Friday, 19 August 2011

Kenmore Kirk - 4

For those more interested in the hills than the lochs, Kenmore is superbly located, offering convenient access to Glen Lyon, to the hills of Breadalbane and, north, to Schiehallion and beyond. Readily visible from the lochside at Kenmore is Ben Lawers, towering over the north side of Loch Tay, and falling only marginally short of the magic 4000ft mark.

Just out of the village along the south Loch Tay road, is the Scottish Crannog Centre. The key exhibit is an authentic reconstruction of a Bronze Age defensive house - a crannog - perched above the loch on stilts. Crannogs, from the Gaelic word crann, meaning tree, were built on an artificial rock island with timber posts and struts supporting a hut above high-water level. They were to be found on many lochs, including Loch Awe and Loch Earn as well as Loch Tay, from prehistoric times up to the 1700s.

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