WELCOME TO AUCHINDRAIN TOWNSHIP

Unique, authentic, thought-provoking

 

Step back in time and discover Scotland’s rural history at Auchindrain, the most complete and well-preserved example of a Scottish Highland farm township. Vividly imagine life in the old Highlands as you walk through the settlement and see how ordinary people lived and worked. Step into the restored longhouses, see the objects of everyday life and learn about the past inhabitants. 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.

 

Auchindrain is six miles south of Inveraray, just an hour and a half from Glasgow.

All contributions are very gratefully received and contribute to the valuable work we do here at Auchindrain.

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Auchindrain is recognised as being the most complete surviving example of a Highland farm township, a type of settlement representative of much of Scottish rural history.

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WHAT’S IN A NAME?

The name of the place is Achadh an Droighinn in Gaelic, and Auchindrain in the Scots language although until the 1950s the spelling was often Achindrain.  In the past, the name was sometimes translated into English as Thornfield.  Achadh is the Gaelic for “field”, and droighinn for the blackthorn or sloe tree – Prunus Spinosa.  The correct pronunciation is Achan-DRYan, with a soft “ch”. Say the “a” and the “i” in the Scots language spelling as two separate letters, and you won’t be far wrong

OPENING TIMES

We are open from 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 free.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adult: £6.50
Concession: £5.50
Under 18’s: £4.00
Local Residents and Friends of Auchindrain: £1.00
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.

 

School and other educational visits must be booked and arranged in advance, so that we can provide the type and quality of service you have the right to expect.

Children under 5, carers supporting visitors with disabilities, guides and drivers, and members of the Museums Association, the Association of

Independent Museums and the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions are admittted free.

Sorry, but we do not recognise membership cards for Historic Scotland or the National Trust for Scotland.

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Here's our Silja getting seriously technical. She's measuring up one of the 19th century buildings we has been excavating over the last couple of months. This is one of the last tasks as we wrap the project up.

The instrument she is using is a story in itself. It's a 40-year-old optical level which was donated to us earlier this year, and which we understand was originally used to survey the overhead electricity lines marching across the Argyll landscape. Before we could use it, it had to be calibrated to give accurate readings, but no-one could remember how this was done with a level this old! We are thus hugely grateful to our good friends at The Tape Store (www.thetapestore.co.uk) for working things out, making up a special piece of equipment, and then doing the work as a donation to the museum.
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