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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Performance of the Alistair McCulloch Trio, Friday 10 July 2020, 7pm

Featuring renowned Ayrshire fiddler Alistair McCulloch, with past Scottish folk instrumentalist of the year, Aaron Jones of Old Blind Dogs, and Marc Duff, founder member of Capercaillie.

The ‘Alistair McCulloch Trio’ annual Scottish tour has become a firm fixture on the traditional music calendar.  Aaron Jones treats us to the bouzouki, guitar and vocals, whilst Marc Duff  plays the whistle.  Alistair is one of Scotland’s most established fiddle performers, teachers and composers and one of the fiddle instructors at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. To date he has performed in over 20 countries, including Australia, New Zealand, China, the Middle East and throughout Europe and North America.  The trio have gained a formidable reputation for their dynamic concert performances.

Alistair is the only fiddler allowed to play the ‘Gregg’ violin which is owned by the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) and a museum piece at the Burns Museum in Alloway. The instrument was owned and played by William Gregg who was dance teacher to Robert Burns at the Bachelors Club in Tarbolton in the 1770s. The instrument was the main focal point celebrating 20 years of the NTS’s US foundation and Alistair performed at a whole series of Burns events in New York, Boston, Washington DC, Chicago and Los Angeles.

This is a unique opportunity to see this trio in Dumfriesshire at the home of Robert Burns.  Tickets £15, available from Ellisland, Midsteeple Box Office and




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.