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.
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