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Robert Burns Ellisland Museum & Farm

The home of Auld Lang Syne.

Portrait of burns

Ellisland Farm was built by Robert Burns in 1788 for his young wife Jean Armour and their family.

Burns was especially creative at Ellisland, writing a quarter of his songs and poems including Auld Lang Syne and Tam o Shanter. During his time here, his focus moved to song-writing and collecting, including My Heart’s in the Highlands, The Banks of Doon, Killiecrankie and John Anderson. Burns chose Ellisland for its beautiful setting beside the River Nith. It has changed little since the 18th century and remains the most authentic of all his homes.

Visit Ellisland to fall in love with Burns and see nature through the poet’s eyes by walking in his footsteps on our peaceful riverside and woodland paths.

Stay at Ellisland

Book a holiday at the Auld Acquaintance Cottage. We recently featured as a magical getaway in “Alba”, The Times Scotland’s weekly lifestyle supplement.

Ellisland Events

Experience music and literature by Robert Burns in the barn he built. Watch this space for our upcoming summer events

Image credit: Duncan Ireland for South of Scotland Destination Alliance

You artists performing fiddle music at an event in Burns' barn

What’s On

We have events happening at Ellisland all year. Find out what’s coming up.

Burns’s Life at Ellisland

What brought Robert Burns and Jean Armour to Ellisland? Learn more about the relationship and why the move to Dumfriesshire was a time of great optimism. 

Our Collection

The collection at Ellisland has been built up over a century. It includes original manuscripts of poems and letters and precious items that belonged the bard and his wife Jean Armour.

Writing desk in burns' spence

Burns’s Songs and Poems

Learn more about Burns’s creative output at Ellisland, where he penned some of his most famous working, including Auld Lang Syne and Tam o’ Shanter.

Image credit: Ian Findlay for the Robert Burns Ellisland Trust


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"Such an interesting tour which we all greatly enjoyed. It certainly opened my eyes!"
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