Fire-hit roundhouse to be replicated on Loch Tay

Fire-hit roundhouse to be replicated on Loch Tay

Artist's impression of the new development at Dalerb (Image by LDN Architects)

A replica Iron Age wooden crannog is to be built on Loch Tay again following a devastating fire.

The Scottish Crannog Centre has been given the go-ahead to rebuild the Crannog roundhouse and develop a new Iron Age village on the shoreline at Dalerb, over the water from the centre’s existing site, along with a museum and cafe.

More crannogs are expected to appear on the loch in time as the project develops.

Perth & Kinross Council has awarded planning consent to allow the £12 million project to proceed, just over a year since the fire destroyed a replica crannog in just six minutes.

The materials used to build the new museum will come from within walking distance of the site, with reed from the Tay and timber from nearby Drummond Hill.

Museum director Mike Benson said it was hoped to welcome visitors to the new site at the beginning of the next tourist season.

Mr Benson said: “We are doing what the Crannog dwellers 2,500 years ago would have done, thanking our lucky stars no-one was hurt, packing up our treasured belongings, and moving to build a new home, one which has more depth and a deeper sense of belonging in its landscape and community.”

The redevelopment is set to launch new learning in traditional skills and building methods and train a new generation of craftspeople.

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