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An ancient Irish dwelling or fort built on an artificial island in a lake or marsh.

[Irish Gaelic crannóg, wooden structure, pole, from Middle Irish crannóc, from Old Irish, from crann, tree.]


(ˈkrænəɡ) or


(Archaeology) an ancient Celtic lake or bog dwelling dating from the late Bronze Age to the 16th century ad, often fortified and used as a refuge
[C19: from Irish Gaelic crannóg, from Old Irish crann tree]


(ˈkræn əg)

also cran•noge


1. (in ancient Ireland and Scotland) a lake dwelling, usu. built on an artificial island.
2. a small, artificial, fortified island constructed in bogs in ancient Scotland and Ireland.
[1850–55; < Irish crannóg]


A dwelling built on a natural or artificial island in a lake or bog by ancient Celtic peoples in Ireland and Scotland. Such sites, often fortified, were chosen because they were easily defended.
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Castle Espie Wetland Centre, near Comber, Co Down, has special storytelling in the Crannog between 1pm and 3pm, facepainting and Karl Mantella's Zoo-2-You Roadshow.
For example Crannog Lodge, on the banks of Scotland's Loch Awe - known for its wild trout.
From York to Whitby, from London to Sutton Hoo, from Edinburgh to Anglesey, and from Hadrian's Wall to Loch Tay, each of his ten walking narratives form free-standing chapters as well as parts of a wider portrait of a Britain of fort and fyrd, crypt and crannog, church and causeway, holy well and memorial stone.
On the same estate they identified remains of what appears to be only the second crannog - a building on stilts - in England and Wales, out in the lake, also New Stone Age and with a radiocarbon date of 2,917 BC.
At the Scottish Crannog Centre, Loch Tay, by Aberfeldy.
Made frae girders The Scottish Crannog Centre at Kenmore (tel 01887 830583, www.
A gentle walk along the shores of the loch brings you to the Crannog centre, a timber round house supported on stilts driven in to the bed of the loch recreating the dwellings that were here thousands of years ago.
JULY 9: Learn metalworking at a Bronze Age event at the Scottish Crannog Centre on Loch Tay, Perthshire.
Crannog Sit on the pier and eat steamed langoustines from the kiosk, which also sells oak-roasted salmon.
A 25-minute drive north-west took us to the Scottish Crannog Centre, situated on Loch Tay near Kenmore.
Arrow heads, pottery and ancient human remains have also been discovered at the crannog - a kind of artificial island - which could date back more than 1,000 years.
Ond y tm mwyaf llwyddiannus, tase chi'n cyfri buddugoliaethau, yw Crannog siwr o fod - ma' nhw 'di ennill bum gwaith falle chwech.