SCOTS have expressed their devastation after a much-loved historical site was almost totally destroyed by a huge fire.

The Scottish Crannog Centre, which is also a museum of life in ancient Scotland, burned down on Friday night.

It was engulfed in flames shortly before midnight, with firefighters called out to extinguish the blaze. There were no reports of any injuries.

The tourist attraction stood on stilts on the loch shore in Perthshire.

Artists, politicians, tourism chiefs and heritage leaders have all expressed their heartbreak.

The Crannog Centre's trust has thanked those voicing solidarity and said it is launching an appeal for donations and continuing its efforts to develop a new site on the north shore of the loch.

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Local politicians were among those to back the trust on social media.

SNP MP Peter Wishart wrote: “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.”

MSP and Deputy First Minister John Swinney added: “This is absolutely devastating news. @ScottishCrannog is a centre of such archeological and historical significance and has such an impact on the Breadbane area. I was due to meet the team on Monday and will offer all my support to recover.”

Historic Environment Scotland commented: “Absolutely heartbreaking news this morning. Our thoughts are with our friends at @ScottishCrannog.”

Writer David C Weinczok tweeted: “For those who never visited the Scottish Crannog Centre before it tragically burned down yesterday, this is (part of) what you missed. What these don't convey is the work, passion & warmth of the people who brought @ScottishCrannog to life for so many. They'll need our support.”

Walking guide website walkhighlands also expressed its solidarity.

“Terrible, sad news as the Crannog Centre was destroyed by fire last night. Was such a wonderful attraction and glimpse into the past on Loch Tay,” the comment read.

Poet Jim Mackintosh added: “Hellish news fae Loch Tay this morning. A place of wonderful creativity and inspiration. Surely beauty will rise from the ashes. It must.”

And singer Iona Fyfe wrote: “Heartbroken to hear about the fire at @ScottishCrannog – an incredibly important place for learning about our past, traditions and customs. I was due to play there with @michael_biggins next week – more information when we have it.”