Loch Fyne Viking Festival was established in 2014 and is growing from strength to strength. Viking themed art, craft and heritage workshops, entertainment, events and activities take place throughout the Spring and Summer months. Scottish, Northern Irish and Scandinavian Viking groups descend by longship upon the fishing village of Tarbert on Loch Fyne, from July 12-14th 2019. New for 2019 is the building of a junior long ship so younger vikings can be involved in the main event, a portage of Viking longship 'Freydis' (built in 2014 for the first festival).
'Freydis' (and the newly built junior longship) will be pulled along by 'Vikings' in a real life reenactment of the famous story of Magnus Barefoot, who in 1085, gained recognition of his rule in the Southern Isles, including Kintyre by attempting to demonstrate that Kintyre was an island (and should be included as part of the peace settlement with rival King Edgar, known as Malcolm), when he sat at the rudder of his ship as it was dragged across the narrow isthmus at Tarbert.
The Loch Fyne Viking Festival is currently establishing as a not-for-profit Social Enterprise with charitable status. All fundraising is used directly for festival costs, and in support of sustainable festival development, events and workshops. Becoming a 'Friend of the Festival' will allow you to receive updates and information about future developments and events. Formal membership will be offered when the charitable status is granted. The festival pulls together hundreds of local and visiting volunteers and attracts tourists from around the country and the world!