Loch Fyne viking festival secures funding

Loch Fyne Viking Festival takes place on the weekend of July 13 and 14.

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The Loch Fyne Viking Festival has secured support from UnLtd, the UK’s foundation for social entrepreneurs. The funding and tailored package of support from UnLtd will help the organisation make lasting social change in the community.

First held in 2014, the Loch Fyne Viking Festival is a celebration of Tarbert’s Viking heritage with re-enactments, Viking themed workshops and entertainment aimed at every age range.

This year’s festival runs from July 13-14 in Tarbert.

As Vikings roamed the seas off the west coast of Scotland in the 11th century, Scotland’s King Malcolm signed a treaty allowing Scandinavian King Magnus Barfot to claim any island he could sail around. When it came to Kintyre, after sailing round three sides of the peninsula, Magnus sat at the rudder of his longship while his crew pulled it overland, across the isthmus from West Loch to East Loch thus declaring it an island. The highlight of every Loch Fyne Viking Festival sees Tarbert’s own Viking longship, Freydis, pulled through the village by Vikings from Scotland, Scandinavia and Northern Ireland as homage to Magnus Barfot.
New for 2019, the main portage through the village will be joined by a children’s portage as young people pull their own Viking longship through the village.

Nas Morley, UnLtd Director of Partnerships and Influence, underlined the importance of the expertise and support on offer and said: ‘Enterprising people are at the heart of so much positive change across the UK, so it’s wonderful for UnLtd to be able to provide support for this social venture. We hope that our tailored package of support will help to develop many more sustainable businesses that will deliver lasting social impact. We’re living in particularly challenging times, so some of these ideas and innovations are urgently needed.’

One of Tarbert Viking Festival founders, Hans Kok welcomed the funding from UnLtd saying: ‘We are delighted to have received this support from UnLtd. Tarbert Viking Festival is one of the most popular events on the summer calendar, attracting visitors from across Scotland and beyond to come and take part in two days of Viking fun.

‘While the festival has always been about a great weekend of entertainment and fun, there is a serious historical aspect too. UnLtd’s support means we can again invest in expertise from our Viking friends in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Scandinavia.

For more information about the festival, visit www.lochfynevikingfestival.com