Only six miles south of the picturesque town of Inveraray and 90 minutes from Glasgow, lies the last and best preserved example of a farm township in Scotland.
Centuries ago, there were thousands of small farming communities like Auchindrain across the country. With time, these places were abandoned or the inhabitants were evicted in what is known as the Highland Clearances. Whilst these settlements were completely wiped out or turned into ruins, today Auchindrain stands much as it did in the late 1700s.
A visit to Auchindrain is a unique and authentic experience not to be missed. Set in 22 acres of historic landscape, the township consists of 22 buildings and ruins, all Category A listed, surrounded by the remains of ancient field systems. 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. Many people describe their visit as a time travelling experience. A walk along the paths around the township and entering the houses and barns provide a clear sense of how people used to live and how hard live was for them. We are constantly researching the families that lived here and every day make fascinating discoveries about the lives of ordinary people.
Auchindrain is one of the 50 collections recognised as nationally significant to Scotland. The Recognised Collections reflect centuries of effort to preserve and interpret our past and together, they showcase the best collections that Scotland’s museums have to offer. After the Covid-19 closure, the museum is preparing to re-open in early August.
Please visit www.auchindrain.org.uk before you plan your trip to read about opening hours and measures to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Auchindrain is an independent museum run by Urras Achadh an Droighinn/The Auchindrain Trust, a Scottish charitable incorporated organisation.