Friday, 31 January 2014

Magnus the Viking, Largs

I took a trip to Largs yesterday - it was a beautiful day.


This large Viking  sculpture is new and was put in place last year to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Largs which took place here in 1263 between the Scots and the Vikings.  Largs hosts a Viking Festival every year - you can read all about it here.

Made of galvanized steel by David Ogilvie Engineering of Kilmarnock, the sculpture is 16 feet (5 metres) tall.  He's called Magnus and can be found right across the street from the famous Nardini Cafe. 


Love, Liz

13 comments:

Amy at love made my home said...

The sculpture of Magnus is amazing!! xx

Jacqui Wise said...

What a very imposing character! Glad you enjoyed a nice day out.

melanie said...

Looks like a great place to visit :) x

Sara said...

wow, I just think it is amazing that 750-year-old battles are still being commemorated! Magnus must be even more impressive when one is standing in front of him.

Olga Rani said...

On the photos the sculpture doesn't look that large - 5 m! This one is a very impressive Viking.

aspiritofsimplicity said...

How fascinating to walk on land that has so much history.

Patricia said...

The statue looks very impressive and it sounds like a great place to visit. x

jacob O'Hara said...

Magnus is wonderful!. Thank you for showing him to us. We had a very happy holiday in Largs a long time ago. The man who owned the b & b was called Gordon, and he did a highland dance while we ate our breakfast!!

pastcaring said...

Magnus is a very impressive sight! xxx

Wendy said...

Magnus looks an impressive figure. I'm now intrigued by the battle of Largs and am off to read up more on it now!

Braveheart said...

I think Magnus is great!

Anyone interested in the Viking Festival should keep an eye on our website here http://www.largsvikingfestival.com/

sky-blu-pink said...

Magnus, I think, has quite a benign face, and I can't picture him pillaging! Love the Art Deco front of Nardini's!

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

wow, i am loving the metal man. so neat!! ( :