Bute plays host to ‘Real Vikings’ TV team

Anne Speirs and Jean McMillan share the story of the Inchmarnock 'Hostage Stone' with Dr Clare Downey for a History Channel Canada documentary.
Anne Speirs and Jean McMillan share the story of the Inchmarnock 'Hostage Stone' with Dr Clare Downey for a History Channel Canada documentary.

A film crew from the History Channel in Canada visited Bute this week to find out more about the island’s links with the Vikings.

The crew, who were in Scotland to film for an episode of The Real Vikings - a factual documentary inspired by the historica drama Vikings, created for the North American TV market but also available in the UK through the LoveFilm and Amazon streaming services.

The crew, joined by Viking expert Dr Clare Downham from the University of Liverpool, spent much of Sunday with Bute Museum’s curator Anne Speirs and archivist Jean McMillan, looking at the Museum’s Viking collection, including the Hostage Stone, unearthed during a major archaeological dig on Inchmarnock and regarded as an artefact of international significance.

* Find out more about the TV crew’s Bute visit - and their impressions of the island - in this week’s issue of The Buteman, on sale from Thursday, November 26.