Built over 20 years ago, the Crannog was a much-loved structure and museum – praised by locals and tourists alike.
After Friday night’s fire, the community rallied behind the memory of the centre and all good that’s come about from the years of hard work from the team.
Previous visitors took to social media in shock this weekend to share their stories of visiting and how they could help in rebuilding the Crannog.
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 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.”
Recently, the Crannog Centre has been consulting with the community since they’ve been looking at building an expanded £12 million facility on the loch side. (https://www.heartland.scot/news/scottish-crannog-centre-plans-12m-development/)
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.”
Now the just giving page looking to help get the Crannog back up on it’s stilts is aiming to reach £20,000 of support. It’s coming in close to £15,000 already.
Looking back at the fire, local representatives across Highland Perthshire expressed how moving the weekend’s events have been.
Local Highland Ward Councillor John Duff, who is also a Trustee of the Scottish Crannog Centre Trust, commented: “This is devastating news! Mike and his team have worked so hard throughout the pandemic and during the periods of lockdown to prepare for the day when the Crannog Centre could welcome visitors again and everything was going so well since it reopened. The loss of the Crannog is a massive blow, however, no one was hurt thankfully and the museum collection is unscathed. I will be doing everything I can to support the Crannog team as we recover from this terrible setback.”
Highland Perthshire’s representatives also want to help do what they can to help bring back the iconic site.
Perthshire North MSP, John Swinney added: “This is a devastating blow for the local community and all those who worked so hard to make the Crannog Centre one of Scotland’s premier visitor attractions.
“I have worked closely with the management team over a number of years, and have seen first-hand their commitment and passion for improving and promoting the centre.
“It is vital that all involved with the Crannog Centre are offered proper support during this difficult time. I had a routine meeting arranged for Monday with the Crannog and I offer all assistance I can at this difficult time.”
And Murdo Fraser, who represents the Mid Scotland and Fife region, also added: “This is desperately sad news. The Scottish Crannog Centre plays a vital role in educating various groups about this important part of history.
“I can assure the Crannog Centre and local residents that we will explore anything that can be done to help, including whether the Scottish Government can give any assistance.”
A Just Giving page has been set up to assist in raising funds to rebuild the Crannog. To contribute, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/scottishcrannogcentre-fire-fund?utm_term=zKYNgeJz5