The Brow Well is situated by the small village of
Ruthwell, 10 miles southeast of Dumfries, 14 miles northwest of Gretna, on the
B725 road that runs between Ruthwell and Caerlaverock
The well can be visited at any time free of
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1700s - the Brow Well is recorded as having
healing properties as it contains iron salts. It is
then visited by people throughout the area with
health problems, often advised by doctors of the
The area is only a few houses and used to have an
inn, on a route drovers took cattle to England.
1796 - Robert Burns visited the well after his
doctor, William Maxwell, advised he do so.
Burns stayed at the Brow Inn for 3 weeks, drinking
from the well, bathing in the the Solway Firth, and
drinking port wine, as his doctor had advised.
Burns traveled back to his Home
in Dumfries on the 18th July 1796, and died three
days later of heart disease, aged 37.
1863 - the Brow Inn was demolished.
About 100 yards from the well is the east side of
the Caerlaverock Nature
Reserve, at the Solway Firth where Burns bathed.
This is a vast bay that runs round to Caerlaverock
Castle, about 5 miles west.
This vast wetland is popular with bird watchers
with a wide range of species.
The centre for the reserve is situated about 4
miles east, close to Caerlaverock Castle.
Under one mile from the well is the Savings Banks
Museum at Ruthwell, and the historic Ruthwell Cross
in Ruthwell Church.