Recreated Iron Age roundhouse gutted by fire overnight

The Scottish Crannog Centre by Loch Tay went up in flames shortly before midnight on Friday.

Recreated Iron Age roundhouse gutted by fire overnight iStock

A recreated Iron Age house on the shores of Loch Tay has been gutted by a fire which broke out on Friday night.

The Scottish Crannog Centre, which is also a museum of life in ancient Scotland, was hit by a devastating fire overnight.

The Iron Age roundhouse stood on stilts on the loch shore at Kenmore in Perthshire.

Video and pictures posted online by people nearby showed the museum engulfed in flames shortly before midnight.

A spokesman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said it was called to the scene at 11.12pm on Friday, where there was a “well developed” fire.

The fire was extinguished just after midnight and there were no reports of any casualties.

Pete Wishart, MP for Perth and North Perthshire, tweeted: “Simply awful. The internationally renowned Crannog Centre is a huge part of the whole community of Kenmore/Loch Tay.

“So sorry for all involved with the centre who will be really upset this morning. We must rebuild it.”

Last year the Scottish Crannog Centre was one of a number of community projects which shared almost £200,000 in funding as part of Scotland’s Year of Coast and Waters.

The centre was given £18,723 to help repair the walkway and decking surrounding the loch dwelling, as well as creating an outreach project for local schools.

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