Auchindrain Township

Auchindrain Township

Auchindrain Historic Township is a unique place in Scotland. Centuries ago, small farming communities are known as townships were a common sight across the country. With time, they were abandoned, or the inhabitants were evicted in what is known as the Highland Clearances.

While most townships fell into a state of ruin and disrepair, Auchindrain remained inhabited until the 1960s, when the last family moved, and the township became an open-air museum.

Located six miles outside of Inveraray, the township of Auchindrain consists of 22 farm buildings that have remained in-situ for centuries and are surrounded by the remains of ancient field systems. The original village buildings include tenant farmers’ longhouses, domestic houses, barns, animal shelters, stables, a cart shed, a corn drying kiln, remains of a mill, walled gardens and part of a drove road. These provide a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the people who once lived and worked at Auchindrain.

Auchindrain is one of the 50 collections that have been Recognised as Nationally Significant in Scotland. Only a small number of other deserted and ruinous townships can provide similar data to Auchindrain, but they are often difficult to access and lack the historical documentation, which Auchindrain possesses. Historic Scotland and Argyll and Bute Council designate the Township of Auchindrain as an A-listed site and an Outstanding Conservation Area.

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Interior of historic Scottish house showing a table with rolling pin in the foreground and two recessed beds on the left.

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