Vikings invade Dunstaffnage

Glasgow Vikings invade Dunstaffnage Castle

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Hundreds of visitors turned out to see Vikings invade Dunstaffnage Castle at the weekend.

The sun shone and the visitor shop did a roaring trade in swords and shields, with families flocking to the Historic Environment Scotland site on both Saturday and Sunday.

This was a chance to experience what  life would have been like for Norse men and women who landed on Scottish shores around the end of the ninth century.

A day in the life of Mr and Mrs Viking
Vikings clash at Dunstaffnage Castle
Taking aim at the living viking camp at Dunstaffnage Castle


Visitors were able to wander round the reenactment camp to watch warrior clashes, find out how they lived, how they made weapons and their own clothes all those years ago, and how important the sea was to their daily living.

The living history camp featured a forge, kitchen, and armoury. Visitors were also able to enjoy activities such as flour making, cord making and coin striking.

Kit Reid, Head of Experience at Historic Environment Scotland (HES), said: ‘Through our events programme, we hope to bring the stories of Scotland’s past to life for visitors of all ages, and we were delighted to welcome visitors back to Dunstaffnage Castle over the weekend as Vikings descended for the Viking Invasion event.

‘We were particularly pleased with such a great turnout, as over 600 visitors enjoyed exploring the living history camp and witnessing re-enactments as the warriors showed off their impressive sword and axe skills, while discovering more about Oban’s vibrant Viking history.’


Caption: Glasgow Vikings invade Dunstaffnage Castle
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