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Norse of Course - All Things Viking

Updated: Mar 11

The Vikings first invaded the UK 793 AD bringing with them destruction and devastation. Today we celebrate their skills and ingenuity. Here are some of the events you don't want to miss!

Loch Fyne Viking Festival, Inverary ©MDHarding

Norse of Course - All Things Viking

Up Helly Aa

The annual Up Helly Aa Viking Festival takes place in Lerwick, Shetland. One of the northerly Scottish Islands. This is one festival not to be missed! With the almighty Viking squads walking the small quaint streets and the dramatic burning of the traditional Viking long boat. It's a spectacular sight. One that draws in the crowds. Do book your flight or ferry and accommodation in advance to avoid disappointment.

While visiting the area you might like to go and visit some of the places of interest.

Jarl Squad ©MDHarding

Loch Fyne Viking Festival

This year the Loch Fyne Viking Festival took place at several locations along Loch Fyne, and it was a huge success. Inverary set the scene like something out of a movie. The weather was dreich and damp with mist over the loch. Creating the perfect atmosphere for what was about to happen next. From a distance you could hear the ferocious yells and screams, then the mighty 21-foot wooden long boats appeared. Drawing closer till almost at the shore, there was a surge of energy, the Vikings jumped from the boats splashing into the cold murky waters. The crowds that had gathered in anticipation, were not disappointed! There was even a 21st water balloon scuffle. A poor bystander was grabbed traditional Viking style, taken to the water, and given an almighty cold bath.

The rest of the day followed with fun archery lessons, action-packed re-enactments, and teachings of a bygone Viking era with cooking and clothing demonstrations. There were also stalls selling crafts and gifts.

It was a fun day for all the family. Keep your eyes peeled for news on next year's event!

Action-packed festival with the Magnus Vikings.

Largs Viking Festival