Auchindrain Township

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Place Category: History, Castles & Historic Buildings, and Museums

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  • Step 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. In Highland farming townships, land was held and worked in common, and the typically clustered layout of this type of settlement is a reflection of the tight-knit nature of the communities that belonged to them.
    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, because of 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 wander through Auchindrain, you are experiencing the last remains of a lost way of life.

    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.

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