Try these practical ideas to help you enjoy and understand Auchtavan.


  • Create stories and characters depicting life in Auchtavan in the 19th century.
  • Explore the place names of the local area and research their origins.
  • Research the tales and legends of the surrounding area and what they tell us about life around Auchtavan.


  • Measure the remains of the buildings and draw scale plans of the site.
  • Research meteorological records and construct diagrams to illustrate temperature and rainfall throughout the year.
  • Devise methods of estimating distances to and heights of nearby hilltops.
  • Calculate the areas covered by fields on adjacent farms.
  • Research and graph changes in the local population over the years.

Social Subjects

  • Create a scale map of the local area.
  • Explore the soil types and climate of the area and suggest appropriate agricultural use.
  • Research the social structures of those living at Auchtavan in the 18th and 19th centuries.
  • Research the impact of the Jacobite rebellions on the local area.
  • Research the impact of the Highland Clearances on the local area.
  • Research the development and impact of the modern estates on life in the local area.
  • Research the transport systems of the area.


  • Set up and use a weather station at the site to monitor conditions over a period of time.
  • Map out readings of soil temperature, pH and water content.
  • Research the plant, insect, animal and bird life in the area.


  • Explore the construction of the main building.
  • Create a three-dimensional scale model of the site.
  • Explore the engineering and operation of the horse mill.

Expressive Arts

  • Create a picture, story or play depicting life at Auctavan.
  • Photograph the area and create a montage.
  • Create a virtual tour of the site using video, music and commentary.
  • Research the music and songs of the area.

Health & Wellbeing

  • Research the diets of people living at Auchtavan in the 19th century.
  • Research and try to recreate cooking methods and typical meals from the 19th century.
  • Research the energy needed by people to live and travel in the area in the 19th century.

Religious and Moral Education

  • Research the development of religious worship in the area.
  • Explore local churches.
  • Explore local graveyards and trace local family groups.