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.
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.
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.
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We are located six miles south of Inveraray on the A83, on the eastern side of the road.
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Facilities and services
- Education facilities available
- Facilities for private functions and events
- Mail order service available
- Meeting room available
- Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
- Parking for coaches
- Picnic area
- Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups
- Research facilities for academics
- Study facilities
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.
- Activities for pre-school children
- Adult lectures and courses held
- Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
- Direct teaching services for schools
- Events and resources for children and families
- Foreign language leaflet or brochure available
- Guided tours
- Information point provided
- Loan service
- Member of staff available with responsibility for education
- Object identification and/or written enquiry service
- Pre-booking service for groups
- Primary school education service available
- Secondary school education service available
- Teaching/resources available for HE/FE students
- Touch exhibits
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