We want your visit to the Centre to be as comfortable as possible. We have therefore added a few hints and tips to aid your preparation and ultimate enjoyment of the Crannog Experience.
We recommend layers which can be shed if you get too warm! Footwear needs to be sturdy and comfortable - access to the Crannog in high-heels or flip-flops is tricky and not advisable. We do have Iron Age style dressing up cloaks in our exhibition area and recommend you take one out to the Crannog house with you as it can feel chilly out there even if it's bright and sunny outside.
Scottish weather is changeable so it's best to prepare for all weather fronts when visiting the Centre. Warm, waterproof clothing and footwear is optimum. Please go to the Met Office for the current weather conditions/forecast.
Schools & Groups Diary
We try to run public tours as often as possible throughout the day to ensure your maximum enjoyment of our Iron Age experience. However, when we have large school groups or coach parties visiting we are unable to run public tours as frequently due to the size of the Crannog and activities area. We will be updating this diary regularly showing when groups are booked to help you plan the best date and time for your visit. Please check our 'Schedule of Bookings - Busy Times' page or telephone to check about your preferred day of visiting.
Parking for the Centre is situated opposite in the Taymouth Marina car park where normally there are plenty of spaces for coaches, mini-buses and cars. However, during the holiday period or when were are holding a special event the car park might be temporarily full when you arrive. If you experience difficulty parking, additional spaces can be found in the villages of Acharn and Kenmore, just a short walk from the Centre.
For those cycling, we have a bicycle rack just outside the Centre's entrance. Also, please also check out the Scottish Cycling App which can be downloaded from the internet and is full of information on cycling routes around Scotland together with information on what to see and do on a cycling holiday.
Bicycle hire is available locally if you wish to give your car a rest and cycle around the area: contact Loch Tay Boating Centre, Kenmore; Escape Route Bike Hire Pitlochry; Comrie Croft Bikes, Crieff and The Killin Outdoor Shop, Killin.
Dogs - The CrannDog Creche
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate dogs on site at the Centre, with the exception of Assistance Dogs.
However, we do have our CrannDog Creche right outside the entrance where your four-legged pal can relax and enjoy some down-time from all the walks, swims and car-rides while you take a tour of the Crannog. A bowl of fresh water is provided for your friend's comfort and you can pop out and check on them whenever you wish. Our front of house staff and guides are all a bit dog-mad so, unless you tell us differently, your buddy will get a lot of attention while they're waiting!
Places to Eat
Whether you're looking for a quick snack or a delicious meal, you will find what you're looking for in Kenmore and the surrounding areas. Eateries in Kenmore include The Courtyard, The Waterside Restaurant at the Kenmore Club, The Kenmore Hotel, Taymouth Marina and the Boating Centre on Kenmore Pier.
There are also many more restaurants and cafes a little further afield in Aberfeldy or Killin. Go to Visit Aberfeldy for details of the many restaurants and cafes in the area.
It is possible for smaller groups to picnic under the canopy at the Centre. For larger groups or if you want to see the Crannog from the other side of the Loch, there is a Forestry Commission picnic site at Dalerb on the A827 road just west of Kenmore where there are picnic benches and toilet facilities. Our staff are happy to direct you if required.
Places to stay
This beautiful part of Highland Perthshire is full of accommodation providers with something for all needs. For further information please go to our Links page for more details.
Why not hire a boat and see Loch Tay from a different angle? Contact Loch Tay Boating Centre, Kenmore; Taymouth Marina, Kenmore; Loch Tay FishnTrips, Killin or give us a call at the Centre and we would be happy to assist where possible. Weather and staffing permitting, you might even be able to hire one of our ancient dugout canoes!
Information about the area
The Scottish Crannog Centre stands proudly in a beautiful part of the world which offers something for everyone. From our doorstep you can admire the sparkling waters of Loch Tay, hire a boat, canoe or raft down the river, take a hike or bike up a mountain track or find a restful path of your own, go fishing, play golf, or sit and take time to breathe in the clean air and just 'be'.
There is more: in addition to local shops and cafes, the award-winning cinema, The Birks, is just 6 miles away, while in less than an hour's drive or bus journey you will find theatres, museums, galleries and music venues. Our welcoming heart of Scotland even boasts its own radio station, so why not tune in to Heartland FM on 97.5FM when you visit?
2017 VisitScotland Year of History Heritage & Archaeology
2017 is the VisitScotland year of History Heritage & Archaeology From World Heritage Sites to ancient monuments, listed buildings to historic battlefields, cultural traditions to our myths, tales and legends, the 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, running from 1 January to 31 December will shine a spotlight on Scotland’s fascinating past, some of our greatest figures, attractions and icons, as well as our hidden gems.