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“A wonderful experience”

The Scottish Crannog Centre
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Kenmore
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Falkirk, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“A wonderful experience”
Reviewed May 4, 2011

Definately a must do. The whole experience was wonderful. The setting is superb. The Crannog is so authentic that I felt we were transported through time to 2500 years ago. The guide was awesome. Very knowledgeable and dressed in the gear of the time. We all had a chance to make wool, start fire with two pieces of wood, grind corn. Loved it.

Visited May 2011
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Biggar, United Kingdom
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“Historic reconstruction of interest to all ages”
Reviewed December 28, 2010

We dropped in to the Centre, not far from Aberfeldy and Pitlochry, in October 2010 having previously seen the crannog feature on some television programmes. The main attraction is a clever reconstruction of this style of iron age home built on stilts off the shoreline of Loch Tay. The Centre, a modern building on shore, has audio visual features and displays of the history of these type of homes in the area (of which there were quite a number) and also tells the story of the restoration/reconstruction work relating to this particular crannog. That aspect is of more interest I'd expect to the adults however the guides, dressed for the part, are enthusiastic and encourage participation by young and old. We were led by one of them across to the crannog and told of how people would have lived in these dwellings and this was presented in a manner which kept everyone's attention. Back on dry land we were given a demostration of how primative tools were used (you can also try these for yourself) however trying to create a hole in a stone with a piece of wood and friction and how to start a fire - similar routine - looked hard work best left to the experts! Our guide, to her credit, almost managed to get a fire going - and choke herself to death with the smoke! It's an interesting place and an enjoyable way of spending an hour or two if you are in the area.

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Sussex, New jersey
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210 reviews
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“Guide was Very Informative”
Reviewed August 25, 2010

Stopped here as part of a tour and was not really sure what to expect. But we were glad we did, as it was very informative and well worth the time to see it. Our local guide used a bow and dowel to make a fire, we all thought he was going to pass out from the effort. He was very informative on all aspects of the Crannog and its past.

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“Really quite excellent - a great place to visit.”
Reviewed May 30, 2010

I was genuinely really surprised by the Crannog Centre... I'm normally a little bit wary of slightly earnest archaeological visitor centres - some of them can be a little worthy and rough round the edges. Forget that here - the Crannog is brilliant! Our tour guide really made it worthwhile - not only was she clearly very knowledgeable, but was very effective at conveying information... We learned so much! She was also very good at catering for all the different type of people on the tour, from children, people who didn't speak English as their first language, and even the inevitable 'know it all' who seems intent on catching the guide out... Our guide coped with them all.

To top it all off, the crannog itself really is beautiful.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“beautiful spot... interesting centre”
Reviewed October 9, 2009

this crannog centre is in such a beautiful spot it doesn't really matter if you're interested in crannogs, it's worth going along this side of Kenmore just for the view up the loch. The tour guides all seemed very interested in their subject and provided a fun, talk. Opportunity to use some of the historic style tools and an insight into our cultural heritage.

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