Step back into the past at Auchindrain, an abandoned settlement nestled deep in the hills of Argyll
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 commonly 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 buildings which make up the museum's Nationally Recognised Collection are preserved in an authentic condition, and furnished with everyday objects - as you explore Auchindrain, you are experiencing the last remains of a way of life now lost forever.
A visit to the township may be a trip back in time, but our modern Visitor Centre, shop and tearoom have all the comforts of the 21st century. Local produce can be found in both the shop and the tearoom, where seasonal specials are made fresh, often using ingredients produced on site. Auchindrain is still a working farm, and during your visit you can expect to meet our free-range chickens, sheep and Highland cows, as well as the township's cat, Cat Liath. Do view our interactive guide and read our reviews on TripAdvisor.
Auchindrain is located just 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 rates 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.