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 Farm

Annual Membership

Open to all adults – under 16yrs go free

✓ Free access to Ellisland Farm & Museum

✓ Regular newsletter with the latest information on Ellisland and plans for the future

✓ Exclusive information on events and special discounts

✓ Voting rights at annual general meeting

Select Individual membership

Open to all federated Burns Clubs

✓ Free access to Ellisland for up to ten members

✓ Discounted meeting accommodation in the unique setting of Ellisland

✓ Recognition in Robert Burns Ellisland Farm website and annual report

✓ Exclusive access to events

Select 1788 Circle membership

Open to individuals and organisations

✓ Free access to Ellisland by special appointment

✓ Invitation to a programme of events exclusive to Patrons’ Circle members

✓ Privileged use of the property including meeting facilities

✓ Exclusive behind the scenes tours of Ellisland

Select Glencairn Circle membership



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.