Auchindrain Township | Your Visit
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YOUR VISIT

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 – even the ruins. Most people find a visit to Auchindrain to be 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 very much 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 gritty realism.

 


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Your visit will be self-guided from the guidebook (available in English, French and German) you will be given on arrival. This includes a site map, 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 and only in the guidebook. This year we will be experimenting with the electronic tablets we hope will replace the guidebook in 2016. These will contain a great deal more information than is possible within the guidebook, and will work out where you are as you walk around. 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), but unfortunately we do not have the funds to employ a team of interpreters and demonstrators as you will see in some open air museums. 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 (a bit over half a mile) from the car park to the furthest building and back again. Although most of the buildings are open, they are quite small and the museum is mainly experienced in the open air.  So check the weather forecast and if necessary bring your waterproofs. We advise walking boots, wellies or strong shoes because the township’s roads and paths are traditionally-surfaced rather than tarmac: they may 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 the 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 Tearoom, which is open daily from April to October from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Our home-made soups and baking are typical township fare from the past, but we also serve a choice of modern-day sandwiches and drinks – our coffee is very popular.

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Auchindrain is recognised as being the most complete surviving example of a Highland farm township, a type of settlement representative of much of Scottish rural history.

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OPENING TIMES

We are open from 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 free.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adult: £7.50
Concession: £6.50
Under 18’s: £5.00
Local Residents and Friends of Auchindrain: £1.00
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.

 

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 members of the Museums Association, the Association of

Independent Museums and the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions are admitted free.

Sorry, but we do not recognise membership cards for Historic Scotland or the National Trust for Scotland.