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.



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-DRAY-in, 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, but admission is at reduced rates..


Entry Price
Adult : £8.00
Concessions : £7.00
Under 18's : £5.50
Local Residents, Friends of Auchindrain, and all  visitors November through to March: £1.00 for audults 50p for Children and Consessions.

Telephone :44+ 1499 500235
Email : info@auchindrain.org.uk
Address : Auchindrain, Inveraray, Argyll, PA32 8WD



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