Auchindrain Township, Inveraray

Auchindrain Township, Inveraray, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on the unique and preserved Scottish Highland Township  of Auchindrain near Inveraray  in the west of Scotland. This  community illustrates a traditional way of life in the Highlands of Scotland which was maintained for about 1000 years.

For reasons which are not clear, Auchindrain was never modernised but remained occupied through to the 20th century.

Like many of its peers, Auchindrain was a farming community which at its peak covered 4,000 acres. The land was held on a tenancy basis with rent paid in mix of produce and cash to the landlord, the Duke of Argyll. The community comprised a mix of tenants and cottars, with latter being specialists or labourers who worked in the community or elsewhere for wages. The main product at Auchindrain was cattle.

Living conditions at Auchindrain were somewhat basic. It was not uncommon for families to live at one end of a house (or longhouse) and cattle tethered at the other in winter time. This arrangement did provide  extra warmth due to the  heat given off by the cattle. The residents grew much of their own food as confirmed by the existence of large gardens.

This is a very worthwhile site allowing visitors to connect with the not too distant days of self-sufficiency and a unique Highand way of life. Auchindrain comprises about half a dozen houses and numerous farm buildings. A visit takes about 50 minutes.

Auchindrain Township, Inveraray

Auchindrain Township, Inveraray, Scotland

 

Auchindrain is about 10  mins south of Inveraray.

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