Give Ellisland a hand for Auld Lang Syne!

Robert Burns wrote Auld Lang Syne, the international anthem to love and friendship, right here at Ellisland.

Millions around the world sing it at New Year and family gatherings, celebrating loved ones near and far.

The romantic rural farm steading was designed by the bard himself as his first marital home with Jean Armour. It is still surrounded by the woodland and river walks that inspired him.

Ellisland feels like stepping back in time. It has changed little since Burns planted his first crop of apples in the orchard which still overlooks the river Nith. This is the best place to see nature through the poet’s eyes.

But the birthplace of Auld Lang Syne needs your support.

Help us by becoming a member of the charity that runs  Ellisland, the Robert Burns Ellisland Trust.  

Find out more about our new membership circles here

Gie a haun’ tae Ellisland – for Auld Lang Syne!

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Are you interested in volunteering at Ellisland?

On Saturday 7 March you have the opportunity to meet Ellisland’s Museum Manager and find out more about the different volunteering roles we have on offer. The Friends of Ellisland Coffee Morning will be held 10-11.30am, where you can meet current volunteers, or you can come along at 11.30am for a quick look at the farmhouse and museum and hear more about our future plans.

Volunteering roles include visitor guides, who meet and greet visitors and give them a short introduction to the house and farm. We are also looking for people to maintain and develop the site, including the grounds and gardens. The Museum has regular visits from schools and groups and volunteers are required to help deliver workshops and provide tours. After recently opening up more rooms in Burns’ farmhouse and developing the outdoor displays, this is an exciting time for volunteers to help shape this new era in Ellisland’s history. Why not come and join us?


Burns Poetry

Some of Robert Burns’ best-loved nature poems were inspired by the tranquil setting of Ellisland Farm. Transcripts of the poems and songs written by Burns at Ellisland Farm.

Painting of Ellisland Farm


Burns experienced his most creative and fruitful years here at Ellisland. He found great poetic inspiration in the beauty of the surrounding countryside, the various people he met and the events he witnessed whilst living here.


Burns Attractions

Ellisland Museum & Farm is conveniently situated on the road between Robert Burns' birthplace in Alloway and his final resting place at St Michael's Cemetery in Dumfries.

Burns Attractions


There is so much to see at Ellisland Museum & Farm, so please allow at least an hour for a short visit and two to three hours for a full visit. We're a short, 5 mile drive from the centre of nearby Dumfries, just off the A76.