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The Scottish Crannog Centre

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Address: South Tay Road, Kenmore PH15 2HY, Scotland
Phone Number: 01887 830583
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Description: The Scottish Crannog Centre is a 5 star, authentic reconstruction of an...
The Scottish Crannog Centre is a 5 star, authentic reconstruction of an early Iron Age loch-dwelling which was built by the Scottish Trust for Underwater Archaeology. We also have a Gold award for environmental responsibility.Take a look at some of our underwater discoveries in the exhibition; walk over water into the Iron Age on your unique crannog tour, and get hands-on with ancient crafts and technologies. You can even hire a dugout canoe to paddle into prehistory (weather permitting). Special events run regularly and feature artists, musicians, skilled craft workers and other specialists who, together with our own team of Iron Age guides, actively bring the past to life for adults and children alike from ages 4 +. Also at our Centre, why not browse in our gift shop offering an excellent selection of books, crafts, and related items, or enjoy light refreshments from our snackbar.
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Really enjoyed our visit. Really well organised tour with a chance to try your hand at some old skills such as firefighting, wood shaving etc. Don't miss the turn off for it like... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Really enjoyed our visit. Really well organised tour with a chance to try your hand at some old skills such as firefighting, wood shaving etc. Don't miss the turn off for it like we did, as you end up going along a very long single track road. It is part of the Marina development with a car park on the... More 

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Fremantle, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

A Slightly strange attraction full of historical information and interactive displays. Lots of information on iron age life and a type of dwelling i'd never heard of!

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

It's the people who make this site, with storytelling and demonstrations broadening your understanding of the life once lived. Families on our tour were captivated, so I had no concerns recommending it to friends with kids. Our guide had to persevere to get his kindling to light, but fair play to him he got there in the end, amidst the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

A really insightful and interesting place to spend an afternoon and at the same time learn something of our history and culture as well as the basis of many key skills still used today. Great place to visit in a very beautiful location. Wonderful entertaining guides too. Good value.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

When I saw that this was quite a small place I was a bit concerned that we'd pay our money and be in and out quickly. But this turned out to be a great place. First you get about 15 minutes in the exhibition where there is lots I of information, and clothes to dress up in - for kids... More 

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Annan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

We weren't too sure if this was our cup of tea but we all really enjoyed it, including the children (age 3 & 4). Our guide was FANTASTIC clearly very into his line of work and the samples and enthusiasm kept the kids attention. we had the opportunity to make fire and other bits & pieces at the end. Really... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This is a great site for families or anyone interested in archaeology and history. Our guide was interesting and knew her history. She was very good with including the children that were in the group. I recommend a visit to the Crannog Centre if you are ever near the area... it was well worth the stop.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

A good mix of history, explanation and hands on experience. Suitable for all ages. Really interesting and now we're spotting crannogs everywhere!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Ever wondered why there are so many tiny islands in Scottish lochs? This brilliant exhibition explains how people built and lived on platforms in the lochs, and how they deteriorated over time, and turned into mini islands. The reconstructed crannog ( the name for the structure) is amazing, and the staff / volunteers are incredibly knowledgeable about the people who... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015 via mobile

This site is one of the best ive ever been to. There is something for everyone and months later you and the kids will remember the facts. The kids get hands on with wll the medieval tools. They can use a foot controlled lathe and try and nurl away wood. They also get to try and make a fire. The... More 

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ScottishCrannog C, visitor services at The Scottish Crannog Centre, responded to this review

Hi there - delighted to hear that you enjoyed this fascinating glimpse into the Iron Age. Would you believe that we actually found pole lathe evidence from 2500 years ago during our underwater excavations of the Loch! The Iron Age continues to surprise and amaze us! More 

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