Ellisland to The Hermitage


Ellisland to Hermitage & Friars Carse

You can follow in Burns’ footsteps from his home at Ellisland and head along the banks of the River Nith to The Hermitage on the grounds of what is now Friars Carse Country House Hotel. Friars Carse, formally ‘Glenriddell’ home to Captain Robert Riddell. The Captian was so fond of Burns that he gave the poet keys to the Hermitage so he could come and go as he pleased.

Enjoy a discount on Afternoon Teas at Friars Carse with your Ellisland Farm tour ticket … learn more.

Friars Carse and Ellisland Farm want to Thank Solway Heritage for supporting and sponsoring The Burns Heritage Trail.

The route from Ellisland to the Hermitage is rough and uneven underfoot, and part of the route is across grazing fields.

Points of Interest

The Hermitage

The Hermitage is a short ramble from Ellisland, and returning past the Hotel along the banks of the River Nith completes the circuit. Burns was given his own keys to the summer cottage and used it frequently as a writing retreat.


Explore the grounds of ‘Glenriddle‘ now Friars Carse Country House Hotel, where Burns was a frequent guest. Our restaurant is named after Burn’s ballad “The Whistle” which tells the story of a famous drinking competition that Burns attended while a guest of the house.

Afternoon Tea

After your guided tour of Ellisland Farm, why not put your feet up and enjoy a discount on Afternoon Tea at Friars Carse?
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