Plans for Scotland’s new £12million Crannog center have been submitted to Perth and Kinross council.
The Scottish Crannog Center Trust hopes the attraction will be “Scotland’s most sustainable museum” and bring “many more jobs, opportunities and visitors to Highland Perthshire”.
A devastating fire in June 2021 accelerated the need for the planned development across Loch Tay.
The fire destroyed the recreated Iron Age house on the shores of Loch Tay in Kenmore.
The move to a new site in Dalerb would see the creation of a new Crannog Scottish Centre. The tourist attraction would include an Iron Age village with demonstration structures, a roundhouse, a crannog (possibly three), trails, parking, as well as a visitor center with a shop, exhibit, cafe, education and offices. The sanitary block would be extended to include an accessible shower and a centralized technical room.
As they have for nearly three decades, visitors would learn how the people of crannog lived on Loch Tay when they were there 2,500 years ago.
The current site is described as being “overwhelmed” by the expanding neighboring resort. The design statement submitted to Perth and Kinross Council says the move to Dalerb – directly across the water – “will allow the museum to realize its full potential at the new site”.
Plans for the new center were submitted to Perth and Kinross Council this month by LDN Architects LLP. Members of the public have until June 10 to comment on the application.
The center’s vision is to be a “national treasure admired by all, with social justice at its heart”.
In a statement on the attraction’s website, Scottish Crannog Center Trust chairman Nicholas Grant said: “We aim to be Scotland’s most sustainable museum, a national treasure admired by all with social justice. firmly at our heart We will be a center of world-class learning, social action, research and education, attracting new interest from across Britain, Ireland and beyond, honoring the history of our predecessors and Scotland’s national heritage. In total, this will be a £12 million program paving the way for many more jobs, opportunities and visitors to Highland Perthshire.”
The ambitious plan is for the first phase of Dalerb’s development to be open to the public by next spring.
The Scottish Crannog Center Trust is committed to working with the community as plans progress.
Mr Grant added: “We are fully committed to maintaining public access to Dalerb Loch and Picnic Area and look forward to working sustainably in our natural surroundings and with consideration with everyone. locally. I look forward to your questions and your active participation. We have an exciting time ahead of us working together to achieve these goals and to really put Kenmore on the map of Scottish Iron Age history!”
The planning application now belongs to Perth and Kinross Council – which, along with the Scottish Government and others – has already provided financial support for the development.
Mike Benson – director of the Scottish Crannog Center – told the Local Democracy Reporting Service: “We have been humbled by all the support we have received.”