Brow Well

Brow Well, Ruthwell: Address, Brow Well Reviews: 4/5

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Craig Smith
Manchester, UK116 contributions
Good
Oct 2020 • Family
Small magical spot on the side of the road, very inconspicuous! The well has a great story and some good history, you would drive past it if you never knew where to look. Glad we visited just to be able to say we've been there.
Written October 28, 2020
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Catherine E
243 contributions
Worth a stop on the Burns Trail
Aug 2019 • Family
Healing powers was renowned in days of old, it's a beautiful spot. Do be careful parking. There is a lay by on the main road and on the road next to the Brow Well. But it can be tight to turn at the bottom.
Written August 19, 2019
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LittleScottishTreasures - Magical Tours
Dunfermline, UK208 contributions
If you are following Burns then this is one to visit.
Dec 2018 • Friends
There is not much here but the well has been decorated nicely and there is a board telling a little about it and the surrounding area.
I will say it is sympathetically displayed with Burn writing around.

The well itself is now a bit of a muddy pool but what would you expect, it were full of water the local council would possibly have to put a fence around it as well as the do not drink this water sign.

I'm not sure about any healing qualities here but do stop when passing, at least to read the history.
Written February 24, 2019
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973SimonR973
Barrow-in-Furness, UK708 contributions
Visible from the road
Aug 2018 • Couples
This is just by the road to the wetlands centre, parking is a small lay-by opposite, interesting if you are into Rabbie.
Written August 25, 2018
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Sam K
Portsmouth, UK83 contributions
Not much there
Aug 2018 • Couples
Looked nice but really not a lot there. You can get to the wetlands so you can have a good walk. Nothing much around, but if your a fan of Robert Burns then pop along for a look and walk.
Written August 14, 2018
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amr2151
Wishaw, UK21 contributions
on the trail of Robert Burns
Jun 2018 • Friends
Rather a sad place, knowing Burns came here so near the end of his life, and that taking the waters here possibly did him more harm than good. A shame the basin is getting a bit weedy. The parking is only a layby on the opposite side of the road, and if someone parks selfishly (as when we were there) it can be neat for space. It is not well signposted, glad I worked out in advance where to look.
Written June 14, 2018
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Roger G
Glasgow, UK2,374 contributions
Well Maintained and Interpreted, Burnsian Paradise, Terrible Car Park
Feb 2018 • Solo
A must see for Burns enthusiasts. He drank the waters from the Chalybeate well waters that are rich in iron and other salts. He had claret on the prescription however it would have been the immersion therapy in the stlll freezing July waters of the Solway that 'did for him' considering his endocarditis. He wrote several begging letters during his three week stay at was then a hamlet of a dozen or so houses - the inn was demolished in 1863. Go for walk on the Merseside Nature Reserve to get a better view of the Solway Firth. Terrible car parking area - barely useable.
Written February 10, 2018
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RAKMB
Moray, UK385 contributions
Hidden Gem
May 2017 • Couples
The first to post pictures for everybody to enjoy :) This place is definitely worth a visit if your into the famous bard , its not far from Caerlaverock Castle.
Written May 3, 2017
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nicholaso92
Glasgow, UK41 contributions
I think I'm feeling better now
Sep 2016 • Friends
I remember this statement inscribed on a mock 19th century platter by the ceramicist Bill Brown, depicting Burns emerging from the Brow Well with the steaming cooling towers of Chapelcross behind. Burns, of course, died soon after taking the waters. Today a notice tells you that they are not safe to drink. The Well is more like a paddling pool with a muddy bed of liquid rust into which a pipe dribbles a trickle of the high-iron water...it is not inviting! Remarkably, other than having its rim finished with fresh red sand stone, neatly cut with the bard's words, an information board and sundry other bits of landscaping, the scene is more or less as Burns would have seen it, cottage, bridge, road, landscape. No sign of Chapelcross, of course, indeed even if one wants to seek it out (about five miles away), its cooling towers are no longer.
Written September 26, 2016
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pradeep p
Glasgow, UK416 contributions
Robbie Burns herapeutic well
Jun 2016 • Couples
Travelling along the B725 you will see a brown tourist sign saying Burns Heritage Trail and underneath in bold letters, Brow Well. You are close to an inlet of the Solway Firth formed by the Lochar Water.

Parking is available in a layby on the north side of the road, just to the west of the bridge over the stream that runs alongside the well. You are a few yards to the well . You can approach across the grassy slope that descends from the road, or walk around and along the track that gives access to a set of steps to the south east.

During the 1700s, Brow Well was renowned for the assumed healing qualities of its waters, especially amongst residents of Dumfries. Burns came to stay in the nearby Brow Inn (demolished in 1863) on 4 July 1796 to find a cure for what we now know was rhumatic fever on the advice of his doctor, William Maxwell. The cure was drinking the waters of the well and bathing in the Solway Firth.

The well is a dirty brown colour due to a significant concentration of iron salts. Not mu cup of tea.

The well is maintain purely for its association with Burns. You could easily miss it but, if you are a fan of Burns, you won't miss it. From the well you can walk down to the nature reserve and get a close view of the Solway Firth.
Written June 28, 2016
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