The Scottish Crannog Centre

On the banks of Loch Tay close to Aberfeldy in Perthshire, Scotland is a reconstructed iron age dwelling known as a crannog. A crannog is a dwelling built on a partial or entire artificial island in a lake, estuary or river in Scotland and Ireland. Crannogs were used as dwellings from the Neolithic Period to as late as 17th and early 18th century.

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Crannogs are widespread in Ireland with around 1200 examples while in Scotland has 347 officially listed sites. The site at Loch Tay has a wonderfully reconstructed crannog with an informative guided tour to introduce you to life back in the iron age.

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The crannog is built with timber to make piles or stilts which were driven into the bed of the loch to create a platform above the water to support the settlement. The house floor is covered with bracken and ferns and the roof structure woven with hazel branches.

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During the guided tour we were given a lot of detail about how these people lived and traded and shown a variety of wood crafting tools that the occupants used to create cooking and eating utensils and how they would have made fire.

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