Auchindrain Township | Your Visit
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Auchindrain is on the A83 just south of Inveraray in Argyll.  Click here for a map.  Click here for admission prices and opening times.


Auchindrain is a genuine historic site: with the exception of our 1970s Visitor Centre everything you see was here back in history. Nothing has been added or taken away. Most people find their visit to Auchindrain a magical experience, but we want you to visit us knowing what to expect. Don’t come expecting to see exhibits in glass cases. This is a museum, but the buildings are every bit as much part of the collections as the objects within them. The same is true for the landscape, which contains evidence of how it was used and evolved over time. The township is preserved as it was in the past, and we consciously avoid dressing it up to look good. So come expecting, understanding and appreciating its authenticity.


All contributions are very gratefully received and contribute to the valuable work we do here at Auchindrain.


Your visit will be self-guided from the guidebook (available in English, French and German), or tablet guide you will be given on arrival. These include a site map alongside other information, and the text sets out a route around the township. Very deliberately, there are no labels or interpretation boards within the township itself. It is all in the guidebook. Other than on a pre-booked basis for schools and larger groups, we are not able to offer guided tours.


On most days there is something going on. We are always working to keep the buildings in good order and farm the land (you might see or hear the tractor working). A few times a year extra activities and special events bring the township fully back to life, but most of the time you will need your imagination to help you sense how things were.


Allow 60-90 minutes to see the place properly. Expect a walk of about a kilometre from the car park to the furthest building and back again. Most of the buildings are open, but they are quite small – the museum is mainly open air. Check the weather forecast and if necessary bring your waterproofs. We advise strong shoes or boots because the township’s roads and paths can be uneven and (in places) muddy. Auchindrain is not an easy place to visit for people with mobility difficulties, because adaptation for full accessibility would affect its special nature. The roads and paths include gradients (marked on the site map), and most wheelchair users are likely to need assistance. We do not yet have a fully-accessible lavatory, and there are steps up to the doors of the Visitor Centre. There are, however, plenty of places to sit and rest on the way round.


In a small way Auchindrain is still a working farm. We have free-range hens and the sheep may have been out, so watch your feet and please wash your hands before eating. There may be Highland cattle in the fields, and if you are lucky Cat Liath, the grey cat of Auchindrain, will come and find you to see what’s going on. Well-behaved dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead, and please clear up anything your dog leaves behind.


At the end of your visit, our Visitor Centre contains a Shop offering a wide range of books, local crafts and souvenirs. It also houses our Coffee shop, which is open daily from April to October from 10.00 am to 4.30 pm. Hot and cold drinks, biscuits and snacks are all available here.

Auchindrain's logo. The text reads "Auchindrain: A place in Scotland's history".

Explore Auchindrain

Click the button below for an online interactive tour of Auchindrain.


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


From November to March we are open 10am-4pm most weekdays, except over Christmas and New Year.  When planning a winter visit, please email us at 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.


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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Facebook Membership Invitation
January 2019

Auchindrain would like to invite you to become a Member of our extended family that spans the entire globe! Please get in touch now to find out more about becoming a Friend of Auchindrain, an important role that requires a passion for history and an interest in Scotland’s illustrious past.

As a Member of the Trust, you will have an important role as one of the ultimate guardians of the future and well-being of Auchindrain: our esteemed Members have oversight of the museum’s strategic direction and elect a majority of the Trustees. Your membership donation represents a significant and essential part of the Trust’s annual income ensuring the maintenance and long-term survival of Auchindrain.

Please contact us on we are always at hand to answer your questions, offer further information and assist with your Membership application.
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