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In the Footsteps of Burns

Explore Burns’ Life in Dumfriesshire

Creating an Interactive Burns Trail

In 2020, we were awarded funding from Wigtown Festival Company to take part in the Spot-lit Literary Tourism Product Innovation Programme, along with nine of our colleagues around Dumfries and Galloway. The project was in partnership with the Burns attractions in Dumfries and the main aim was to signpost visitors to the various sites and help them discover the full ‘Burns in Dumfries’ story.

The ‘In the Footsteps of Burns’ website launched in 2021 and features trails in and around the town of Dumfries that connect Burns’ life in the area.

Explore Burns’ Life

‘In the Footsteps of Burns’ delivers a co-ordinated approach to promoting the fantastic Burns venues in and around Dumfriesshire.

As well as Ellisland Museum Farm, there are ten must-see sites for Burns fans visiting Dumfries and Galloway. You can even raise a glass in his favourite howff!

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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.


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.

Robert Burns

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.

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