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Arrochar Primary School visited the Vikingar centre in Largs in September, to coincide with the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Largs.

In 1263 King Hakon sent forty ships up Loch Long to meet up with Magnus, King of Man. The Vikings pulled their ships out of the water and dragged them across the land to Loch Lomond, from where they sailed south to raid the settlements around the loch. After that, they rejoined the main fleet, and Hakon and his troops met with the Scots in the Battle of Largs.

The result was inconclusive, but Hakon retreated to Orkney after the battle, where he died the following winter. The fact that the Vikings dragged their boat across the isthmus from Arrochar to Tarbet is recounted in The Saga of Haakon Haakonarson by Sturla Thortharson c. 1265. 

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