Step back into the past at Auchindrain, the best preserved township in Scotland nestled deep in the hills of Argyll. Explore Auchindrain's barns, houses and fields, and see how people lived and worked in rural Scotland. At the visitor centre you will find a shop and tearoom. With 22 acres of historic landscape, a visit to Auchindrain is the ideal place if you are looking to avoid overcrowded spaces. It is also a unique opportunity to embark on a trip to the past in Scotland's last surviving township
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 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, due to its remote location. The township's buildings (which make up a Nationally Recognised Collection) are preserved in an authentic condition, furnished with everyday objects. Exploring Auchindrain is a way to experience the last remains of a way of life now lost forever.
A visit to the township may be a trip back in time, but we have a modern visitor centre, coffee shop and shop on site. Auchindrain is also still a working farm, and during your visit you can meet our free-range chickens and sheep, as well as the township's cat, Liath. Before you visit, view our interactive guide and read our reviews on TripAdvisor.
Auchindrain is located 6 miles south of Inveraray, on the eastern side of the A83. Our opening hours are 1st April to 31st October, 10am to 5pm daily. From November to March we are open most weekdays except over Christmas and New Year, but please telephone to check before you leave home. In the winter the Visitor Centre is closed and you take us as you find us, but admission is at the reduced rate of £1.00 for adults and 50p for children and concessions. 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.