Auchindrain Township | Schools
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Auchindrain is the perfect location for a school trip, particularly one focusing on the Highland Clearances, Scottish history or Gaelic culture. As the last Highland farming township to be inhabited, we have a rich history and offer a hands-on experience, enhancing your delivery of the Curriculum for Excellence.

Farming townships were a type of settlement that was common throughout the Scottish Highlands until the Clearances of the 18th and 19th centuries, when they were replaced by crofts and dispersed, individual farmsteads. Auchindrain was the only township to survive the Clearances in its original form. People lived here until the 1960s, and since then it has been preserved in an authentic condition, providing a unique insight into a way of life that is now lost forever. The buildings of the township are a Nationally Recognised Collection, and represent a pivotal period in Scotland’s history, when many people were often forcibly removed from the land their families had inhabited for generations.



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We can offer tailored tours and activities such as traditional baking if you inform us in advance of your visit, and also have facilities for carrying out craft activities or worksheets. Farming still takes place at Auchindrain – we have sheep, chickens and Highland cows on site, which are always popular with younger visitors!

There is a well-stocked Gift shop in our Visitor Centre, with a selection of toys and in our Tearoom, we have facilities where pupils can eat their own packed lunches. Both male and female toilets are located on-site.

Auchindrain is located on the A83, 6 miles south of Inveraray. Our car park is easily accessible for smaller coaches and minibuses.



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

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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.


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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