Auchindrain Township | Tour Groups
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Auchindrain is an excellent destination for small group tours and smaller coach trips. As the last settlement of its type in Scotland, there is nowhere else like it – your clients will have a completely unique experience here.



Auchindrain was the last inhabited Highland farming township, a place where people lived and worked from the medieval period up until the 1960s. Townships were commonly found throughout the Scottish Highlands up until the Clearances of the 18th and 19th centuries, when most were broken up into smaller crofts and many tenants were evicted.

Only Auchindrain survived the Clearances, because of its remote location. The buildings which make up the museum’s Nationally Recognised Collection have been preserved in a completely authentic condition, and furnished with everyday objects, giving your clients an unforgettable insight into the way the township’s past inhabitants lived and worked.



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


With the growth of Scottish diaspora tourism, Auchindrain’s links to the Highland Clearances mean that it is a place that will have a deep meaning for many visitors to Scotland from places such as Canada, Australia and the USA as an opportunity to experience the conditions in which their ancestors lived. Visitors from all parts of the UK and Europe will also find that Auchindrain represents an important part of this country’s history.

A guidebook to the township is available from the visitor centre in English, French and German and we also offer innovative tablet guides. We are also able to provide an expert guided tour if informed in advance of your visit.



A visit to the township may be a trip back in time, but the modern Visitor Centre, shop and tearoom at Auchindrain have all the comforts of the 21st century. Local produce such as fresh eggs and herbs can be found in both the Shop and the Tearoom and are available on request. Auchindrain is still a working farm, with free-range chickens, sheep and Highland cows, as well as the township’s cat, Cat Liath.

Auchindrain is located just six miles south of Inveraray on the A83, meaning that it can be easily included in an itinerary reaching the town. We have a car park that is suitable for small coaches, minibuses and personal vehicles. Both male and female toilets are available on-site.

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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