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23 May 2017

Vikings bring history to life

Dunstaffnage Castle will be packed with Norsemen and women, offering visitors a fascinating insight into this lesser known part of history in the west of Scotland.

picture of the exterior of Dunstaffnage Castle
Vikings will descend on Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel this weekend (Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 May) for the Traders and Norsemen event.
The castle will be packed with Norsemen and women, offering visitors a fascinating insight into this lesser known part of history in the west of Scotland.
Run by Historic Environment Scotland (HES), visitors will get the chance to have a go at making their very own Viking cord bracelet, Thor’s Hammer out of clay, a Viking coin or even write their name in Viking runes. There will also be the opportunity to play with Viking board games such as Kubbs and Hnefatafl.
The History Bug will be in full effect as visitor’s head to the Living History Camps where they will have the chance to talk with the Vikings and find out all about their life, from what they ate and how they made bows and arrows to how they made their own clothing.
Laura Gray, Assistant Event and Filming Manager at HES, said: “2017, the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, is a special one for all of us here at HES. Across the year we will also celebrate a particular aspect of heritage, history and archaeology each month to highlight Scotland’s diverse historic environment.
The Traders and Norsemen event will provide the opportunity to find out more about this little-known chapter in Scottish and Norse history, how the Vikings came to be here and the impact they had.
“With so much to see and do, it’s set to be a thrilling and unmissable two-day event - you won’t be disappointed!”
HES, Scotland’s lead body for the historic environment, are encouraging families to ‘catch the history bug’ in the themed year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017.
Traders and Norsemen takes place from 12pm-4pm on Saturday 27 - Sunday 28 May, and is included in the price of admission. Entry is free for Historic Scotland members.

About Historic Environment Scotland (HES)

Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017

2017 is the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology (HHA), a year that will celebrate Scotland’s people, our distinct culture and traditions, our historic landscapes, attractions and icons as well as our hidden gems and amazing stories. From World Heritage Sites to ancient monuments, listed buildings to historic battlefields, cultural traditions to our myths, stories and legends, 2017 is the year to explore Scotland’s fascinating past. This is a Scottish Government initiative being led by VisitScotland and a variety of partners.

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Historic Environment Scotland Media Office
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