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Address: | Auchindrain, Inveraray PA32 8WD, Scotland
Phone Number:
+44 1499 500235
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Auchindrain/Achadh an Droighinn is a very special place - the only...

Auchindrain/Achadh an Droighinn is a very special place - the only surviving example of a Highland Farm Township that was not either abandoned or modernised. The 21 acre site, set in the dramatic Argyll landscape, gives visitors a fascinating insight into life and work in the old Highlands. Wander through the township, learn about its people, and explore the longhouses where they lived with their cattle and horses under one roof.

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Get in touch with history

A trip through time - and completely without the use of magic. Auchindrain is an original highland township, conserved by the work of a lot of dedicated people. If you're... read more

Reviewed July 3, 2016
Sirion80

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed August 11, 2016

Being run by two very bored teenagers who obviously did not want to be there Scones like hockey pucks no jam and only enough butter for one.... When asked about the lack of choice we were informed with a shrug "well it Sunday and were never busy so we don't prepare much Need I say more Open and do it... More 

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3 Thank Corbett S
AuchindrainTownship, Manager at Auchindrain Highland Farm Township, responded to this review

We are extremely sorry you did not enjoy your visit to Auchindrain. Please contact us direct at info@auchindrain.org.uk, and we will arrange a full refund. More 

Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed August 4, 2016

Although the weather was not kind to us it felt like we have your money and that's it . I felt that a lot more could be done to make things more of an attraction several cars came on to the car park and drove off as we were walking around .

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2 Thank albert1218
AuchindrainTownship, Manager at Auchindrain Highland Farm Township, responded to this review

We are very sorry to hear you feel this way. Yes, a very great deal more could be done to make Auchindrain an exciting attraction. We are only too painfully aware of this. What we do not have, however, is the money to do more than we are doing already. The museum is owned and run by an independent charity,... More 

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6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

I have to say I'm little bit disappointed, but may be I expected to much. The village is interesting example of past farmers culture. But beside that fact there is not really anything in that museum what would impress me beyond average. You can see it on route, but coming far away it is not worth in my opinion.

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6 Thank Sebastian M
AuchindrainTownship, Manager at Auchindrain Highland Farm Township, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear you found your visit disappointing. The point about Auchindrain is that the settlement as a whole - its layout, its buildings and its landscape - is a unique survival of what was once commonplace. In the tablet guides we lend to visitors, and in our printed guidebook, we try very hard to convey a sense... More 

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29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed July 3, 2016

A trip through time - and completely without the use of magic. Auchindrain is an original highland township, conserved by the work of a lot of dedicated people. If you're interested in history, be sure to spend some time here. If only left 4 points because the visit is a bit of "special interest" if you're not fond of walking,... More 

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Thank Sirion80
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed June 18, 2016

"What has happened to Auchindrain" I was very sad to see Auchindrain looking so bad on our recent visit, the houses which were once like stepping back in time now just look like a collection of old neglected mish mash of stuff from various eras in the past, the houses look like no one has put any care into them... More 

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AuchindrainTownship, Manager at Auchindrain Highland Farm Township, responded to this review

We are greatly saddened to see that Ann M has continued her public condemnation of the museum and its work by posting this piece on Trip Adviser. Following her visit on 17th June she posted it multiple times on our Facebook page, and ignored our repeated requests through Facebook Private Messages that she should engage directly with us so that... More 

Colorado
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99 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

This interesting site needs money to spiff it up and make it more accessible to those that won't be bothered to read the poster boards. We are from the US and in our country the first step would be to enlist some university grad students maybe in a history department to assist by applying for grant money for this important... More 

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3 Thank coloradotalk
AuchindrainTownship, Manager at Auchindrain Highland Farm Township, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. May we respond briefly to the points you make? We have been working very hard indeed in recent years to secure more recurring and one-off funding, and have perhaps been rather more successful than you have thought. But the number and range of relevant grant programmes is relatively limited, and our constant efforts to recruit... More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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103 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed June 4, 2016

The only remaining highland farm township: collection of cottages & farm buidings spread over a sloping valley side next to the road. Some restored/furnished, others derelict/ruined. Useful if slightly repetitive information at each one. Gives an insight into what life might have been like in the highlands - it was occupied (just) up to the 1960s. Tea room provides simple... More 

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Carluke, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

Loved my visit but I imagine some folk might find it a bit dull. I personally loved to feel I had stepped back in time. A few people dotted about mysteriously would have added to the experience. Cafe seemed a bit sparse.

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Thank Davina G
AuchindrainTownship, Manager at Auchindrain Highland Farm Township, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, and we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit. We would very much like to be able to populate the township as you say, but this is financially way beyond our reach. We're a bit in the back of beyond so we don't get huge numbers of visitors, and as a result our cash resources... More 

Norwalk, CT
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114 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed May 28, 2016

As an American I've struggled to understand the Highland Clearances and what life was like for ordinary people. An hour spent reading the informational placards at Auchindrain visitor centre was worth more than anything else I've encountered. What really struck me was that Queen Victoria referred to Auchindrain as an "ancient" township when she visited in the 1840s. Parents will... More 

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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

This place is wonderful. I visited on beautiful sunny day and greeted with a warm welcome. Unlike some of the other reviewers, I appreciated the opportunity to walk the site on my own and imagine living there without the distraction of a guide. Each building had a detailed sign indicating the purpose of the building, the history of the area... More 

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