Scottish Crannog Centre

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The Scottish Crannog Centre is a 5 star attraction in Kenmore, no longer featuring an authentic reconstruction of an early Iron Age loch-dwelling which was originally built by the Scottish Crannog Centre Trust (SC018418). Take a look at some of our underwater discoveries in the exhibition; 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 for all ages. Also at our Centre, why not browse in our giftshop offering an excellent selection of books, crafts, and related items, or enjoy light refreshments from our snack bar?

01/11/2023

We are now CLOSED for the winter, to allow us to move to Dalerb, finfish building and to set up our new museum. We look forward to seeing everyone once we reopen on the 31st March 2024.

wonderful Samhain evening last night, with fire and acrobatics, hunt the cabbage, angry fairies, fancy dress competition...
01/11/2023

wonderful Samhain evening last night, with fire and acrobatics, hunt the cabbage, angry fairies, fancy dress competitions, spooky stories and incredible costumes! A night to remember 🦇 and a fitting last event on our old site.

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN from the Crannog team this spooky Samhain morning!We are delighted to be SOLD OUT for our Samhain event ...
31/10/2023

HAPPY HALLOWEEN from the Crannog team this spooky Samhain morning!
We are delighted to be SOLD OUT for our Samhain event tonight! Thank you to everyone who has booked tickets - looking forward to seeing you in 'guise and garb!

Part of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2023!

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28/10/2023

Sneak peek of Tuesday's fire and acro performance with the incredible Wolanski's Pole & Aerial Fitness - a few tickets still available - just £10 pp. Performances all evening will include fire and acrobatics, shadow puppetry, storytelling, spooky games, candle making, and more. Book now: https://crannog.co.uk/whats-on/

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We will unfortunately be closed this weekend due to the bad weather and flooding. We will be open for our Samhain event ...
27/10/2023

We will unfortunately be closed this weekend due to the bad weather and flooding.
We will be open for our Samhain event on Tuesday evening - tickets available on our website https://crannog.co.uk/whats-on/
Thank you for your patience and understanding, and looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday!

26/10/2023

Looking forward to our Samhain celebration on Tuesday night. Here is a teaser from last year's performance by Wolanski's Pole & Aerial Fitness who will be back with more fire and magic this year!
More sneak peeks to come soon from their rehearsals in Grangemouth!
Tickets still available via our website: https://crannog.co.uk/whats-on/

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21/10/2023

Due to bad weather conditions, we will be closed today, but we hope to be open again tomorrow.

19/10/2023

Due to bad weather conditions we are closed today - we are aiming to re open on Saturday.

As we prepare to celebrate and say goodbye to our current home at this years Samhain, here are some lovely reflections o...
14/10/2023

As we prepare to celebrate and say goodbye to our current home at this years Samhain, here are some lovely reflections on last years event to get us feeling festive. 🔥 🎃 🕯️ 🧙🏿‍♀️ 🔮

Book now and join us in this delightful celebration: crannog.co.uk/whats-on

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13/10/2023

We are well on our way to moving into our new home – but since the ‘pods’ (structures housing our museum and shop/café) have been delivered to our site, the reality of home is really taking shape.

Here is our project architect from JML disucussing his work.


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11/10/2023

so please enjoy some lovely moments before the rain fell. 🍎📖

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10/10/2023

We are reopening tomorrow, back open as usual, like before we will be closed on Mondays and Fridays, but open for tours every other day. First tour tomorrow will be 10:45AM.

Thanks for your patience.

09/10/2023

Unfortunately, due to flooding, we will be closed until further notice.

08/10/2023

We will be closed today (Sunday 8th October) due to the adverse weather and staff safety getting to work. We apologise that our Celtic Autumn event will not run today, and will be in touch with all our bookings. We should be open as usual on Tuesday at 10am.

07/10/2023

Hi everyone!

Celtic Autumn is still in full swing, however our last tour leaves at 1:00pm; due to adverse weather conditions.

Any questions ring us on: 01887 830583

Rob has left to embark on a new adventure - for those who remember him for his work at the Crannog and his tours .      ...
02/10/2023

Rob has left to embark on a new adventure - for those who remember him for his work at the Crannog and his tours .

Prices now reduced to help with the cost of living.crannog.co.uk/whats-on/
02/10/2023

Prices now reduced to help with the cost of living.
crannog.co.uk/whats-on/

Join us if you dare.crannog.co.uk/whats-on/
30/09/2023

Join us if you dare.

crannog.co.uk/whats-on/

Some tasty highlights from last years Celtic Autumn Bake Off extravaganza! As well as that, just to let you know, some o...
27/09/2023

Some tasty highlights from last years Celtic Autumn Bake Off extravaganza!

As well as that, just to let you know, some of our amazing entertainers we will be hosting are Cara Roberts, Christine Kammerer and Munro Gould!

Book now: crannog.co.uk/whats-on/

Dogs and picnics welcome! 🐾

25/09/2023

Hi all,

Just to let you all know we are closed today (Monday 25th), Wednesday 27th and Friday 29th for staff training for our new museum!

From then on we will be closed each Monday and Friday until the end of the season.

Any questions please send us a message.

Love
The Crannog Team ❤️

Today is Mabon! A day where many people celebrate the autumn equinox and enjoy the balance of the light and the dark! It...
23/09/2023

Today is Mabon! A day where many people celebrate the autumn equinox and enjoy the balance of the light and the dark! It’s also a time where people harvest, here is what we have harvested locally 🍎🌳🍄🌰

book now crannog.co.uk/whats-on

22/09/2023

Scottish International Storytelling Festival (13-29 Oct) comes to Perth and Kinross - The Scottish International Storytelling Festival (SISF) is inviting Perth and Kinross audiences to join storytellers, musicians and artists to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and embrace this year’s festival theme 'Right To Be Human' with tales of human courage and creativity, spoken with powerful words. During this year’s festival (13-29 October), all across the country, storytellers will be telling stories about the impacts of war, gender inequality, censorship; ethnic, cultural, linguistic and religious prejudices; and other threats and challenges on our human rights as a global nation.
Locally, in Aberfeldy one of the oldest music cultures in Europe, the Sami people will be celebrated with a weekend of events at The Birks Cinema Aberfeldy including a screening of Yoik directed by Maj Lis Skaltje (Fri 20 Oct), and a Joik singing workshop at Lesser Town Hall (Sat 21 Oct). At the Joik singing workshop local storyteller Claire Hewitt (pictured) will invite audiences to join Sami storyteller Berit Alette Mienna and musician Øistein Hanssen to share traditions and foods and hear stories and songs, told in the ancient Sami song tradition of Joik.
Elsewhere. The Scottish Crannog Centre in Kenmore will host Celtic Autumn: The Iron Age Bake Off (Sat 7 & Sun 8 Oct), a celebration of the harvest on Loch Tay where audiences can enjoy stories at the fireside, and some ancient delicacies including smoked Loch Tay trout and bog butter. And, because it’s a Bake Off, they are also invited to judge which of the dishes is best!
Then, to celebrate the ancient annual Celtic festival of Samhain (Tue 31 Oct) there will be fireside storytelling, live music, games with the Hedgewitches, shadow puppetry, guising, and the Centre’s famous Ram Burn where a wicker effigy of a ram is burnt in the fire!
As events take place across Scotland, SISF also invites audiences from further afield to tune into the Festival’s new podcast series Another Story - six weekly episodes themed around our right to be human.Audiences can also join in online at Global Lab - a series of digital storytelling and development sessions. In week one (16-19 Oct) Global Lab will look at our planet’s eco-system and how ecological passion drives twenty-first century storytelling in association with Earth Charter International and, in week two the workshop theme Shared Lives (23-26 Oct) will focus on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the importance of valuing dignity, respect, equality and compassion in our lives.
Looking ahead to this year’s event, Scottish International Storytelling Festival Director, Donald Smith said: All over the world human and environmental rights are under threat. But against that there is an activist and creative tide building towards a different future. The Storytelling Festival is part of that wave.”

Listings Information

Scottish International Storytelling Festival
13 - 29 October 2023
In person in Edinburgh and across Scotland, and online
For tickets and more info visit www.sisf.org.uk

Connect with the festival on social media

Go Local Storytelling Events in Perth and Kinross:

Sat 7 & Sun 8 Oct, 10am - Celtic Autumn: The Iron Age Bake Off - Scottish Crannog Centre, Loch Tay PH15 2HY tours start every 45 mins (6hrs) £7, under 5s free (family tickets available)
Booking and info www.crannog.co.uk [email protected] 01887 830583

Fri 20 Oct, 5.30pm - Sami Night: Film and Storytelling - live storytelling with Berit Alette Mienna and musician Øistein Hanssen hosted by Claire Hewitt , feast, ceilidh and screening of Yoik directed by Maj Lis Skaltje, Birks Cinema, 1 Dunkeld Street, PH15 2DA (3hrs) £10, under 18s free.
Booking and info www.birkscinema.co.uk

Sat 21 Oct, 2pm - Joik Singing Workshop, Lesser Town Hall Aberfeldy, 2 Crieff Road PH15 2BJ (2hrs) Free, ticketed, donations welcome. Booking and info Claire hewitt [email protected] 07500 118047

Tue 31 Oct, 7pm - Samhain Festival, Scottish Crannog Centre, Loch Tay PH15 2HY (2hrs 30m) £20 (£15 child, under 5s free) Booking and info www.crannog.co.uk [email protected] 01887 830583

Scottish Storytelling Forum (TRACS) Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland - TRACS

22/09/2023

A big congratulations to the 453 charities and community groups in Scotland sharing £11.8 million of funding today! These worthy projects are helping to connect and empower people across Scotland. 🎉

Stranraer Water Sports Association in Dumfries and Galloway is one community group to benefit from a grant of £52,132.00. This group will use the funding to continue its free instructor training for local secondary school pupils, helping build their confidence and create opportunities.

Local teen Rosie said,

“I feel incredibly lucky that this programme exists. It has already opened so many doors for me in the future. Watersports are so expensive and really difficult to get into if you're a young person in Scotland. This programme has made the industry accessible to young people with a passion like myself.”

Incredible projects like this are made possible by National Lottery players.❤️

Some of the other groups to benefit are: Fresh Start , Lingo Flamingo CIC, LEAP Sports Scotland , MENSELF + , Scottish Book Trust , The Cheyne Gang , Passion4Fusion ScrapAntics , Forres Area Community Trust , Networks of Wellbeing , Aberdeen Cyrenians , Stirling and District Women's Aid , Relationships Scotland Orkney , Start Up Stirling , LINK East Fife Adult Mental Health Befriending Project

Hi all! Our Marketing Officer Chantel is off until the 22nd of September for a very well-earned holiday 😊She won’t be on...
12/09/2023

Hi all! Our Marketing Officer Chantel is off until the 22nd of September for a very well-earned holiday 😊

She won’t be on here posting or responding to messages so if you have any questions or queries, please check out our website: crannog.co.uk/whats-on

In the meantime, here is a current update on what is happening in our new museum!

Fires at the ready…Our annual cook off is back!Crannog.co.uk/whats-on
10/09/2023

Fires at the ready…
Our annual cook off is back!

Crannog.co.uk/whats-on

Imagine finding 2500-year-old fingerprints! We find many here at the Crannog Centre, present on little bits of pottery! ...
08/09/2023

Imagine finding 2500-year-old fingerprints! We find many here at the Crannog Centre, present on little bits of pottery! Sometimes fingerprints are used for decoration, but this usually occurs on the outside of the pot. Most of the fingerprints we find are on the inside of the pot, on the base. After experimenting with pots with and without fingerprint marks on the base, we have discovered that they are very helpful in the cooking process. The indentations help to heat up food and water quicker whilst its over a fire! Iron Age convection! Finding fingerprints from the Iron Age also allows us to connect with the past on a much more personal level. This idea developed in our phrase 1000 fingerprints, 1000 voices and we aim to incorporate this into everything that we do.



07/09/2023

Here is Pippa, Amy the Curators niece, who brought in some pieces of pottery she also found in and around Loch Tay!



Pottery is an incredibly resilient material. It can survive extreme high temperatures, hold things as dangerous as fiery...
06/09/2023

Pottery is an incredibly resilient material. It can survive extreme high temperatures, hold things as dangerous as fiery molten metal and as ordinary as a morning cup of tea. In this regard it is very much like the people that we’ve worked with throughout the pottery project.

From GAMH (Glasgow Association of Mental Health) to PWA (Perth Women’s Aid) we have had a consistently wonderful and diverse group of individuals interacting with our 2,500 year old pottery.

To be able to handle, clean, and examine pottery form thousands of years ago in our very own hands is a unique experience that allows us to connect not just to the past but also with each other as we share in the wonder that is pottery.

Archaeology Scotland

With September being Scottish Archaeology Month, and we are hosting the launch on our site today, we wanted to show you ...
02/09/2023

With September being Scottish Archaeology Month, and we are hosting the launch on our site today, we wanted to show you something special…

Take a look at our new pottery display in our museum! All thanks to our Curator Amy, and Pottery Project Volunteer David!

The case is now home to two different collections, one from Dun Bharabhat and one from Oakbank crannog (where our original collection is from). These items have never been on display before so it is amazing to showcase these fantastic items for the first time.

Not only did we catalogue and display our collection, we also worked with community groups such as Women’s Aid Perth, who helped us create and catalogue our collection; and also helped us strike up some incredible conversations about pottery and it’s resilience.

Keeping with this theme of the pottery display and our pottery project, for the next 7 days we will be sharing some exclusive content on what has been going on behind the scenes of our brand new display!

Archaeology Scotland

30/08/2023

Scottish Archaelogy starts this month, and it starts in our home – The Scottish Crannog Centre.
Book a tour and join the fun – crannog.co.uk/whats-on


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For all of those wondering where we are going to house our beautiful artefacts, here is a sneak preview.🛖 JML SIPs JML G...
29/08/2023

For all of those wondering where we are going to house our beautiful artefacts, here is a sneak preview.🛖
JML SIPs
JML Garden Rooms

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29/08/2023

Hi all!

Just to let you know we will be closed Wednesday 30th August all day for staff training! We apologise for any inconveniences caused.

Stay tuned for more build content!

TSCC

29/08/2023

This year, Archaeology Scotland will celebrate the launch of Scottish Archaeology Month (SAM) on Saturday, 2 September, at the amazing Scottish Crannog Centre on Loch Tay in Perthshire.

The team at the Scottish Crannog Centre are helping us explore the world of “Living Heritage”, this year’s European Heritage Days theme.

Come and take part in an Iron Age Treasure Hunt, learn about boar hunting and leather braid making, join our Instagram photography competition with a chance to win some great prizes, handle real archaeological Iron Age objects and explore all that the Scottish Crannog Centre has to offer!

What’s more, award-winning children’s author Victoria Williamson will join us to talk about and give readings from her new book, Whistlers in the Dark, a historical fantasy exploring folk legends and their place in a modernising world set during the Roman invasion of Iron Age Scotland.

We are very grateful to Historic Environment Scotland and Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery for sponsoring us.

Normal entrance charges to The Scottish Crannog Centre will apply.

Today we have a pottery firing on the beach with the lovely Jason, experimenting with new open firing techniques, and ho...
26/08/2023

Today we have a pottery firing on the beach with the lovely Jason, experimenting with new open firing techniques, and hopefully a soon to be displayed replica pot for our museum, based on the Oakbank Crannog excavation! Pop in today and hear all about it!

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Dalerb development details… 🛖 JML SIPs  Contracts Ltd --
25/08/2023

Dalerb development details… 🛖
JML SIPs
Contracts Ltd
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23/08/2023

13 Weekends 🛖 850+ Volunteering hours!

Want to join the fun?
Email: [email protected]

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22/08/2023

🐦‍🔥A truly magical weekend to remember. Thank you.

Address

Kenmore, Loch Tay
Aberfeldy
PH152HY

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10am - 4pm
Wednesday 10am - 5:30pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm

Telephone

+441887830583

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Originally built 20 years ago as an archaeological experiment, The Scottish Crannog Centre has evolved over the years and today includes a museum, the remarkable reconstructed crannog and a living history area with hands-on demonstrations of ancient crafts and technologies. Throughout your visit you will find a team of enthusiastic, knowledgeable and friendly Iron Age interpreters to help guide you and ensure the best experience possible. Special events run regularly which vividly bring the past to life – go see our events for further details.

A huge thanks to the super-talented Kenneth Sands for this amazing image.


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