07 Apr 2016
Largs is a popular holiday destination and is famed for the last mainland battle between the Scots and Norse in 1263 when the Norse King Haakon, attempting to land from a fleet of longboats, was repulsed by the army of Alexander III. Returning to Norway, King Haakon took ill and died in Kirkwall. His death led directly to the 1266 Treaty of Perth when the Norse ceded the Western Isles and Isle of Man to Scotland.
This Viking heritage is celebrated at the annual Viking Festival where the main attraction is a large living history Viking village which is built on the Promenade grass to offer educational opportunities for all. Viking re-enactors occupy the village for the duration of the Festival and entertain and enthral visitors on the Viking way of life - their clothes, weapons, jewellery and food – with Viking traders from Norway, Germany and Ireland. The Village entry fee of £5 for adults and £2 for children and concessions, with under 5s free, gives entry throughout the day so is great value for money if a wristband is bought on arrival. To arrange a school visit, which includes a visit to Vikingar!, Scotland’s Viking experience, please phone 01475 689777.
The Festival runs from 27 August to 4 September and there are events throughout the week for all the family including a Scottish Food and Craft Market; the fabulous owls of Owl Magic; a large funfair and, of course, the Viking village. At weekends there are additional events including aerobatic displays, on-stage entertainment, street performers, dance workshops, children’s activities, Viking skirmishes and much, much more. Please check the Festival website at www.largsvikingfestival.com
If this isn't enough, there are two golf courses, putting, bowls, play parks, a swimming pool and many other sport and leisure activities to keep visitors entertained.