Scottish Crannog Centre

Scottish Crannog Centre

Kenmore, Loch Tay, By Aberfeldy, Perthshire, Scotland, PH15 2HY
01887 830 583

Join the 21st Century Crannog Community where you will be guaranteed a warm welcome and taken on a fascinating journey into Scotland’s prehistory.

Walk in the footsteps of the original crannog dwellers and immerse yourself in village life with original artefacts; demonstrations of textiles, cooking and ancient crafts and technologies; paddle into prehistory in one of our replica log boats and take in the atmosphere inside the crannog roundhouse.

Bring your picnic and make a day of it surrounded by the stunning landscape of Loch Tay. Dogs are welcome.

As an accredited museum, we are committed to preserving, studying and displaying our collections and making them accessible to all. Thanks to a grant from Museums and Galleries Scotland, we will be giving our museum a well-deserved facelift this year. 

Excavations of Oakbank Crannog began in 1980 but very few of the artefacts discovered have been displayed since then. Our grant-aided project will place all our collections into the museum with new interpretation panels and graphics.

What's New?

  • An exciting timeline will help you find our crannog location 2,500 years ago within the vast expanse of prehistoric time and within a wider European context.  
  • A study centre will allow you to browse our collections, research our library and find out more about archaeological sites in Scotland, with the help of a volunteer museum steward.  Contact us if you are interested in joining the steward team. 
  • Our 'Open the Box' project will allow you to fully explore the collections which will be arranged in a visual access storage display.  If you are a member of a community group or school, why not get in touch with us to join the project and choose your own box to open. 
  • New, object-rich, displays will show never-before-seen 2,500 year old artefacts. 
  • A special exhibition on prehistoric music funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund will be the highlights
  • A special exhibition on prehistoric music, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, will be the highlight of this autumn, accompanied by a range of events and performances throughout the year.

We will be creating our new displays whilst keeping the museum open, so please do bear with us if sections are temporarily inaccessible during your visit.  Why not use your gift-aided admission for a free return visit?

Attraction Details

OPENING TIMES
The Centre will open at 10 a.m. for abridged tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

GUIDED TOURS
Guided tours take place throughout the day. If you wish to check times before you set off please call us.

BOOKING
There is no need to book unless your group is more than 12 people.

GROUP BOOKING
If you are interested in bringing a group to the Centre, please email us at [email protected] or call us for further information.

LAST TOUR TIME
4.15pm (effective from 30th March until 30th October)
In order to enjoy a full tour of the centre, please ensure you arrive no later than 4.15pm. Anyone arriving after this time may experience a shortened tour.

STANDARD ADMISSIONS
Adults-£10.00
Seniors-£9.00
Children-£7.00 (aged 5-16)
Students-£9.00 (17 and over)
Families-from £32.00 (2+2)

EVENT ADMISSIONS
Admissions for our day-time events are as above, however, we do request that you kindly make a donation for taking out log boats on event days (subject to experience and weather), participation in some of our demonstrations and workshops and for tasters of our food. Donation boxes can be found throughout the site.

Tickets for evening events are valid for the evening only and do not include daytime entrance to the Centre.

What is a Crannog?

Crannogs are a type of ancient loch-dwelling found throughout Scotland and Ireland.Most seem to have been built as individual homes to accommodate extended families. Similar settlements are found throughout the rest of Europe.

The Crannog reconstruction which forms the focal point of the Scottish Crannog Centre was built by The Scottish Trust for Underwater Archaeology. It was created to promote the research, recording, preservation and interpretation of Scotland's underwater heritage.

The earliest loch-dwelling in Scotland is some 5,000 years old but people built, modified and re-used crannogs in Scotland up until the 17th century AD. Here in Highland Perthshire the prehistoric crannogs were originally timber-built roundhouses supported on piles or stilts driven into the loch bed.

In more barren environments, tons of rock were piled onto the loch bed to make an island on which to build a stone house. Today the crannogs appear as tree-covered islands or remain hidden as submerged stony mounds. Several hundred have been discovered so far in Scotland although only a few have been investigated.

What to expect!

Your visit to the Scottish Crannog Centre includes a museum, the reconstructed crannog and living history area with hands-on demonstrations of ancient crafts and technologies.  Our team of enthusiastic, knowledgeable and friendly Iron Age Interpreters are here to help you.

Dogs Are Welcome

We're always delighted when dogs come along with their human friends to experience the Iron Age! Dogs on leads are very welcome on site!

Location

Located in the eastern area of Loch Tay near the village of Kenmore, The Scottish Crannog Centre is situated in the most idyllic country setting which is perfect for a day out all year round.

Need More Inspiration?

There are a wide range of activities and things to do at Loch Tay. You can walk, cycle and travel around the countryside to your heart’s content. In the winter you can even explore the wilderness and discover the wildlife that inhabit the mountain tops. As well as enjoying your time on land, you can also get on the water and explore the beauty of Loch Tay.

Find Your Dream Holiday Today

Relax in your own luxurious lodge on the shores of Loch Tay. Indulge yourself in natures own Scottish beauty while you surround yourself with stunning highland wilderness and wildlife.