Media Release: Scottish Crannog Centre to trial winter opening


THE Scottish Crannog Centre, at Kenmore, has today announced that it will trial its first ever winter opening season as part of the forthcoming WinterWeek+ celebrations which run from 16th – 27th February 2011.

The Scottish Crannog Centre, which is a full-sized replica of an Iron Age crannog, situated on Loch Tay, normally re-opens its doors to the public in the spring.

However, this year, it will take prime position in Kenmore’s WinterWeek+, a cornucopia of events, activities and accommodation offers aimed at the mid winter tourist.

Visitors to the Kenmore area will find around 20 different events and activities suitable for individuals and families.

The Scottish Crannog Centre will be running five of the events at different times over the period, many of which are suitable for people of all ages.

These events include:

• 16.2.11: Nettlecraft Workshop with Danish expert Birte Ford. Spin, weave and crochet your own nettle and wool purse to take home.

• 17.2.11: Living the Iron Age. Live the life of a Crannog extended family from 10am-2pm. Activities include food processing, cooking, eating what you cook, pot-making, chopping firewood, lighting fires, spinning and weaving, spear-throwing. Warm Iron Age clothing provided.

• 18.2.11: Woodworking Workshop with Roy Nowicki 10am – 2pm. Try spoon carving or bowl-making and take home your handiwork.

• 20.2.11: Music in the Crannog. Join the highly acclaimed Loch Tay Steamers from 3.30pm – 5pm for some foot-tapping music in the Crannog around a cosy log fire with our special crannog cake and hot cordial.

• 24.2.11: Storytelling in the Crannog. Join story teller Rejane Vannier from 3:30-4:30pm with our special crannog cake and hot cordial.

In addition, visitors to the area can enjoy a tour of the historical Iron Age Crannog with hot drinks and Iron Age-style cake around the Crannog fire, open daily from 10am.

Director, Barrie Andrian, explained: “We’re delighted to be opening in winter this year as part of the WinterWeek+ celebrations.

“We’ve never opened in winter before; however, numbers of visitors to the area continue to increase and it seems to make perfect sense to open our doors and ensure they see the best of Kenmore while they are here.”

Other activities on offer in the area include winter boat tours on Loch Tay, chocolate making workshops, food tasting events at the Mains of Taymouth Courtyard and accommodation offers at Scotland’s Oldest Inn: The Kenmore Hotel.

For further information about WinterWeek+ and how to book the events, visit

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