Auchindrain Township

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Step back into the past at Auchindrain, an abandoned settlement nestled deep in the hills of Argyll.
Auchindrain was the last inhabited Highland farming township, a place where people lived and worked from the medieval period up until the 1960s. In Highland farming townships, land was held and worked in common, and the typically clustered layout of this type of settlement is a reflection of the tight-knit nature of the communities that belonged to them. Townships were commonly found throughout the Scottish Highlands up until the Clearances of the 18th and 19th centuries, when most were broken up into smaller crofts and many tenants were evicted. Only Auchindrain survived the Clearances, due to its remote location. The buildings which make up the museum's Nationally Recognised Collection are preserved in an authentic condition, and furnished with everyday objects - as you wander through Auchindrain, you are experiencing the last remains of a way of life which is now lost.

To fully enjoy what Auchindrain has to offer, allow at least 60-90 minutes for your visit, and wear sensible shoes, as the paths are made of traditional materials, and can be uneven. Guide books are available from the visitor centre in English, French and German.

Venue Type:

Museum, Agricultural site, Heritage site, Archaeological site

Opening hours

1st April-31st October,
Daily 10.00-17.00,
Last admission to the Museum at 16.00pm daily.

Closed 1st November - 31st March,
Visitor Centre closed during winter, but entry to the rest of the site is free. Please call in advance to check if we are open.

Admission charges

Adults: £7.50
Under 18s: £5.00
Concessions: £6.50
Local Residents and Friends of Auchindrain: £1.00
A 20% discount is available to up to two adults where a group includes more than one child, and to pre-booked groups of more than 20 people.


  • Museums Association
Getting there

Located six miles south of Inveraray on the A83, on the eastern side of the road.

Additional info

A visit to the township may be a trip back in time, but our modern Visitor Centre, shop and tearoom have all the comforts of the 21st century. Local produce can be found in both the shop and the tearoom, where seasonal specials are made fresh, often using ingredients produced on site. Auchindrain is still a working farm, and during your visit you can expect to meet our free-range chickens, sheep and Highland cows, as well as the township's cat, Cat Liath. Because of this, we do ask that dogs are kept on a lead.

Farm townships like Auchindrain were once common throughout Scotland and indeed much of Europe. Today only Auchindrain survives as an exceptionally complete, evolved group of farm buildings, dating from the period 1750-1840. The Township of Auchindrain is nationally important and unique, in having escaped the age of Agricultural Improvement, the subsequent Crofting schemes of the later 19th century and the vicissitudes of social and economic decline. Only a small number of completely deserted and ruinous townships in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland can provide similar data. These townships are, however, often difficult to access and lack the historical documentation which Auchindrain possesses.

Collection details

Social History, Architecture, Agriculture

Key artists and exhibits

  • The Township is also strongly representative of the character and development of farming practices, vernacular building traditions and the history of agriculture in Scotland. The Township of Auchindrain survives exceptionally complete as an evolved group of pre-improvement farm buildings, which are of architectural and historical importance. The Township consists of a range of agricultural buildings, which fall into three key categories:
  • On 25th September 2008 the Township of Auchindrain, was, along with five other Museum Collections located across Scotland, recognised as being significant to the nation under the Recognition Scheme.

Getting there

Located six miles south of Inveraray on the A83, on the eastern side of the road.

Auchindrain Township
Auchindrain, Furnace
By Inveraray
PA32 8WD



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Main Reception Number & Answerphone

01499 500235


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