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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Ellisland receives funding for its Tales and Trails project

Ellisland Museum and Farm are thrilled to have received funding of £9,800 from the Holywood Trust and £5,000 from the ScotRail Foundation managed by Foundation Scotland for its project ‘Tales and Trails’. This exciting development aims to engage young people with the home of Robert Burns and his writing. Working with artists, actors and storytellers, the group will create a new character and storyline to help guide young people and families around the site. The young people will decide on the character which could be a member of the Burns’ household, someone from one of his poems or even one of the farm animals!

Ellisland will work with its young supporters and youth ambassadors along with members of the Creative Futures programme in Lochside and Lincluden to deliver the programme. Partners also include Dumfries College, whose students will help to animate the stories for new audio-visual displays. The long term ambition is to develop the museum’s youth ambassador scheme to create a Young Friends of Ellisland group.

The first workshop for young people will be on Saturday 21 September, 11am-3.30pm when the group will work with an actor to develop the storyline and characters. Young people who are interested in being involved should contact Curator Sue Hughes,, telephone 01387 740426 for more information or to book a place.


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.