Find Scotland Tours that visit Crannog Centre.
|Address:||Kenmore, Loch Tay, Aberfeldy PH15 2HY|
|Opening Hours:||30th March to 30th October: 10 am to 5.30 pm |
Last tour at 4:15pm
|Admission:||Adult £ 10, Child £ 7, Senior £ 9 Family (2 adults + 2 children) £ 32|
|Accessibility:||Limited to visitor centre, Crannog not suited to wheelchairs|
|Toilets:||Yes, also disabled toilets|
A Crannog is an iron age type of Loch dwelling – usually in the form of a round house on stilts that would accommodate a whole community.
A team of underwater archaeologists discovered remains of a Crannog in Loch Tay by the village of Kenmore and this inspired the recreation of a Crannog on the loch. Archaeological investigation of the original crannog sites on Loch Tay has guided the techniques and material used in the construction of the crannog and everything has been sourced locally and assembled using methods that might have been used in the Iron Age.
In addition to the very faithful recreation of a Crannog, complete with smells, there is an exhibition centre displaying the iron-age artefacts found in Loch Tay, an explanation of how they built the Crannog, and an interactive area where you can try your hand at ancient crafts.
Visitors are taken on tours by guides in Iron-Age clothing. You can sit down inside the crannog around an open fire to listen to the guides as they explain what life would have been like inside the crannog and how the original Iron Age people would have overcome problems like driving the wooden legs of the crannog into the lake bed. On windy days, it can be quite cold inside the crannog so make sure that you get a seat close to the fire. In addition to the crannog, you can see demonstrations of Iron Age wood turning, too making and cooking. The full tour can take over an hour.
The Crannog is in an exposed spot so it can be cold. We advise that you wrap up warm.