After our trip to Highland Safaris on the Ring of Breadalbane Explorer, our next stop was The Scottish Crannog Centre. A crannog is a stone age dwelling that was built on stilts in lochs throughout Scotland and Ireland. An authentic restruction of a crannog has been built on loch tay.
Our visit began with a guided tour. In my experience the success of a guided tour rests with the tour guide and their knowledge and ability to engage an audience – I didn’t catch the name of our guide but he was excellent. The views onto the loch were stunning and as he spoke about life in the stone age I was transported back.
We stepped over the log walkway and into the crannog, it was warmer and much larger than I expected. The guide talked to us about how the crannog was built and a bit about what life would be like, all three of us were fascinated.
The tour continued with a demonstration of some of the authentic reproductions of the machinery that would have been used to create various parts of the crannog. All the exhibits were interactive so we had good fun trying them out for ourselves. The demonstration I most enjoyed was the guide making fire – it was strangely moving.
Our visit continued with a self guided tour of the crannog exhibition which featured some original beams from the ancient crannog. There were also some dressing up clothes (for adults and kids!) as well as videos of the restruction.
We really enjoyed the whole experience, it was the perfect blend of entertaining but also educational. I would definitely recommend it.
After your visit you can catch the bus again and have some lunch in Aberfeldy, it’s a lovely little village with some nice independent shops – the deli is worth a look, and look at these fantastic Harris Tweed kilt bags I discovered – I was very close to buying one for myself.
Adult tickets for the Breadalbane Explorer are just £9 (instead of £12) throughout October