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.