Vikings invade Dunstaffnage Castle

Even vikings like to pose for a photograph. 17_T22_Vikings05

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Not even the rain could stop vikings from invading Dunstaffage Castle on Saturday.

From noon until 4pm, the castle was once again under Norse rule.

Those who braved the weather were transported into a viking village, positioned just outside the castle.

There were battles in the field, weapon displays, jewellery, net, and bread making workshops, and a smell of campfires and soup surrounded the encampment.

Gale Bowden, who was better known as Thogunna on the day, said: ‘We are the Glasgow Vikings. Basically, the castle here has been a defensive rock since almost time began, but during the period of the vikings, this area was under Norse rule until 1266, so there is a lot of viking history.

‘We are here to commemorate the viking influence in Argyll. We bring history to life – it is better than reading it in history books.

‘The turnout has been really good, despite slightly miserable weather. We have been delighted and everyone that has come has been brilliant and asked really good questions.’