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Auchindrain Township

Open Now: 10:00 - 17:00
Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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A highlight of our trip, but...

The highlight was the Waulking Group - a lovely group of ladies re-creating the 'waulking' of a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Hidden gem

We had not planned to stop here, as a matter of fact we passed it up. We stopped to take pictures... read more

Reviewed 9 September 2018
Cynthia F
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Auchindrain is the only surviving example of a Highland Farm Township that was not abandoned or modernised, and is now preserved as a museum and run by an independent charity. The 21 acre site offers visitors a fascinating insight into life and work...more
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| Auchindrain, Inveraray PA32 8WD, Scotland
+44 1499 500235
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Drove two hours to get here on 13th October, says open from 10am but still no sign of anyone at 11am. No update on the website and no phone message when called. Had a great day elsewhere but very annoying when something you have had...More

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Ach A, Manager at Auchindrain Township, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

We are EXTREMELY sorry to hear of your wasted journey today. We closed the museum on Thursday afternoon because the wind was very strong, the rain extremely heavy and the watercourses high, and we concluded the site was dangerous to visit. When last seen, late...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

The highlight was the Waulking Group - a lovely group of ladies re-creating the 'waulking' of a length of woven fabric, while singing traditional songs. Our tablet did not work, so we took it back in exchange for another - which also did not work...More

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Ach A, Manager at Auchindrain Township, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your comments: we are pleased you enjoyed your visit to Auchindrain. We are very aware that some visitors report that the guide-tablets "do not work". This issue has been the subject of repeated study by the specialist company who designed the system...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I liked how the information showed what it was like from various sources, at different decades, e.g. 1850s vs 1930s vs 1950s. Guide had a little trouble in 'wander' mode and I ended up tapping all the explanations it missed at the end in 'reader'...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dropped in when too claggy for mountain views and really glad I did. The intro in the visitor centre sets the scene well and the I-pad (rain-proof) gave excellent interpretations. Great to be able to access them afterwards too. Touching stories to go with thorough...More

Thank Emma K
Reviewed 10 September 2018

This is our second visit to Auchindrain museum, the first being around 10 years ago. It is a rare and beautiful place as it depicts an unspoiled highland farming township exactly as it was. Nothing restored, no glass cases or do not touch signs. It...More

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Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile

We had not planned to stop here, as a matter of fact we passed it up. We stopped to take pictures down the rode and saw a sign for it and a description, which caught our eye. We turned back and bought our tickets. Christine,...More

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Ach A, Manager at Auchindrain Township, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2018

Thank you for visiting us, and so sorry that your guide-tablet didn't work as intended. For reasons no-one understands, sometimes an individual tablet decides it can't detect the GPS signals or read the Bluetooth beacons (we use both). When this happens, we reboot it and...More

Reviewed 7 September 2018

We enjoyed our visit here and thought it was a good contrast with the splendour of life at Inveraray Castle. The conditions people lived in, right up to the 1960's, were very basic indeed. There isn't a lot to see here,but it is a sobering...More

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Reviewed 13 August 2018

It is almost unbelievable that until 1963 people lived and worked here. This was a self supporting community. Today we cannot imagine that one could live in these tiny and cold houses. Very friendly staff told us all we wanted to know. Nice people like...More

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Ach A, Manager at Auchindrain Township, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2018

Cat Liath thanks you for your kind review of Auchindrain.

Reviewed 6 August 2018

First visit to Auchindrain, and what a fascinating place, absolutely steeped in history and atmosphere, the interactive tablet they give you at reception are a brilliant idea. We were also fortunate enough to visit the same day as the Nevis Ensemble were playing on their...More

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Reviewed 28 July 2018

The last township in Scotland. Such a sad place. This was a home to so many families over several generations until gradually they moved away to a better life. But as you stand in one of the old cottages and see the living conditions you...More

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AuchindrainTownship, Manager at Auchindrain Township, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2018

Thank you for your review. We don't find Auchindrain "a sad place": rather, we like to think it is somewhere for reflection on a past from which we have moved on, at least in Scotland. Our Visitor Centre sells hot drinks and snacks, and we...More

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