Ellisland Farm Trail


Explore Ellisland Farm

Ellisland Farm was Robert Burns’ home for three years, and you can explore his home and the beautiful surroundings that inspired much of his work. From the farmhouse itself to the Granary Museum and the banks of the River Nith, delve into this historic site. If you fancy a bit of a longer walk, why not head along the riverbank to explore The Hermitage at Friars Carse Country House Hotel, where built for Burns by his friend Captain Robert Riddell.

What you can see at Ellisland

1. The Farmhouse

Visit the farmhouse built by Robert Burns for himself and his family and find out more about daily life in the late 18th century. See what you can find for lunch in the farmhouse kitchen, or be inspired in Robert’s Spence where many of his famous poems were written!

2. The Granary

Visit the Granary Museum where there are fantastic displays of artefacts from Burns’ life. Watch the film full of stories and information about Robert and Jean’s life on the farm, and discover how they spend their years at Ellisland.

3. Burns’ Outside Loo

One of the more unusual attractions, you can see the very toilet Burns would have used while he lived at Ellisland!

4. The Orchard

Enjoy the outdoors in the orchard, where Burns harvested his very first crop of apples.

5. Farm Buildings

Explore the farm buildings from the time of Robert Burns. The barn, the cart shed and the long byre would all have been used to house livestock.

6. The River Bank

Wander the banks of the River Nith which Burns loved and found so inspirational, including the walk where he wrote Tam o’ Shanter.

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