Auchindrain Township

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Auchindrain was the last inhabited Highland farming township, a place where people lived and worked from the medieval period up until the 1960s. Townships were 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 township's buildings (which make up a Nationally Recognised Collection) are preserved in an authentic condition, furnished with everyday objects. Exploring Auchindrain is a way to experience the last remains of a way of life now lost forever.

A visit to the township may be a trip back in time, but we have a modern visitor centre, coffee shop and shop on site. Auchindrain is also still a working farm, and during your visit you can meet our free-range chickens and sheep, as well as the township's cat, Liath. 

Auchindrain is located 6 miles south of Inveraray, on the eastern side of the A83.  Our opening hours are 1st April to 31st October, 10am to 5pm daily.  From November to March we are open most weekdays except over Christmas and New Year, but please telephone to check before you leave home.  In the winter the Visitor Centre is closed and you take us as you find us, but admission is at the reduced rate of £1.00 for adults and 50p for children and concessions.  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.

To fully enjoy what Auchindrain has to offer, allow at least 60-90 minutes for your visit, and wear sensible shoes, as the paths 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: £8.00
Under 18s: £5.50
Concessions: £7.00

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.

Discounts

  • Museums Association
Getting there

We are 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 we have a modern visitor centre, shop and coffee shop. 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

We are located six miles south of Inveraray on the A83, on the eastern side of the road.

Auchindrain Township
Auchindrain, Furnace
By Inveraray
Argyll
PA32 8WD
Scotland

Website

http://auchindrain.org.uk/

E-mail

Museum Contact Address

info@auchindrain.org.uk

Telephone

Main Reception Number & Answerphone

01499 500235

Fax

01499 500235

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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