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WELCOME TO AUCHINDRAIN TOWNSHIP

Unique, authentic, thought-provoking

 

Step back in time and discover Scotland’s rural history at Auchindrain, the most complete and well-preserved example of a Scottish Highland farm township. Vividly imagine life in the old Highlands as you walk through the settlement and see how ordinary people lived and worked. Step into the restored longhouses, see the objects of everyday life and learn about the past inhabitants. Explore the byres, stables and fields to understand how groups of families worked the land in common. Uncover a fascinating, long-vanished Scottish way of life deep in the hills of Argyll.

 

Auchindrain is six miles south of Inveraray, just an hour and a half from Glasgow.


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WHAT’S IN A NAME?

The name of the place is Achadh an Droighinn in Gaelic, and Auchindrain in the Scots language although until the 1950s the spelling was often Achindrain.  In the past, the name was sometimes translated into English as Thornfield.  Achadh is the Gaelic for “field”, and droighinn for the blackthorn or sloe tree – Prunus Spinosa.  The correct pronunciation is Achan-DRYan, with a soft “ch”. Say the “a” and the “i” in the Scots language spelling as two separate letters, and you won’t be far wrong

OPENING TIMES

We are open from 1st April to 31st October, 10 am to 5 pm daily.

 

From November to March we are open 10 am-4 pm most weekdays, except over Christmas and New Year.  When planning a winter visit, please email us at info@auchindrain.org.uk to check that we will be open when you want to come.  You do not need to book in advance, but please don’t hold us responsible if you turn up without warning and the gates are closed.  In the winter the Visitor Centre is closed and you take us as you find us.

 

In the winter the Visitor Centre is closed and you take us as you find us, but admission is at reduced rates.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adult: £8.00
Concession: £7.00
Child 5-17: £5.50

Local Residents, Friends of Auchindrain and everyone November-March: £1.00 adult, 50p concessions and children.

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.

 

School and other educational visits must be booked and arranged in advance, so that we can provide the type and quality of service you have the right to expect.

Children under 5, carers supporting visitors with disabilities, guides and drivers, and professional members of the Museums Association, the Association of Independent Museums and the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions are admitted free.

Unfortunately, we do not recognise membership cards for Historic Environment Scotland or the National Trust for Scotland.

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5 days ago

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Today we took delivery of two coup carts, a tractor mounted turnip seed sower and a granite roller which will be displayed around the site next season. You might notice one of the carts has no shafts. Our team will be remodelling these to create a replica of the last carts used here in Auchindrain. ... See MoreSee Less

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Who (or what?!) lives in a house like this?! Find out more about the bull & wool house: buff.ly/2zCmoaz From the Nationally Significant collection at @Auchindrain #GoIndustrial ... See MoreSee Less

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3 weeks ago

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Kathy Townsley, with the help of Myles, Thomas and Antony are today packing away the Traveller Bowtent for the winter. ... See MoreSee Less

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