Crannog, Loch Tay, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on crannogs in general and the reconstructed dwelling on Loch Tay in particular.

The Loch Tay crannog is located at Kenmore, in central Scotland, about eighty miles north of Edinburgh. This is the heart of a visitor experience known as the Scottish Crannog Centre.

Fire place inside Crannog

Crannogs were timber buildings built on wooden stilts or man-made islands and were high status homes for extended families and their (valuable) animals for some 2000 years, from prehistory through to the Iron Age and even into medieval times. Crannogs are widespread in Scotland and Ireland. There are over six hundred recognised crannogs in Scotland alone.

The crannog featured here is a reconstruction based on diligent underwater archaeology at Oakbank on the opposite side of Loch Tay. Tours are available at regular intervals which allow participants to join in some experimental archaeology, such as wool spinning, fire lighting and wood-turning.

Turning wood in the iron-age

Fire lighting