Auchindrain Township

Auchindrain Township, Inveraray: Hours, Address, Auchindrain Township Reviews: 4.5/5

Auchindrain Township
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • History Museums
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
A visit to Auchindrain is a chance to see a forgotten way of Highland life. Auchindrain is the last surviving Highland farm township, a type of settlement found across Scotland from the Middle Ages until the late 18th century. Social and economic change arising from industrialisation and new ways of farming then saw most townships improved out of existence, but Auchindrain survived until the 1960s as the last of its kind. The site is now run as a museum and visitors can explore the land and buildings with the assistance of our interactive guide-tablets. Auchindrain, which is run by an independent charity, is a conservation work in progress. It is a Category A listed site that remains proudly authentic and true to history. Gritty realism and the ever-changing Highland weather are not for everyone, so please visit us properly prepared, ready to learn about and understand the hard every day life of our ancestors.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Rachel B
4 contributions
An atmospheric and interesting visit
Jun. 2021 • Couples
A really interesting hour spent exploring this atmospheric township. Carefully curated, there is information available online but there isn’t the usual plethora of information boards, allowing you to get a much better sense of what this place was really like. Staff clearly working hard to maintain this and heartily recommend visiting to support their work.
Written June 1, 2021
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Conor G
Edinburgh, UK1 contribution
Well Worth The Money And Travel
Nov. 2020 • Friends
A fascinating place to visit if you are in the area or even further out like I was. The prices were fantastic at £3 pp for adults, and for this you get between 1 and 1.5 hours worth of interesting history and Scottish culture. Although the digital info systems have been removed due to Covid 19, they have been replaced by helpful and easy to use booklets with a summary of each building and a map of the full site. Would fully recommend to anyone in the local area with a spare hour or two.
Written November 3, 2020
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We are really delighted you enjoyed your winter visit to Auchindrain. Thank you for reviewing us. We should, however, point out to future potential visitors reading this review that our admission prices are at reduced rates from November to March, in acknowledgement of the limitations of the experience we are able to offer.
Written November 4, 2020
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Sotontraveller
Southampton, UK535 contributions
Needs greater development
Sep. 2020
We had an unexpectedly long and rather damp drive to the location which was then a bit of a disappointment. Had we come from eg Pitlochry, I think we would have appreciated it more. From there it was definitely worth a visit.

It seemed expensive for what was on offer, especially given the C19 restrictions. Efforts had been put into designing a SD'd route around the site although greater clarity is needed. The tablet tour is well intentioned but labourious and regrettably labelling isn't brilliant.

Staff were helpful. Refreshments very limited.
Written October 6, 2020
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GezandJune1
Stockport, UK65 contributions
Fascinating
Sep. 2020 • Couples
What a trip through time. It’s amazing that people lived such “basic” lifestyle. The pad that you are given is packed with interesting facts about the families that once lived there. An hour or two well spent xx
Written September 21, 2020
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BrianK911
Cumbria, UK47 contributions
Visited with a friend
Aug. 2019
Was disappointed with this experience but could have been partly due to the rain as spent most of the time outdoors. Didn't t think it was educational could have been made more realistic with people acting the parts and explaining how items where used in the homes.
Written July 25, 2020
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Very disappointing to read this negative review, left almost two years after your visit. One wonders how much you can actually remember about a place you went to such a long time in the past. All of our publicity material makes it clear what we are, and that the museum does not have a staff of actors and activity-demonstrators. Why not? Because employing people to staff our large site in that way would cost a vast amount of money that we simply don't have. It's such a disappointment when people leave us lousy reviews on Tripadvisor, complaining that we are not something we don't claim to be.
Written July 27, 2020
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Rangadog T
Ayr95 contributions
Fantastic Historical place!
Aug. 2019
We have been here a few times and we love it! This was the Highland village that avoided the clearances because the Duke of Argyll took it on as a pet project. Its a working farm and they give you a tablet with GPS that provides information on the buildings as you enter them. Its cheap and is a great pllce to visit, not only for adults but for children as well. Very highly recommended place to visit!
Written July 17, 2020
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b1gwof
perth3 contributions
Living history in the glen...stop awhile and imbibe...
Aug. 2019
A truly worthwhile place to visit. Nobody pushing you through the experience and on to the next feature. The peaceful location allows for reflection of the folk who lived their lives there. I am sure it was not always easy, but it was a community who shared, cared, appreciated and enjoyed what they had together. Time does stand still.
Written November 23, 2019
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L.G.
Lochgilphead, Scotland, United Kingdom1 contribution
Fascinating and interesting
Aug. 2019
Go back in time with a visit to Auchindrain, how people lived, worked and every day living. The houses as they were, small with a fire and everyone in one room. Cosy. In different houses you will find lots of interesting facts, the tools they used the hard labour they did in good weather preparing for winter. Auchindrain still have archeology digs and find tools and items used, which are cleaned and assessed. Great place to visit and teach the younger generation how life was, weather can be anything but best to bring your wellies. Bring a packed lunch or when the tea room is open you will get a bowl of lovely soup or a scone. Don’t forget the beautiful friendly cat and a visit to hens.
Written November 20, 2019
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Hazelcroft
12 contributions
Living history
Aug. 2019 • Solo
I have visited Auchindrain a number of times in the past few years and am always spellbound by its beauty and history. This is a great experience for young and old; there are chickens and other farm animals and of course cat Liath. He’s a very big attraction for our family. I literally feel as if I have taken a step into the past and can experience, if only briefly, what it must have been like for the people who lived in this isolated community. In addition, the coffee shop is well stocked with yummy cakes and the staff are so friendly. 100% recommendation. This is real Scotland!
Written November 20, 2019
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Vanessa D
1 contribution
Auchindrain township
Nov. 2019 • Family
The Auchindrain township is so beautiful..set in a peaceful setting beside a wonderful clean stream ..it's a piece of history being kept alive by a dedicated team of people for the next generations... amazing atmospheric real life cottages furnished with authentic furniture .. you get a real feeling of peace and calmness when standing in those cottages..you can't visit a more amazing place or a more beautiful part of Scotland ..
Written November 20, 2019
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  • Wed - Sun 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.