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Loch Fyne Viking Festival

Did you know Tarbert has a Viking heritage? There are hints around the village and if you take a trip down to the harbour you’ll see our own Viking ship, Freydis, sitting alongside the yachts and cruisers.

Tarbert’s Viking history is celebrated every second year with the Loch Fyne Viking Festival, two days of family fun Viking style! You’ll find archers, swordsmen, musicians and re-enactments who will immerse you in Viking culture.

Tarbert’s Viking association came in 1093 when King Magnus Barfot of Norway was sailing the west coast waters and claiming territories. King Malcolm of Scotland offered King Magnus a settlement where he could have all the islands off the west coast which he could sail around. But when Magnus arrived at Kintyre he decided he wanted this too. So he sailed round three sides of Kintyre and then had his men drag his longship from West to East Loch Tarbert, while he took the helm. Kintyre, therefore, became a mainland island!

The journey from West to East is one of the highlights of every Viking Festival. Join the crowds and watch as Freydis is dragged through the village by Vikings while King Magnus stands onboard. And, new for the 2019 Viking Festival is our children’s portage with young Vikings dragging their own ship and leading the parade.

Come and take part in this year’s festivities, we’ve got lots of come and try events including archery with the fabulous Causeway Archers. And, if you want to get our attention give us a shout of ODIN!

Loch Fyne Viking Festival 2019
Loch Fyne Viking Festival 2017
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