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How you can support Ellisland Farm and Museum

About Ellisland Museum and Farm

Our mission is to protect, promote, and enrich the historic and natural environment at Ellisland, to aid understanding and appreciation of Robert Burns’ life and work, and to improve the health and wellbeing of all. We are a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation who rely on the goodwill and generosity of people around the world to conserve and cherish Ellisland. Find out how to support us below.

Make a Donation

Robert Burns Ellisland Trust does not receive any public funding and relies on donations to survive. You can support us in preserving and interpreting this important part of Scottish heritage for present and future generation. As well as maintaining the site, we are currently reviewing how we develop the site sustainably to enhance the visitor experience and secure the future of Ellisland long term.

Become a Member

Our membership packages start at just £15 a year. Join a growing group of supporters who enjoy their connection to Robert Burns’ home. Friends gain free entry to the museum and exclusive information on events and special offers. 

We also offer gift memberships, which make the perfect present.

Leave a Legacy

By leaving the Trust a legacy to support Ellisland, you will follow in the footsteps of John Wilson, who bought the farm in 1921 to save it for the nation. As little as 5% of your estate can make a real difference to us without preventing you from providing for your family or other loved ones.

Your donation will either be taken off the value of your estate before Inheritance Tax is calculated, or reduce your Inheritance Tax rate, if more than 10% of your estate is left to charity – meaning that the value of your legacy to the Trust is maximised, whilst reducing the tax burden of your estate.

You can either draw up a new will, or create a codicil to add to your existing will.  When speaking to your legal adviser, please let them know that you would like your legacy to be left to Robert Burns Ellisland Trust (Scottish Charity SCO49973) Holywood Road, Auldgirth, Dumfries, DG2 0RP.

If you would like to discuss your legacy in confidence please contact us.


Volunteers are directly involved in the Trust’s efforts to conserve the site and grounds of Ellisland, as well as telling its story. Find out more about volunteering at Ellisland.


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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