The Scottish Crannog Centre among Winners announced for the 21st annual Museums + Heritage Awards

The Scottish Crannog Centre has been awarded the Visitor Welcome Award in the Museum and Heritage Awards 2023, on May 10 in London, UK.

The Awards are open to all museums, galleries, archives, and cultural and heritage organisations, both digital and in-person. Entrants are from all areas of the cultural sector; from organisations that connect objects, stories and spaces with audiences and people, as well as the individuals, companies and organisations which support their work.

The Scottish Crannog Centre, an open-air museum on Loch Tay in Scotland that showcases life in the Iron Age, was recognised for its impressively proactive and personalised approach to customer service and accessibility. After losing the Crannog to a fire in June 2021, this award brings national recognition to the museum, and its team, who work hard to make sure every visitor gets the best experience possible.

Mike Benson from The Scottish Crannog Centre said: “We are humbled by the incredible support that we have received, and we would like to thank the whole team for making sure that every person who comes through the door has a great time. It’s always great to be recognised by your peers, and especially to win such a respected national award.”

Anna Preedy, Director of Museums + Heritage Awards commented: “What is particularly wonderful about the Museums + Heritage Awards is the vast and varied range of organisations represented on our shortlist – from large, national museums to small, local heritage organisations and everything in between. The Awards provide a rare opportunity to recognise and celebrate the determined, confident, and creative work of our extraordinary sector and are the ultimate stamp of approval!” The Scottish Crannog Centre is open every day, with tours running from 10am-4pm, bookable online at

They also have a wide range of events running throughout the summer, starting with their Beltane Festival on May 27-29, where visitors will have the opportunity to jump between the Beltane fires, see stone carving, pottery and textiles, make a candle to take home, try the Beltane bannocks with homemade jam and more.

The Visitor Welcome Award is sponsored by Tyg Tickets.