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21 May 2018

Travel back in time with Viking Invasion at Dunstaffnage Castle

Explore Scotland’s fascinating Viking history with Oban event this May

Visitors are invited to travel back in time at Dunstaffnage Castle this weekend (Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May), for its Viking Invasion event.

The re-enactment event encourages visitors to explore Scotland’s fascinating Viking history and find out why Oban was so important during this time.

There will be a living history camp featuring a forge, kitchen, armoury and textiles, giving visitors a glimpse into what was life was like for the Vikings.

As well as watching the warriors show off their impressive sword and axe skills, visitors can view weapons and armour up close and enjoy activities such as flour making, cord making and coin striking.

Dunstaffnage Castle is one of over 70 staffed Historic Scotland attractions managed by Historic Environment Scotland (HES), and is hosting the Viking Invasion event as part of the Scottish Association for Marine Science’s (SAMS) Festival of the Sea. The Festival of the Sea explores what future archaeologists might say about our time and will feature displays from marine scientists and entrepreneurs, exhibitions, and performances of poems, songs and short stories submitted for the festival writing competition.

Laura Gray, Assistant Events Manager at HES, said: “Our Viking Invasion event is perfect for anyone who wants to learn about Scotland’s vibrant Viking history.

“The weekend is jam-packed with fun activities and workshops, and with something for everyone, it promises to be a fantastic day out for the whole family.”

Dr Anuschka Miller, Director of the Ocean Explorer Centre, said: “The Festival of the Sea is an annual celebration of Oban’s marine environment, and I’m delighted that Dunstaffnage Castle will be taking part. I hope that people will join us on the weekend of 26 and 27 May for an event that will be fun and inspiring.”

HES is the lead public body charged with caring for, protecting and promoting the historic environment. SAMS is based at Dunstaffnage and is Scotland’s largest and oldest independent marine science organisation.

Viking Invasion takes place at Dunstaffnage Castle from 12pm - 4pm on Saturday 26 - Sunday 27 May, and is included in the price of admission (£6 for adults, £3 for children or £4.80 for concession). Entry is free for Historic Scotland members.

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Historic Environment Scotland Media Office
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