Your Visit

Auchindrain is on the A83 just south of Inveraray in Argyll.  Click here for a map.
 

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 hoping 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 the site 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 anticipating, understanding and appreciating its authenticity.

 

Very deliberately, there are no labels or interpretation boards within the township itself. We will lend you a guide-tablet that offers a full or a short tour, or enables you to explore in your own way with information relevant to your location appearing as you go round.  The tablets are only available in English at present, but during 2019 we expect to go live with translations into Gaelic, Dutch, Italian, German, French and Spanish.  If you prefer we can offer you a printed guidebook instead, in English, French or German, but this contains much less of the township's rich history than the guide-tablet.  Other than on a pre-booked basis for schools and larger groups, we do not 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 your imagination will help you sense and feel 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 damage 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 give you his own very special guided tour!  Well-behaved dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a lead - 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.

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