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About Robert Burns

His life at Ellisland Museum & Farm

Scotland’s Bard

Rabbie Burns is Scotland’s national poet, and his works are celebrated around the globe. While serving his tenancy at Ellisland Farm, Burns was inspired by the natural surroundings of the River Nith and Dumfriesshire Countryside. Despite working long hours on the Farm in addition to his role as an Exciseman, Burns’ time at Ellisland was fruitful. It was whilst living and working at Ellisland that Burns penned some of his most prolific works including Auld Lang Syne and Tam O’Shanter.

Burns’s Songs and Poems

Located on the Bank of the River Nith, Burns chose Ellisland to be his new home and centre of inspiration for his work. Surrounded by nature Burns found stories and songs in the natural world that encompassed his new farm.

His everyday farming life at Ellisland provided many scenes and musing for the Poet.

To learn more about Burns’s works composed whilst at Ellisland Farm check out our Songs and Poems section linked below.


Burns experienced his most creative and fruitful years here at Ellisland. Find out more about the collection here at the museum.

Songs and Poems

Some of Burns’ most famous work was written right here at Ellisland, including international favourite Auld Lang Syne.

In the Footsteps of Burns

Follow in Burns’ footsteps from Ellisland across Dumfriesshire.

Support Us

Find out how you can support Ellisland Farm & Museum, from volunteering to donations.


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.


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.

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