See this remarkably well preserved example of a Highland farm township, a fascinating relic from a long-vanished period in Scottish agricultural history.
Discover how Scotland’s rural inhabitants lived and worked at the Auchindrain Trust, a collection of restored dwellings and farm buildings which once formed a small farming community. These were known as townships or bailes in Scots Gaelic and were a common sight all over Scotland until the Highland Clearances of the 18th century. Auchindrain was the last to survive and is now a designated conservation area maintained by the National Museums and National Galleries of Scotland. Wander at leisure among the carefully preserved township buildings which include furnished longhouses, barns and byres, and discover how rural life was lived over the centuries. There is a shop selling wide range of books and locally-made crafts and souvenirs alongside a café offering a selection of light refreshments and beverage. The menu occasionally features ‘heritage dishes’, meals similar to those that would have been eaten by the township’s residents.