The Iron Age team at the Scottish Crannog Centre is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with a series of wow-factor events perfect for all the family.

Visitors to the unique, iconic thatched roundhouse in Loch Tay will find expert guides in period clothing, exhibits and hands-on ancient skills that bring the past to life. Dress up, try woodworking, textiles and more, and have a go at making fire without matches!

April kick-started our 20th anniversary programme with lively Easter and Beltane celebrations. As Spring rolls on, May is a busy month for our Iron Age team both at home and away.

As 2017 is also Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, our Crannog Crew has been invited to present at several public outreach events. The first two are this month, one at an Archaeology Festival at Langside, Glasgow and another at Drumpellier Country Park in North Lanarkshire. The Glasgow event is on May 13th when we will be joining archaeological teams from the Glasgow area to offer our Iron Age expertise. The second is on May 20th, coinciding with the national Festival of Museums weekend, where we will be helping to launch an exceptional new crannog themed playground complex as part of the Seven Lochs Wetland development project. The innovative timber climbing frames, ramps, nets and jumps are inspired by the design of our very own crannog in Loch Tay. A great way to promote collaboration between regions! There is also at least one crannog in the Seven Lochs area……so watch this space!

Back at home, our own celebrations continue with our Iron Age Ingenuity event on May 28th, promising another fascinating Bank Holiday weekend treat. Showcasing crafts including metalworking, textiles and cooking, the day is sure to inspire admiration for our prehistoric ancestors.

Special themed events run throughout the season but the one not to miss is the biggest: The Celts Are Coming!   This interactive weekend of August 5th-6th features a spectacular living history fair and Iron Age artisan village. Sword-making, iron forging, hide-tanning, cooking and other crafts, plus try paddling a dugout canoe, archery, spear-throwing and more. Simply the best family day out, ever!

Meantime, there are a number of new developments at the Centre, including the ability to Gift Aid donations (in lieu of admission fees) direct to the Scottish Trust for Underwater Archaeology (SC018418), which owns and operates the Scottish Crannog Centre. This tax benefit will contribute to the Trust’s long term sustainability and ultimately further the work of the Trust and enhance the museum exhibition onsite.

Other new developments will be posted on twitter @ScottishCrannog and on the website at www.crannog.co.uk in the News and Visitors’ sections. These will include the ability to purchase tickets online and download new fact files. Visitors can already share reviews and photographs via the website and we hope to promote this activity more widely in the upcoming months.

2017 is going to be a busy year for us all! Parking is limited in Kenmore and opposite the Crannog Centre so why not consider leaving the car at home when you next visit, or get dropped off? It is a lovely stroll to or from Kenmore or further afield. We also have bike racks, offer storage of panniers and helmets and we have a covered picnic area. And with a range of restaurants and activities nearby not to mention stunning views, a ‘go-slow’ in the area is a good idea.

Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology

2017 is Scotland’s year of Heritage and Archaeology, a celebration of Scotland’s people, our distinct culture and traditions, our historic landscapes, attractions, icons, as well as our hidden gems and amazing stories. To find out more visit – https://www.perthcity.co.uk/2017-year-of-history-heritage-and-archaeology/