Monday 31 July 2017

Scottish Crannog Centre

The Celts are Coming!

Plus one.
I'll be up at the wonderfull Scottish Crannog Centre on the weekend of the 5th - 6th August demonstrating spoon and Kuksa carving using three Nordic style tools.

Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August 2017

The Summer event not to be missed is The Celts are Coming! The Centre's first living history extravaganza on 5th and 6th August will be held at the Forestry Commission picnic site at Dalerb, Kenmore and at the Scottish Crannog Centre.

Brimming with fascinating and unique activities for all ages and featuring artisans showcasing prehistoric crafts!

A unique, interactive prehistoric extravaganza!

Discover the Iron Age at our spectacular Celts are Coming! Living History Fair and Iron Age Artisan Village.

With something for all the family, join us to find out how our ancestors made the most of their surroundings in this unique and interactive event.

Taking place on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August at the Forestry Commission's lochside picnic site at Dalerb, Kenmore and at The Scottish Crannog Centre, South Loch Tay Road, Kenmore.
The event commences at 10.30 a.m. and runs to 4.30 p.m. both days.

Purchase Tickets in Advance Here
Take the Iron Age Trail between The Scottish Crannog Centre and Dalerb!

With every combi-ticket which provides entry to both venues, collect your free Explorer PastPort.

Fill your 'PastPort' with a sticker from each activity station (you will need a minimum of 4 from each venue). When you collect all 8 stickers, you will be awarded your Celts are Coming! Explorer Certificate.

This award is the first level in Scotland's Heritage Heroes Programme for families and young people.
What's on at Dalerb!

Expert craftsmen and women will be assembling from far and wide to demonstrate dynamic Iron and Bronze Age crafts and skills at the Dalerb site.

Wow-Factor activities include: Bronze-Sword-Making; Smelting Iron in a Clay Furnace; Hide-Scraping and Tanning; Leather-working; Building and Firing Clay-Pots; Textile Crafts rendering rich colours from native plants; Prehistoric Cooking; Celtic Garden Display; Basketry and more!

The Iron Smelting Furnace in action!

* We're waiting for news of more artisan workers who might join us so please check back regularly for updates!
For The Children!
Dress like a Celt and be transported into the Iron Age!

Wee-Enactors Tent!

Full of Iron Age activities and fun for little Loch-Dwellers!

Would you be able to catch your next meal?

Try your hand at archery and spear-throwing!

Fishing or Trading?

Paddle into the Iron Age in our unique dug-out canoes!

Are you the Champion?

We're looking for an Iron Age hero in our IRON AGE GAMES!

See how you fare running in the Loch; test your strength in the Tug-O-WaterWar and reveal your talent for Trout-Tossing!

List of Demonstrators at Dalerb!

Bronze Craft: Master prehistoric sword-maker

Potter and experimental archaeologist

Iron-Worker and bladesmith; Prehistoric furnace and forging

Hide-Tanning specialist

Prehistoric and historic cooking demonstrations

Prehistoric and historic blacksmithing

Celtic and Nordic Leatherwork: demonstrations and sales

Textiles, Dyeing, Weaving and Re-enactment

Pro Natura Breadalbane
Celtic Garden; Horticulturalist; Plants/Herbs for sale

Food and Refreshments!


You will work up an appetite wandering our Artisan Village around the Lochside and a Wild Boar Roll might just do the trick! The delicious, mouth-watering aroma will lead you instinctively to the Hog Roast where we've made it easy for you to purchase your meal rather than having to hunt for it!

Teas, coffees, soft drinks together with sandwiches and snacks will be for sale too if you need an accompaniement or alternative to the Wild Boar Rolls!

Additional Information for Dalerb!

INFORMATION STATION: Find out more about Archaeology, Living History, Ancient Crafts and Opportunities to Volunteer at The Scottish Crannog Centre.

The VisitScotland Coo-Visors together with their Highland Coo-Van will be on site to provide information about the most amazing destination in the world - Scotland!




DOGS: Well-behaved dogs are allowed at the Dalerb site provided they are on leads at all times

DISABLED ACCESS: Dalerb is wheelchair accessible but over grass and soft ground - please check weather conditions

CREDIT CARDS: Credit cards cannot be accepted at the Dalerb site - sorry.

WEATHER: We are in Scotland so let's face it, we can have all weather-fronts in just one day! Please ensure you have waterproofs and sturdy footwear with you - layers are always recommended.

FORWARD PLAN - BRING EXTRA CLOTHING: If you are coming along to take part in some of the activities you will get wet! It's essential therefore to bring some additional clothing and footwear to change into.

Buy your Tickets On-Line!

Purchase your tickets on-line in advance to avoid queuing! Please note that we are unable to process credit/debit card payments at Dalerb.

Why not make a day of it and save by buying combination tickets for both Dalerb and The Scottish Crannog Centre representing a great discount!
Purchase Tickets in Advance Here

What's on at The Scottish Crannog Centre!

Ever seen 2,500 year-old cut marks in wood?

Visit our exhibition to see some of the original 2,500 year-old artefacts recovered from Oakbank Crannog in Loch Tay.

Take a moment in the atmospheric Crannog and imagine life in the Iron Age

Sit beside a cozy log-fire and drift back 2,500 years in time.

Watch our expert guides, then have a go yourself!

Demonstrations of ancient crafts and technologies followed by hands-on interaction: Wood-turning; Stone-Drilling and Pecking; Drop-Spinning; Grain-Grinding and the Magical Fire-making by friction!

Dress like a Celt and really get into the spirit of life on the Loch!

We have Iron Age style cloaks, tunics and hats to help you step back 2,500 years.

Our ancestors also knew that there was nothing quite like the smell of freshly baked bread!

Clay oven bread-baking demonstrations and tasters.

Hands-on Tin-Casting and Jewellery-making!

Watch our guide melt tin over an open-fire and pour it into a mould you have made.

Wood-working demonstrations using replica Iron Age tools!

The Loch-dwellers had to make their own tools to build their homes - watch how it's done!

Spin a yarn or weave a tangled web! Try our giant Knitting Nancy; Rope-Plait toss and more in our textiles shelter!

Life on the Crannog meant you had to make everything yourself - including rope, mesh and clothing.

Additional Information for The Scottish Crannog Centre Site!

DOGS: We're really sorry but dogs are not permitted into the Scottish Crannog Centre site but we do have a lovely Doggy-Creche just outside our entrance where your four-legged pal can sit and wait for you. Water, shade and lots of photo opportunities guaranteed!

KIOSK-CAFE: - Serving coffee, teas, nibbles and 'themed' soft drinks. Enjoy your drink sitting on tree trunks crafted into chairs and tables in our outdoor cafe shelter - completely different from the modern coffee experience!

PARKING: Parking for visitors is available opposite the Centre in Taymouth Marina car park.

GIFTSHOP: Stocked with fantastic gifts for everyone. Plus, for those of you who made fire, dont forget your 'I Made Fire at the Scottish Crannog Centre' mug as a permanent reminder!

DISABILITIES: We welcome all visitors to the Centre, however, we are unable to get mobility scooters out onto the Crannog Roundhouse due to the nature of its construction - sorry. Push-along wheelchairs can be taken out to the house providing they are pulled backwards. We do not recommend those with spinal injuries attempt to go out to the Roundhouse. Our staff are very happy to help when possible so please ask when arriving at the Centre. The on-shore site is a combination of gravel, decking and wood-chip.

We've tried hard to think of everything you might need to know about the event but if you have a question we haven't covered here, please email at or call +44(0)1887 830583.

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