Ellisland Farm is the home that Robert Burns (also known as Rabbie Burns, Scottish poet and lyricist, widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland) built for himself and his family beside the River Nith. His home for three years, some of the poet’s best and most recognised works were written at Ellisland Farm, including Auld Lang Syne – an anthem to friendship known around the world. Inspired by his beautiful surroundings and the inspiring sights on the banks of the River Nith, Burns produced about a quarter of his songs and poems whilst he and his family lived at Ellisland Farm.
Ellisland together with Dumfries Museums at Robert Burns House and The Robert Burns Centre, along with the Globe Inn, Burns’s favourite howff, have through the Spot-lit Progamme developed a coordinated narrative which directs visitors to discover the full ‘Burns in Dumfries’ story.
‘In the Footsteps of Burns’ brings together heritage partners to help tell the Dumfriesshire story of Robert Burns. Focusing on diversifying audiences, particularly engaging with young people and families, new resources have been created to help visitors understand what the various sites have to offer and allows them to develop their own flexible interactive itineraries.
On site at Ellisland, there is a consistently branded interpretation to signpost visitors to Burns related places of interest and a suite of memorabilia packs to buy, which will help people make the most of their visit and includes a comic/sticker book for young people to guide them around the venues.
In the Footsteps of Burns groups together Dumfries’ extensive Robert Burns heritage for the first time.
Visit Footsteps here https://www.burnsdumfries.co.uk/
See the Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/inthefootstepsofburns
For more information call Joan McAlpine on 07879116435 or firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Given the current lockdown, this project is a vital part of our recovery plan, by delivering a co-ordinated approach to promoting our fantastic Burns venues’ Ellisland Farm.