The Scottish Crannog Centre, EXARC member since 2003 and a hugely popular tourist attraction and education base, was consumed by flames on Friday night (11 June). It is with a very heavy heart that the Scottish Crannog Centre Trust has to report the devastating news that the iconic reconstruction of an Iron Age crannog at its popular museum and visitor attraction was destroyed by fire.
Mike Benson, Director of the Crannog Centre, said:
“The outpouring of support from the local community and friends from further afield has been tremendous at this difficult time and the Crannog Community would like to thank everyone for their heartfelt messages. The loss of the Crannog is devastating but, importantly, the Museum Collection is intact and no-one has been hurt. We would also like to thank the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Police Scotland for their instant response to the emergency and their faultless efforts in tackling the blaze and keeping everyone safe in the local vicinity.”
Nicholas Grant, Chair of Trustees, said:
“This is a hugely distressing blow to all our friends, visitors, and members of the Trust who have so ably supported us in the past. But we are now even more determined to double-down on all our efforts in the development of the new Crannog Centre already in planning on the north shore of the loch at Dalerb. Later today we will launch a Financial Appeal for all those to whom the Crannog has meant so much in the past and whom we know will wish to contribute to the renewal of this unique part of Scottish history.”
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