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Edinburgh Castle Entrance Ticket. Related to items you viewed. The Realm VR. But it has a surprisingly bloody history. Although it is more famous today for its ice cream shops, in the 13th century Largs was the scene of one of the most significant Viking defeats. At the beginning of the 13th century many parts of Scotland were under Norse control, including the small islands of Bute and Cumbrae off the southwest coast as well as the larger Hebridean Islands, then known as Innse Gall.

Norse rule of this part of Scotland had come about as the result of centuries of raids carried out by the Vikings, who sailed there from Norway and Denmark in longboats. The early raids were largely about pillaging and looting and taking home whatever they could, including gold and slaves. Over time trade links were also established and many of the Vikings settled on the islands, bringing their cultures and traditions with them.

Lack of a strong leader in both Norway and Scotland allowed things to carry on in this way until early in the 13th century, when the arrival of new monarchs brought about changes to both countries. Alexander II of Scotland was a powerful ruler whose one ambition was to unite Scotland. In order to achieve this, he set out to regain control of Innse Gall on the west coast, where the Norse settlers had given their allegiance to Norway.

At the same time, the equally ambitious Haakon IV of Norway had the same goal of uniting his own country. Haakon was determined to keep control of Innse Gall, which he considered to be Norse territory. For decades Alexander waged a battle to regain the islands, but had little success.

It was on one of these missions that the king developed a fever and died. Norway had no intention of backing down.

It was becoming an increasingly powerful country and by the second half of the 13th century it had taken control of Greenland and Iceland. But neither did Scotland have any intention of backing down. They proceeded to cross England into Northumbria and captured York, establishing the Viking community of Jorvik, where some settled as farmers and craftsmen. Most of the English kingdoms, being in turmoil, could not stand against the Vikings.

In , Northumbria became the northern kingdom of the coalescing Danelaw , after its conquest by the brothers Halfdan Ragnarsson and Ivar the Boneless, who installed an Englishman, Ecgberht , as a puppet king. Aided by the Great Heathen Army which had already overrun much of England from its base in Jorvik , Bagsecg's forces, and Halfdan's forces through an alliance , the combined Viking forces raided much of England until , when they planned an invasion of Wessex.

On 8 January , Bagsecg was killed at the Battle of Ashdown along with his earls. As a result, many of the Vikings returned to northern England, where Jorvic had become the centre of the Viking kingdom, but Alfred of Wessex managed to keep them out of his country. Alfred and his successors continued to drive back the Viking frontier and take York. This culminated in a full-scale invasion that led to Sweyn being crowned king of England in Sweyn's son, Cnut the Great , won the throne of England in through conquest.

The Viking presence dwindled until , when the invading Norsemen lost their final battle with the English at Stamford Bridge. The death in the battle of King Harald Hardrada of Norway ended any hope of reviving Cnut's North Sea Empire ; it is because of this rather than the Norman conquest that is often taken as the end of the Viking Age. Nineteen days later, the Normans, themselves descended from Norsemen, invaded England and defeated the weakened English army at the Battle of Hastings. The Vikings pillaged monasteries on Ireland's west coast in , and then spread out to cover the rest of the coastline.

The north and east of the island were most affected. During the first 40 years, the raids were conducted by small, mobile Viking groups. By , the groups consisted of large fleets of Viking ships. From , the Vikings began establishing permanent bases at the coasts.

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Dublin was the most significant settlement in the long term. The Irish became accustomed to the Viking presence. In some cases, they became allies and married each other. In , a Viking fleet of about invaded kingdoms on Ireland's northern and eastern coasts. Some believe that the increased number of invaders coincided with Scandinavian leaders' desires to control the profitable raids on the western shores of Ireland.

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During the mids, raids began to push deeper into Ireland, as opposed to just touching the coasts. Navigable waterways made this deeper penetration possible. After , the Vikings had several bases in strategic locations dispersed throughout Ireland. In , a small Viking fleet entered the River Liffey in eastern Ireland. The Vikings set up a base, which the Irish called a longphort. This longphort eventually became Dublin. After this interaction, the Irish experienced Viking forces for about 40 years. The Vikings could sail through on the main river and branch off into different areas of the country.

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Norwegian Vikings and other Scandinavians conducted extensive raids in Ireland. They founded Limerick in , then established Waterford in , founded the only Viking capital city in the world outside the Nordic countries in Dublin , and founded trading ports in Cork in the 9th century.

Predominantly Norwegians, and to a smaller extent other Scandinavians, settled down and intermixed with the Irish. Literature, crafts, and decorative styles in Ireland and Britain reflected West Norse culture. Vikings traded at Irish markets in Dublin and solidified Dublin as an important city. Excavations found imported fabrics from England, Byzantium, Persia, and central Asia. Dublin became so crowded by the 11th century that houses were constructed outside the town walls. One of the last major battles involving Vikings was the Battle of Clontarf on 23 April , in which Vikings fought both for the Irish over-king Brian Boru 's army and for the Viking-led army opposing him.


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Irish and Viking literature depict the Battle of Clontarf as a gathering of this world and the supernatural, including witches, goblins, and demons. A Viking poem portrays the environment as strongly pagan, with chanting Valkyries deciding who would live and who would die. While few records are known, the Vikings are thought to have led their first raids in Scotland on the holy island of Iona in , the year following the raid on the other holy island of Lindisfarne, Northumbria.


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  5. In , a large Norse fleet invaded via the River Tay and River Earn , both of which were highly navigable, and reached into the heart of the Pictish kingdom of Fortriu. After four months, its water supply failed, and the fortress fell. The Vikings are recorded to have transported a vast prey of British, Pictish, and English captives back to Ireland.

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