|1 Sep 2018||9 Sep 2018||Traditional Festival|
Largs Viking Festival is an annual festival which marks the 1263 Battle of Largs, the last mainland battle between the Scots and Norse.
Largs Viking Festival 2018
Since 1981 in the autumn, the small town or Largs hosts this festival. It is founded to encourage tourism and also to celebrate this important historical battle.
The festival is organized by 10 local volunteers who were dedicated to preserving the Viking historical links with Largs. The festival contributes to the local economy and helping to develop the towns cultural links.
The King of Norway during 1263 (Haakon Haakonarson), sailed at the head of a massive fleet intending to teach Scottish kingdom a lesson and reassert Viking sovereignty over the west coast of Scotland.
The saga described the Norwegian campaign as a triumph. In reality, the campaign had not achieved anything. Haakon simply sailed to Orkney to overwinter his forces. Then he unexpectedly fell ill and died there before he had the chance to resume invasion.
During the festival, there are various craft and food stalls, unique street performances and various entertainment events including musicians and dancers.
Video: Largs Viking Festival 2017