Free entry to Rothesay Castle for Viking invasion

Historic Scotland, which looks after Rothesay Castle, is to waive the entry charge to the historic site on Saturday, September 28 for 'By Land and Sea', a day of events commemorating the Viking siege of the castle and the Battle of Largs 750 years ago.

Historic Scotland, which looks after Rothesay Castle, is to waive the entry charge to the historic site on Saturday, September 28 for 'By Land and Sea', a day of events commemorating the Viking siege of the castle and the Battle of Largs 750 years ago.

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The custodians of Rothesay Castle have agreed to waive their normal entry charges on the day of a special event later this month commemorating the 750th anniversary of the Vikings’ most famous Scottish battle.

Historic Scotland will allow the public free entry to the castle on Saturday, September 28 - the day of ‘By Land and Sea’, a day of Viking-themed activities harking back to the Norwegian siege of the castle in 1263, and the Battle of Largs in the same year.

The event is being jointly organised by Historic Scotland and the Friends of Rothesay Castle - who have made a donation to ensure entry to the public is free for the day - and will see an army of Vikings sail into Rothesay on board a longboat, before marching through the town and seizing the castle itself, albeit in a rather more bloodless fashion than the Norwegian efforts of 750 years ago.

More detail on ‘By Land and Sea’ to follow over the next few weeks.