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Home / News / Scottish Iron Age logboat 'Dobhran' crosses the Forth, Sun 2 October
Home / News / Scottish Iron Age logboat 'Dobhran' crosses the Forth, Sun 2 October

Scottish Iron Age logboat 'Dobhran' crosses the Forth, Sun 2 October

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Published 13:24 on 4 Oct 2022

Granton's very own hand-carved 9-meter-long Scottish Iron Age logboat 'Dobhran' successfully crossed the Firth of Forth, from Granton Harbour to Blackness Bay, Kinghorn, on Sunday 2 October, under Force 4, 13-19 mph wind.

The team comprised of members of the School of Ancient Crafts, Granton:Hub and the Forth Canoe Club. Tools onboard were a set of oars, elbow grease and a bucket.

The original project had to extended by a few years, first due to the Covid pandemic but then storm Arwen hit in November last year, leaving the side of the boat severely damaged. 'Dobhran' is a replica of the 2000 year old Loch Arthur logboat (kept at the National Museum of Scotland, in Chambers Street, Edinburgh). She was made by the local community, using traditional tools and eventually also repaired, using iron age technology.

The team is delighted that this is not the end for 'Dobhran'. They have been in contact with the Crannog Centre on Loch Tay, who are very happy to have become the new owners of the logboat. Visitors to the Crannog Centre will be able to enjoy the boat in its historical context.

The project would not have been possible without the funders and sponsors: The Heritage Lottery Fund, The Forestry Commission Scotland, The School of Ancient Crafts, Granton:Hub, Forth Canoe Club and many volunteers across Edinburgh and Fife.

Romain Viguier

Congratulations to Romain for championing this project. We are also delighted to shortly welcome Romain as a new member of the Royal Forth Yacht Club.

Take a look at their film of the crossing on facebook: https://fb.watch/fXX5gDZlKX/

Image captions:

Starting in Granton Harbour

Leaving Granton Harbour, Sunday 2nd Oct, 08:47

Passing Inchkeith, 09:35

Landing at Blackness Bay, Kinghorn, Sunday 2nd Oct, 15:03

Last updated 14:31 on 15 November 2022

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