Auld Lang Syne.

Built in 1788 the farmhouse and courtyard offer an insight into rural life in 18th century Scotland, with a largely unchanged set of farm buildings, stable, and even the outside toilet that Burns would have used. Inside the farmhouse you can see the cooking range specially built by Carron Ironworks for Burns, and visit his Spence, or parlour, where he entertained his friends and wrote many of his letters and poems.

The grounds and riverside walks at Ellisland were a constant source of inspiration for the Bard. Retrace his steps on the path where he wrote Tam o Shanter or bring a picnic to enjoy outside in the orchard where Burns harvested apples, his first ever crop at the farm.

Ellisland is only 6 miles north of Dumfries on the A76. There is ample car parking, toilets, picnic area, and riverside walks. The site is dog friendly.

Please note that the farmyard is cobbled and there are ramps leading to the Granary displays and toilets. There are two steps within the farmhouse – a portable ramp is available on request.

See website for opening times.

 

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