The Scottish Crannog Centre is dedicated to operating and educating in an environmentally responsible manner.
We recycle building and other materials, harvest timber and plants in accordance with sustainable woodland management agreements and we sell eco-friendly products in our giftshop.
We encourage all staff to buy Fair Trade and organic products wherever possible. In addition, we aim to be informed about local amenities and sites of cultural and environmental interest so that we may give useful advice or recommendations to both residents and visitors to the area. As a result of these and other policies, we gained the prestigious GOLD Award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme in Scotland. The scheme promotes best practice and encourages businesses to reduce their impact on the environment. To view thier website, please click here.
We hope to encourage all visitors to share our passion for the environment and do what they can to reduce impacts.
Our Environmental Policy
Statement: Our 'official' environmental statement covers relevant areas of administration, energy use, giftshop ethics and green suppliers, the crannog itself, our activities area, refreshment kiosk, transport issues, waste management, and communication practices. Our Policy can be downloaded below.
We are people people: we work closely with local businesses and individuals especially in joint special events; we promote local producers and craftspeople in our giftshop and cafe, and we like to think we live as responsibly as our ancestors did. We are also members of a number of networks and NGOs that promote both our natural and cultural environment, responsible foraging and woodland management. Why not come and meet us to find out more?
We encourage visitors to take public transport. Details of how to get to the Centre using buses, trains or on a push-bike can be found on our contact page
The ancient crannog dwellers were great users of willow and hazel. For thousands of years these woods used to be coppiced and well-managed in Perthshire, but the practice died out some 30 years ago. As we are also great users of these woods, we already plant willow but we initiated the Perthshire Coppice Project to regenerate or to establish new hazel coppice woodlands in conjunction with local estate owners and woodland organisations. The benefits include improved habitats for wildlife, sustainable products, rural skills training, and job opportunities. If you are interested in supporting this work, please contact us.
We run many themed events which focus on the crannog-dwellers and their interaction with their environment. We showcase a range of plants which were found in our underwater excavations and provide information on their culinary, medicinal and dyeing properties, while food events focus on wild food.
We are proud to be members of Scottish Wild Harvest Association and supporters of Scottish Working Woods, Reforesting Scotland, The Star Tree Project, Tayside Biodiversity and Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust.