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Robert Burns Ellisland Farm

Holywood, Scotland

Experience history from the stomping grounds of the great Scottish poet.  


Robert Burns is lovingly considered the National Poet of Scotland. He wrote many original poems and also adapted folk stories.

Burns is most famously known for his poem, Auld Lang Syne—sung throughout Scotland and the world. Born in Alloway, Burns lived across Scotland, but in 1788, moved to Ellisland Farm. This was his last home before moving to Dumfries where he passed. 

Burns built the barn himself amid the gorgeous Scottish landscape. The home is furnished with traditional items from the era and even includes many of Burns’ personal items such as writing materials and farming tools. Visitors can even walk along the river Burns traversed for inspiration. 

Know Before You Go

You must book tickets in advance. Plenty of accessible walkways for people of all ages. There is a walkway that takes you directly to the river for beautiful views. Be careful with the cobblestone. 

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