The Scottish Crannog Centre

The Scottish Crannog Centre

The Scottish Crannog Centre
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Scottish Crannog Centre is reopening its doors bigger and better than ever! Come visit our brand-new Iron Age Village, featuring 7 archeologically inspired buildings crafted from local materials. Our museum features 2,500-year-old underwater discoveries; our Iron Age Interpreters will guide you through life on the loch in 500 BCE; hands-on ancient crafts and technologies. Special events run regularly featuring artists, musicians, skilled craft workers, and other specialists who, together with our team of Iron Age interpreters, actively bring the past to life for adults and children alike. The gift shop offers an excellent selection of books, and our brand-new cafe will serve delicious coffees, soups, and sandwiches. Picnics are welcome! We are a dog-friendly site, so bring the whole family for an unforgettable day out! Last entry for tours is at 4.00 pm. Reopening April 1st 2024 at our new Dalerb site!
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Robyn G
    Texas, Australia2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exceptional experience
    The guided tours with Jess, Dillon, Erin and Rob were fantastic. All guides were very knowledgeable about their special interest section. Dillon was exceptional with his knowledge of textiles, dyes and preparation of the materials. Although the replica crannog was destroyed just 2 years ago, the information contained in the museum and by the guides is fabulous. From Jill at front-of-house to all the guides, this was a fantastic experience. Only sorry we won't be staying for midsummer night.
    Thank you for your review! We will be back again this Spring with our brand new site and we hope to see you there.
    Written 9 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 June 2023
  • LadyProfessorMama
    37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful hands-on experience on lovely Loch Tay
    Our family of four (kids aged 11 and 15) loved our time at the Crannog Centre! Kenmore was a great mid-trip stop on our drive from Inverness to Edinburgh. Rob was our engaging guide through the museum and his love for and knowledge of Scottish archaeology really stood out. The demonstrations on Iron Age pottery, woodworking, textiles, and cookery were informative and hands-on. Loch Tay also provides a beautiful backdrop. Set aside a few hours to enjoy this unique and charming experience!
    We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stop during your road trip and thank you for your review! We hope to see you again once our new site opens this Spring.
    Written 9 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 June 2023
  • Christi K
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highlight of our trip!!!
    Absolutely wonderful and knowledgeable staff created a wonderful experience for us. We wandered in by accident and now I wish we had included it in our trips plans before. So much to see even though the original Crannog had burnt down, they are working on building another on larger site nearby! Surprisingly large museum filled with beautifully preserved prehistoric artifacts as well as a full village that gives you a chance to learn, see, touch, and taste what life was like in the Iron Age. We would love to return all the way from the USA!
    Happy accidents are always the best! Thank you for visiting and happy you enjoyed your time with us. Our new site is opening this Spring and if you are back in Scotland, we would love to welcome you to our new home.
    Written 9 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 June 2023
  • Nichola Siggers
    Nottingham, United Kingdom186 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent if you want to know about how people lived in the Iron Age
    Unfortunately the crannog was burnt down in 2021 and they are in the process of building a new centre across the loch. However, we were still provided with a number of educational talks in the museum and surrounding area for demonstrations. The guides are very informative and some of the artefacts are very interesting
    Thank you for your visit and review. Our new site will be opening this Spring with much excitement and we hope to see you on site again!
    Written 9 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 July 2023
  • Markybug73
    Perth, United Kingdom211 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting trip into Scotland’s past.
    As we were staying across the road at the marina it made sense to buy tickets for the crannog centre. Sadly the replica crannog had been destroyed in a fire a year or so ago, but there is more than plenty exhibits and displays on site to interest a wide variety of visitors. The first part is a guided tour through a small museum exploring the history of crannogs in Scotland. Then outside to about half a dozen manned display area’s where you are shown ( and get to try) various tool making/ clothing construction etc to represent how people lived at the time. It’s interesting wee site and a good way to spend a couple of hours. They are moving to a bigger purpose built site across the loch, with a new crannog too ! Recommended attraction.
    Thank you for your kind review! It's great to hear that your enjoyed your time with us and we hope to welcome you to our new home across the loch later this year.
    Written 10 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 July 2023
  • Jackie
    Holmfirth, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A brilliant morning out. Will be back.
    Engaging tour of the museum, interesting artefacts and knowledge and enthusiastic staff. There was also chance to have a go at some of the crafts carried out by people who lived on the crannog and a puppet show with lots of audience participation. Brilliant value for money, one of the best museums we’ve visited.
    Thank you for visiting and for leaving such a kind review! Our puppets will be back and ready to welcome you to our new site this Spring.
    Written 10 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 July 2023
  • TuTours
    Appleby-in-Westmorland, United Kingdom7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hands on history presented by super enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides.
    Clearly, a lot of love and care goes into this small museum AND there is a new site being built hopefully ready by the end of 2023. I can't wait to get back! We were made to feel so welcome by everyone, the atmosphere is relaxed and informal inviting questions and dialogue. The dogs were greeted warmly. They are not allowed inside the museum collection but a member of staff will look after them while you're getting the tour. I waited outside with our mutts when our group was in and got treated to a complementary cuppa! Awesome place, keep up the good work!
    Thank you for such kind words and we are happy to hear that you enjoyed the time you spent with us! We do love to see dogs on site and will happily give them lots of attention. Our new site is opening in Spring this year and we hope to welcome you and your pups to our new home!
    Written 10 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 July 2023
  • Claire
    Scotland, United Kingdom1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent day out
    Took our primary school age daughter who loved it. Amy, the curator, interacted really well with her on the museum tour and had all the time in the world for her questions. The displays in the ‘village’ were great, very interactive. The site is laid out well and lots to do along with a lovely little beach area. The staff were all really friendly and engaging. We also had our dog with us and we were given clear instruction on what bits were and were not suitable for the dog to come into, he was also given fresh water and lots of attention from staff. The only part dogs can’t go into is the indoor museum area which is completely understandable. Definitely be back to see the new Crannog at the site on the other side of the loch. A real shame the Crannog burnt down but site is still definitely worth a visit and admission and cafe prices are very reasonable, cheap in comparison to most places at the moment.
    We are happy to hear that you and your family really enjoyed your time with us, including your pup! Our new site will be opening this Spring and we hope to see you and your family there.
    Written 10 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 July 2023
  • Linda R
    8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely visit even in the rain
    Really lovely place. Staff really great and friendly. Dog was able to come with us (not in the 30min museum bit but the rest of it) was good fun and the little one enjoyed it. Great place, and will be even better when they have the Crannog back. Bit gutted we didn't great to see that, but still definitely worth a visit!
    Thank you for review! Happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and we hope to welcome you to our new home when the site opens this Spring.
    Written 10 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 July 2023
  • Safari14041811007
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The wonderful Crannog Centre!
    What a spectacular evening! It started with a brief historical overview of crannogs and then moved on to activities in which we learned crafts that would have been used by prehistoric inhabitants of the area. We also learned how to cook a dinner in the way they did, and then ate the dinner ourselves, along the shore of a beautiful lake. Our group of 18 family members, aging from 5 to 79, enjoyed it immensely! A definite must-see!
    Thank you for visiting and we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your evening so much! We are currently building a new site on the other side of the loch and we hope to see you there once we open this Spring.
    Written 10 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 July 2023
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Sue H
Glasgow, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Two hours flew by. Very enthusiastic, informative and engaging staff talking you through iron age highland life. You travel from hut to hut with different experts who talk you through the different ways people ate, built and dressed.
Much more interesting than my review would suggest!
And good non-iron age coffee too.
Will be even better when the crannog is finished in a year or two.
Written 14 June 2024
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Kirkcaldy34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
A brilliant day out at the Crannogs. All the staff very knowledgeable and entertaining. Lovely cafe and dog friendly. Will be back again to see the next phase with the grandchildren
Written 13 June 2024
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Dunoon, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
A memorable and thoroughly enjoyable visit when we had fun and learned a lot about the Iron Age (we are two educators and two historians) . We knew we would have a good time when we had such a warm welcome and the introduction by the charming and enthusiastic guide, who looked so handsome in his Iron Age outfit was the start of a visit we will long remember. The passion of the other guides made the whole expierence come alive. The quality of the reproduction buildings is astonishing - they are things of great beauty made by very skilled craftsmen and women. Seeing them rather than illustrations was incredible. The small museum is very well presented, and the interpretation very helpful. Talking to a staff member in the lovelty cafe helped us understand the extent of this admirable project which is helping young people in such a positive way, and we enjoyed being educated in an unforgettable and fun way. A truly amazing project - an example for any others planning a heritage site. We will be back to see the crannog when it is complete, and wish the team the very best of luck for the future.
Written 10 June 2024
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Robert B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
This was a terrific experience. The staff there are real experts on their subjects not just young people in fancy dress. I saw a lot and learnt a great deal. I would thoroughly recommend this tourist attraction.
Written 10 June 2024
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Heather M
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Their new site is amazing, the buildings are stunning with so much care put in them, and the museum tells so much history. We went on their Iron Age weekend and saw masses - from making meals, tasting mead, blacksmiths, dying wool, weaving, pottery and masses for the kids to enjoy. We'll be back many times. The loch based Crannog is still to be built after they moved sites but the other buildings make up for that
Written 10 June 2024
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Molly
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Such great tour guides, super friendly and excited to tell you about their work. The museum does a great job at adding a human touch and bringing the past to life. On your two hour tour (well worth the money) you get the chance to use the equipment such as the lathe in the woodwork hut. I especially loved the textile section and hearing Mariana's enthusiasm for the subject. A nice activity for couples/families/friends/visitors! Even enjoy a treat in the café afterwards - can be a bit spenny but the best sandwich of my boyfriend's life.
Written 7 June 2024
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You ARE our friend!! If you ever want to join the madness, we are always looking for volunteers :) We are so thrilled with this review, and to hear it was the best sandwich of your boyfriend's life is high praise indeed!! We would love to see you again :)
Written 9 June 2024
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Mike H
Durham, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Visited with a few friends for the morning. Great place with friendly staff and a lovely café. Very knowledgeable staff and tour guides and the village was really interesting to see it was my 1st time. I'll be back in a few years when the new building is complete! Lovely day out for everyone.
Written 3 June 2024
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Thank you so much for leaving a lovely review! We appreciate your feedback so much, and we can't wait to see you again :)
Written 7 June 2024
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Sonia L
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We visited the old site two years ago and have been waiting impatiently for the new site to open, and we were staggered by all the improvements. We loved the old site, but, boy! The new one is incredible! The reproduction huts are beautiful - especially the hazel woven roundhouse - just mesmerising. And the new buildings, housing the museum, shop and cafe were stunning - clever and curvaceous, very pleasing to the eye and sympathetic to the Iron Age replicas. The staff are wonderful, as they were before. Knowledgable, passionate, and so kind - ensuring I always had somewhere to sit (6mnths pregnant), and putting on a puppet show especially for me (I'd got excited by the puppets in the shop!) - huge thanks to Catherine on the front desk for making that happen - you went above and beyond. It really is the most incredible place, built and run by passionate, enthusiastic people, who love sharing their knowledge with you. It is so worth the long drive from the Kintyre for a wonderful day out. Highly, highly recommend. Can't wait to bring our daughter when she's old enough to appreciate it!
Written 2 June 2024
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Thank you so much for leaving such a kind review!! We are absolutely delighted you enjoyed yourselves, and we appreciate your feedback so much. We can't wait to see you again! :)
Written 7 June 2024
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Lisa L
Edinburgh, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Normally our days out with neurodivergent children mean spending vast sums of money and leaving after 15 minutes due to sensory overwhelm/unexpected things happening, but this was totally different. The very helpful staff allowed the kids to look around before we paid to see if they would like it. One of the children was offered a one-to-one session on jewellery-making as the tour would've been too long for her. They also offered a puppet show to the younger children when they became restless. I wish more places could learn from the Crannog Centre, neurodivergent kids miss out on so many activities and this visit showed us what an autism-aware visit can actually look like, and allow everyone to go at their own pace and enjoy the bits that suited them. Some of us stayed for about 5 hours in total, which shows how much there is to do, including the tour, shop, cafe and grounds. We were a group of 3 different families with varying needs and children aged 9 months to 12 years old. The staff were just brilliant. They were so knowledgeable, enthusiastic and helpful! I am emotional just remembering how helpful everyone was, it's just so rare to find places like this! Thank you <3
Written 31 May 2024
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This review means a lot to all of us, we printed it out and talked about it in our morning meetings - this is exactly why we do what we do, and we are just as emotional as you with this feedback! Thank you so much, we hope to see you again soon. :)
Written 7 June 2024
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V Z
Chincoteague Island, VA11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
This was a fantastic place to visit. Very interesting and informative museum and outdoor Iron Age Village.
The staff could not have been nicer or more accommodating!
The cafe had the best locally sourced and made food.
Check out their little gift shop too!
Written 30 May 2024
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Thank you so much for leaving us a lovely review! We are delighted you enjoyed yourselves, and appreciate your feedback greatly. We hope to see you again soon! :)
Written 7 June 2024
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