Do you ever wonder how people lived 2500 years ago? Do you ever wish you could travel back in time and walk among your ancestors? Now you can. Sort of. Celts are Coming!, the 2-day festival organised by The Scottish Crannog Centre, allowed guests to learn more about local history through different activities, workshops and storytelling sessions.
Last weekend, August 4th and 5th, tunics and flower crowns were part of the dress code for anyone wandering around Loch Tay. Demonstrations of wood carving, blacksmithing, textiles and leather tanning took place from 10 a.m. onwards. Those wanting to create their own souvenirs of the day had the chance to attend spoon carving, Celtic bag making, and whittling workshops. On the banks of the loch, history enthusiasts could participate in archaeology classes while little adventurers could be taken on logboat trips.
The sunny weather made walking through the huts and tents even more enjoyable, and when hunger struck a wide range of prehistoric food could be found at the café. Mushroom soup anyone? It can be accompanied by a side of freshly baked bread, straight out of a replica of a 2000-year-old oven. Of course, to live in the Iron Age you need to know how to make the most of what nature has to offer. To this purpose, talks on the use of plants and herbs, hunting and just the general history of the site were held in the crannog and in the different huts.
The organisers of the event brought all their passion and skills, making everyone’s day memorable.