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Dumbarton Castle to host Viking-themed festival this weekend

Fans of all things Norse in Scotland will have the chance to take in performances and family-friendly activities this weekend when Dumbarton Castle hosts the Rock of Ages festival.

The event will recreate the rich history of Scotland’s west coast – from the Roman Age through to the Second World War. Now in its fifth year, The Rock of Ages will focus on the Vikings, celebrating Norse heritage and exploring how the Vikings’ influence continues today.

Dumbarton Castle is one of Scotland’s oldest strongholds and has a long and varied history, including a ninth-century siege that will be re-enacted during the festival. Visitors can also meet historical figures, from Mary Queen of Scots and even Robert the Bruce. They also can get hands-on with medieval activities such as armoury, heraldry and calligraphy.

“We are all gearing up for this fantastic weekend which will encourage locals and visitors alike to explore and celebrate the fascinating history of Scotland’s west coast,” said Laura Gray, Assistant Events Manager for Historic Environmental Scotland. “The Rock of Ages offers a fun day out for the whole family with historical re-enactments and various have-a-go activities. Where better than to enjoy the action-packed arena performances than in the shadow of Dumbarton Rock?”

The Rock of Ages takes place at Dumbarton Castle from 12 noon–4pm on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June. Entry is free for Historic Scotland members. Click here for more details.

Top Image: Photo courtesy Historic Environmental Scotland

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