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Largs Viking Festival


Every year in August and September, the Scottish town of Largs hosts one of Europe’s premier festivals to celebrate the connection with the Viking clans that the island holds as one of its treasures. Full of ceremony and history, the festival is based on the original battle of Largs of 1263 between the Norwegian clans and Scotland warriors. This battle was the last Viking raid in the United Kingdom.

Sometime in the 1980s, the Viking Festival of Largs was started as a small re-enactment and celebration of the Battle of Largs. The structure known as The Pencil, a monument, marking the battle is where the finale of the festival is held. After the re-enactment of the battle, there is the burning of the longship and fireworks display as the culmination to the festival. Gaining recognition throughout the world, the festival has grown considerably and continues to thrive. Each year a dedicated committee works to organize the many events and displays that the festival holds. Read the full story

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