The Burns Trail
Robert Burns spent much of his short but eventful life in the vicinity of Friars Carse. With such close associations with the Scottish bard people enjoy discovering The Burns Trail, a gentle walk taking in both the Hermitage, situated within the hotel grounds, and nearby Ellisland Farm where he wrote many of his most famous poems and songs including Tam o’Shanter and Auld Lang Syne.
The hotel’s Whistle Restaurant was the scene of the famous drinking competition with Fergusson of Craigdarroch, the outright winner, and which was put into verse by Rabbie. The restaurant is now the scene of annual Burns Celebrations.
Located within Friars Carse Hotel grounds, Robert Burns referred to the Burns Hermitage as the ‘livied cot’ where the poet came to talk with his friends at Friars Carse and to write poetry. For these years were some of the most fruitful time of his short life. Burns left his mark on the tiny Hermitage, scratching some lines from a poem onto a window with a diamond.
A short walk from the hotel, Ellisland Farm provides a wonderful insight into Robert Burn’s life on a farm two hundred years ago. Guided tours of the farmhouse and museum are available. You can see Rabbie’s original writings and possessions and stroll along Burns’ walk beside the river.
Robert Burns Birthplace Museum
Robert Burns Birthplace Museum offers a truly unique encounter with Scotland’s favourite son. The museum comprises the famous Burns Cottage where the poet was born, the historic landmarks where he set his greatest work, the elegant monument and gardens created in his honour and a modern museum housing the world’s most important collection of his life and works.