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“A must see in Perthshire”

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.
Reviewed May 6, 2013

This was my second visit to the Crannog Centre, after considering it to be one of the most interesting, informative & interactive historical attractions the first time I visited in September 2012. It didn't disappoint on my second visit either; very much bringing to life how tough iron-age living must have been. Make's you glad you can simply pop to the shop for a loaf of bread. Wrap up warm though, it's a tad drafty in the Crannog.

Thank CuddlyBee
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"iron age"
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"loch tay"
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"wood turning"
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"well worth a visit"
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"all ages"
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"hands on activities"
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"on stilts"
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"wool spinning"
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"guided tour"
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"step back in time"
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"bronze age"
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"fascinating insight"
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"daily life"
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"interesting visit"
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"fascinating place"
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

Really interesting visit, the guide was spot on and it was obvious he loved what e was doing, it's a great visit the Crannog its self is pretty cool with the stories about the history of the place great

Thank ColinC715
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

Great day with archaeologists in costume and ancient food tastings [ salmon lamb wild herbs spelt bread..yummy]...real fire making from wood...most enjoyable and chats in the Crannog from well informed friendly staff

Thank krismckale
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Reviewed May 2, 2013

This is a wonderful visit.
A amazing place to go to
The guide was wonderful, decked out in clothes that would have been worn when the original building was in existence.
He certainly knew his stuff and it was wonderful to see such a knowledgeable person show us around.
very strongly recommended

Thank Ian J
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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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