Hope this day finds you well.
Today I would like to give you a very brief snapshot of one of the prettiest sights my eyes have ever had the joy to behold. Loch Tay.
Loch Tay is located in a valley that stretches from the village of Killin (in Stirling) to the village of Kenmore (in Perthshire) in the central Scottish Highlands. The loch is around fifteen miles long and 508 feet deep, making it one of the deepest in the country.
We were fortunate to see Loch Tay in March, before the winter snow had completely melted.
Today, Loch Tay is a popular destination for those who enjoy sailing and other watersports. But some 2,500 years ago (yes, you heard that right), Loch Tay was home to ancient settlers of Scotland.
These earliest people inhabited artificially constructed islands called crannogs. According to Visit Scotland, “There are eighteen crannogs on Loch Tay. Most are now submerged, but a large crannog near the northern shore at Kenmore can be clearly seen. This was the ancient burial place of Queen Sybilla, wife of Alexander, King of Scots.” Anyone else find this fascinating? I only wish I had known about this when we were there!
The Scottish Crannog Centre at Kenmore offers the visitor a unique opportunity to see a reconstruction of this most interesting and ancient Iron Age dwelling. The center offers a museum exhibit containing original artifacts, hands-on demonstrations of ancient crafts and technologies by costumed guides, and hosts a variety of guest artists, musicians, and skilled craftsmen.
I hope if and when you visit Scotland, you’ll make the gorgeous drive into the Highlands to see this little piece of paradise. Oh, and after you’re done at the Crannog Centre, head nine miles SW down the single track road to the Ardeonaig Hotel for lunch (make a reservation). Yum!
Til next time…