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Robert Burns' Ellisland Farm

Ellisland Farm Hollywood Road, Auldgirth, Dumfries DG2 0RP, Scotland
+44 1387 740426
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Well worth a visit, whether you’re a Burns fan or not

This is a fascinating place to visit to get an insight into 18C Scottish farming methods and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sandy S
Dumfries, United Kingdom
An Absolute Gem.....

I visited Ellisland today & thoroughly enjoyed the visit. I walked from Friars Carse alongside the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Thornhill, United Kingdom
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The stunning family home built for Robert Burns at the height of his fame and his poetical powers. Discover the inspiration behind many of his best poems and how aspired to become a gentleman farmer, husband, father as well as a respected Excise Officer. Enjoy our 15 minute film "Ellisland - an honest narrative", explore our collection of personal items and poems that are still cared for at Ellisland - his modest mansion.
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Ellisland Farm Hollywood Road, Auldgirth, Dumfries DG2 0RP, Scotland
+44 1387 740426
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a fascinating place to visit to get an insight into 18C Scottish farming methods and techniques. It has the obvious added advantage of being where Robert Burns lived and worked. However, you don’t have to be a Burnsian to enjoy it. The tour...More

Thank Sandy S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited Ellisland today & thoroughly enjoyed the visit. I walked from Friars Carse alongside the River Nith to the Farm where I met Stewart ( the curator), Ronnie, David & several other volunteers. The museum is not a typical museum and nor is Stewart...More

Thank littleflower12345
Reviewed September 2, 2017

As part of our Burns Sojourn, we visited Ellisland Farm on a rainy August day. As the farm is still an operating agricultural business, we were pleased that we were greeted warmly upon arrival. You are required to ring a bell in order to enter...More

Thank Kermit403
Reviewed August 4, 2017 via mobile

Had to visit here on our trip to Dumfries. The host was very friendly and informative and his knowledge of Burns was impressive. Great selection of Burns memorabilia and lots information. It was good to see first hand of life on a farm and how...More

Thank JoLow
Reviewed July 16, 2017 via mobile

The rain made the sandstone path slippery and I was not in the best of moods having fallen. We rang the bell to be welcomed by a humble, concerned man who offered to lend me a pair of his own trousers and a seat in...More

Thank Lizsuparna
Reviewed June 29, 2017 via mobile

An interesting and informative visit, about Robert Burns life and farm he lived on for 4 years. A guided tour, a film, articles of interest relating to this famous poet and song writer. The fee for entry, £4 for concessions, worth it.

1  Thank Doreen L
Reviewed June 8, 2017

The curator was full of knowledge and a lovely person who was very helpful. We were shown a film about Robbie Burns' life, which was really interesting. There was also a lovely wooded walk along the River Nith,,where we saw a lot of sand martins...More

1  Thank Benjamin L
Reviewed May 16, 2017

Until I visited Ellisland Farm I felt that the most idyllic farm and setting in the world was Elizabeth Farm in Parramatta west of sydney in NSW, Australia. Now I know that we have a similar historic farm here in Scotland. This is the farm...More

2  Thank Kirkcaldylad
Reviewed May 15, 2017

This farm where Robert Burns was tenant for 3 years is really great. The history of why Burns went ther to work and why he left is so interesting but of course the real highlight is his office where he wrote so many poems, especially...More

2  Thank donnison44
Reviewed May 14, 2017

An absolute must if you are visiting this part of the country. You might think you already know a lot about Robert Burns but the curator of this museum will tell you an awful lot more. Starting with the museum itself: Very well laid out...More

1  Thank scotswahae2014
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August 28, 2017|
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Response from ellwood2 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I can't answer the traveller's question - best to contact Ellisland direct via the website ?
Had a fantastic experience at Ellisland Farm on Tuesday . The curator Stuart certainly knows his subject well and with offers of cups of tea makes one feel most welcome . He was explaining that he had recently taken on the role which is something of a challenge. My question is this - why are there so many artefacts exhibited which were clearly manufactured after Burns time here ? My guess is that these items have been "donated" by generous folk who no longer have use for them. I know that as a charity they probably cannot be sold ..but surely if the proceeds were used for more relevant purpose or even maintenance of this delightful site - that has to be an option ? I am not a friend of the trust , but I would suggest to them that this should be a point for discussion. Other than this - a superb and memorable afternoon walking in the "Hare field "and even the sun shone for us . Beautiful.
August 20, 2016|
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Response from stuartcochrane25 | Property representative |
Hi and thanks for asking this very apt question. Over the past few years The Friend's of Ellisland maybe have viewed the farm as more of a Museum of agricultural history and thus we have built up a very large collection of... More