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I recently showed you a picture of the little church at Amulree in Perthshire. If you follow the narrow road northeast from Amulree, you drive up Glen Quaich and on your eastern side lies this small loch, Loch Freuchie. This picture was taken looking in a southeasterly direction back towards the tiny settlement of Amulree.

Loch Freuchie is a beautiful little loch and is prized by fishermen for its trout fishing. But is is also less well known for having its very own "Crannog" which you can just see in this picture! What now remains of this "crannog" is the tiny little island with a few trees, very near the shore just to the left of centre of the picture.

A crannog (Irish: crannóg; Scottish Gaelic: crannag) is typically a partially or entirely artificial island bearing some sort of dwelling upon it, usually built in lakes, rivers and estuarine waters of Scotland and Ireland. Unlike the prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps which were built on the shores and were only inundated later on, crannogs were built in the water, thus forming artificial islands.

Crannogs were used as defensive dwellings over five millennia from the European Neolithic Period to as late as the 17th/early 18th century although in Scotland convincing evidence for Early and Middle Bronze Age or Norse Period use is not currently present in the archaeological record.

Crannogs appear to have been built on small artificial islands built of rocks or else multiple timber legs, following which a simple flooring of timber would be built and then a simple wooden dwelling-house.

All that now remains of the Loch Freuchie crannog is just what you can see in this picture - a tiny island with some trees and vegetation - but historians, enthusiasts and archaeologists have found evidence of many more in nearby Loch Tay where they have even built a recontructed crannog which you can visit at the Scottish Crannog Centre. You can see a photograph of the Loch Tay reconstructed crannog here. You can also see a little video about crannogs on the BBC website here.

You can also see from where I took this picture if you click on Map: view and, if you wish, you can look at this map and, if you drag the little yellow man down to the red cross and pan to the southeast, you can see this crannog and also follow the road and the loch back towards Amulree.

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Additional Photos by John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1927 W: 427 N: 7230] (29026)
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