Connect with the Pagan Past at the Scottish Crannog Centre
Carried along by the tide of humanity, I was swept along the Loch Tay’s shoreline, tumbling into others as the throng came to a halt. The small woman in the cape stood in front of a larger-than-life size wicker effigy of a ram, holding her torch out between herself and the crowd, commanding “Stand back!”
A man in a feathered mask spoke mildly in a Scottish brogue. “Dear, don’t ever wave fire at people!”
I laughed out loud and the spell was broken. I had been so mesmerized by the events unfolding before me that I had been transported in time from the Scottish Crannog Centre's Halloween celebration to an Iron Age pagan ritual.
The Scottish Crannog Centre is an authentic reconstruction of a type of ancient loch-dwelling found throughout Scotland and Ireland, built by the Scottish Trust for Underwater Archaeology. Diving archaeologists have been exploring the crannogs in Loch Tay since 1980. The Crannog Centre reconstruction is based on their excavation results from the 2,500 year old Oakbank Crannog located off the village of Fearnan.
In addition to hosting events and festivals, the Crannog Centre welcomes visitors to see its age-old waterfront condo, and experience demonstrations in ancient crafts like woodturning and wool-spinning.