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Burns Hermitage at Friars Carse

Door open days

5 September 2020 (Virtual Opening All Day)

6 September 2020 (Virtual Opening All Day)

Dumfries and Galloway

During his three years living at Ellisland Farm, Robert Burns frequently walked beside the Nith upstream to Friars Carse. Once the family home of Captain Riddell, a friend and patron of Burns, this handsome country house is now a hotel. It is surrounded by beautiful woodland, and hidden away within is the little building known as Burns Hermitage. Here to what he referred to as the ivied cot the poet came to talk with his friends at Friars Carse, and to write poetry, for these years were some of the most fruitful of his short life.

Digital Resources

Burns Hermitage Video Tour

Video tour of Burns Hermitage produced by Roger Griffith

Go on a virtual guided tour!

Burns Hermitage - BBC Article

BBC web pageĀ 

Learn from a local historian about the site!

Burns Hermitage - Wikipedia page

The complete history of the Hermitage at Friars Carse

Learn from a local historian about the site!

Key Information

  • Friars Carse Hotel
  • Auldgirth
  • Dumfries
  • DG2 0SA