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“A visit to the Scottish Crannog Centre”

The Scottish Crannog Centre
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Kenmore
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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.
Reviewed April 25, 2013

Having decided to have a look at the Falls of Dochart at Killin, and only getting a glimpse of those, as the car parking seems a bit iffy, my Wife and I continued our journey towards Aberfeldy.

En route, we saw a sign for the Scottish Crannog Centre, and this being something that I've wanted to see for a long time, we took a turn off the main road, and headed for the Centre.

We got a friendly welcome from staff there, and decided to take the tour, which cost £8.00 each.

A young lady from Slovenia, who is studying archeology, was our guide on the tour, explaining what a crannog was, where they have been found in the British Isles, and suggesting possible reasons why they had been built in such a way.

We were invited to don a blanket during the tour which was a great idea, as the temperature was typically Scottish out at the structure itself. We sat around the fireplace-not lit-where we were told about domesticated animals being kept in the crannog along with the people, what diet the inhabitants were known to have eaten, and dug out canoes that they probably used.

After this, we proceeded back toward the centre itself where replica lathes were situated, which, after instruction on how these operated, we were invited to have a go at.

Another 'have a go' attraction was to try to make fire using a hardwood peg driven by a bow rotated back and forth on a piece of softwood. This was successfully demonstrated by our knowledgeable guide, but when I had a go I almost pulled a muscle. It was good fun though.

I'm really pleased that we stopped at the Centre as it was very interesting. Very good at participation activities.

There was a window through which refreshments could be purchased, but this didn't seem to be manned. Could've done with a cuppa.

Well worth a visit.

Thank Alan D
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Reviewed April 23, 2013

Well worth a visit to the Crannog Centre. Our ancestors had such tough lives. This place really gives an insight of their lives.

Thank AED123
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

If you loathe the idea of running around the city night spots with an L plate hanging round your neck and want a hen party with a difference, this is the place. Our party had the most wonderful experience - an Iron Age 'Ready, Steady, Cook'. The staff had put so much work into preparing this for us. First we dressed in tweeds and fleeces (many made specially for our visit) then we had a tour of the Crannog and a bit about the history; then the serious stuff- I thought we would be grinding flour and cooking breadsticks over an open fire: instead tables were prepared with local herbs, salad leaves and lots of interesting tasty bits. We made a veritable banquet - venison & juniper stew with fresh veg; a mushroom and barley 'risotto' with wild garlic; goat's cheese and hazelnut salad; then pancakes and jam. And of course the bread - lovely spelt flour rolls baked in open clay ovens. Afterwards, although we could barely move, we were shown, and had a chance to try for ourselves, lots of Iron Age techniques. I cannot recommend this highly enough.
PS Confession: back at the Bunkhouse, there was a bit of glitter and dayglo dressing up!

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Reviewed April 21, 2013

Very interesting to see what life would have been like thousands of years ago , not only was the crannog interesting but you were able to have a go at making fire and making flour etc as they would have done. The staff are very knowledgable and very nice and their is a cafe and shop on site too. Parking is just across the road and is free although it does cost to get in the crannog itself .

Thank cornishsprite
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

Me and my Boyfriend went during Easter 2013, and had a lovely afternoon. It was very informative and enjoyable and we will be going back next year!!

Thank Lise M
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