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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The hidden gem of the Burns Trail

Easy to find, hard to leave

 

What to See & Do

Opening Hours

Winter 2021 / 2022

From November 1st 2021 Ellisland will be open for pre-booked guided tours only on Monday and Wednesday mornings at 11am. To book please visit our event listing on Eventbrite. For more information please email info@ellislandfarm.co.uk or call 01387 740 426 (Office hours: Mondays and Tuesdays 9am – 5pm;  Wednesdays and Fridays 9am – 12.30pm).

We continue to ask that visitors follow the COVID-19 guidance below:

Admission Prices

Adults – £5.00*

Children under 16 – Free

Ellisland Members – Free

*Please consider upgrading from Admission to an annual Membership which costs £15 to help support our vital work in conserving this important site. As a Member of Ellisland you will enjoy a host of benefits, including a free of charge Guided Tour, regular updates from the Trustees and exclusive online events and talks.

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Dogs Welcome!

Complimentary water bowl available and dogs are welcome on site. However,  assistance dogs only are able to accompany you as you visit the collections in the Granary and Farmhouse

School and Educational Visits

Ellisland Museum & Farm welcomes pre-booked school parties of all ages. Our Curriculum for Excellence schools programme is an ideal introduction to the poetry and life of Robert Burns, life in the past and hands-on history. Our programmes can include object handling, activity trails, hands-on in the Burns kitchen, butter making, storytelling and writing.  Visits cost £2 per child. To book your visit, please contact us.

Catering at Ellisland (pre booked only)

Please note this option is currently unavailable due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Ellisland can provide light refreshments. Please let us know in advance of your visit and we would be delighted to discuss the options available contact us. Tea/coffee options- Tea/coffee £1.50 per person; Tea/coffee and shortbread £2.50 per person; Tea/coffee with scone, butter and jam £4.00 per person.

Venue Hire at Ellisland

Please note this option is currently unavailable due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Ellisland is a magical place to have a celebration or event of any kind. The Meeting Room is located in the historic farmhouse, with stunning views out over the river Nith, making it an atmospheric place for any gathering.  It can hold 10-12 people and costs £10 per hour for daytime hire.  Please contact us for further details. 

Our atmospheric Threshing Barn can seat 50 plus theatre style.  Daytime hire starts from £75.  Please contact us for further details. If you would like exclusive use of Robert Burns’ Ellisland farmhouse, please contact us to discuss further.

Facilities

We have ample car parking, toilets, picnic area, riverside walks and children’s trails.  Please note the farmyard is cobbled and toilets are accessible via a ramp.  There are 2 steps inside the historic building with a portable ramp available on request.

 

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.

Poems
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About

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.

About

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

Poems

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.

Poems