LARGS VIKING FESTIVAL. BACK WITH A VENGEANCE IN 2021! The Largs Viking festival is a nine day annual event from the last weekend of August to the first weekend of September centred on the Battle of Largs which took place in 1263. It includes a Living history Viking Village, markets, attractions, music, activities, exhibitions, parades, family entertainments and the finale of the festival of fire. The Vikings leave from the Village in a awe inspiring procession of drums and flaming torches to the site where the Battle of Largs took place, whereupon a replica long ship is set on fire on the beach, followed by a battle re-enactment, fire entertainers and spectacular fire work display. Everything is free except for entry to the Viking Village
Scotland and Norway have had somewhat of a rocky history. The Vikings had dominance over Scotland's Islands for many many years and the Scots were beginning to fight back and under King Alexander III, they began to regain control over and win back some of their Islands. This angered King Haakon IV of Norway, who mustered a fleet of 160 longships and an estimated 15,000 - 20,000 Viking warriors to regain their lost territories. A mighty battle took place and the Vikings were defeated. The last battle which ended 500 years of Norse superiority in Scotland was fought here in Largs in 1263.
The Largs Viking festival was created in 1980 to commemorate and embrace the historical and cultural links between these two great nations and to celebrate our intertwined heritage.
The festival is one of the biggest and longest in Scotland. It has grown over its 40 years bringing thousands of visitors from all over the world to experience the Vikings like never before.
However, its not all about the Vikings (although they do have a great presence in the festival), there are craft and farmers markets, entertainers, music events, a fun fair, spectacular air displays, parades, rowing events, a 40' metal Viking statue, pencil monument and fun activities for all the family. Events change from year to year to keep it fresh and interesting for everyone, however the Viking Village is a staple of the festival and has been "invaded" by many different reenactment societies over the years, and is currently under the dominion of The Swords of Dalriada.
All of this takes place at the end of August/beginning of Sept, located in the seaside town of Largs on the West coast of Scotland, which boasts beautiful views over the Clyde estuary to Cumbrae and Arran. Still to this day, you can look out over the water and imagine the mighty fleet of Longships that sliced their way through the waves towards us.
Please note that we accept school bookings for a 2 hour educational slot, which includes a tour round the Viking Village, and a guided tour at Vikingar Viking visitors centre close by (where there will be an area provided for lunch). To book please phone Vikingar on 01475689777. Also please note that slots fill up early so please call as soon as possible (preferably before the schools break up for the summer holidays).