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Historic re-enactors The Glasgow Vikings visited Dumbarton Castle ahead of their performance at The Rock of Ages on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June.


The Glasgow Vikings took to the castle to mark the countdown to this new event. Around 100 historical costumed performers are set to bring different periods, spanning more than ten centuries, of Scottish history to life.

Visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about Viking warfare as the Norse re-enactors depict the 9th Century siege of Dumbarton Castle led by Olaf the White and Ivar Beinlaus.

Over the weekend-long event visitors will also be able to discover more about the castle throughout different periods in history. Costumed performers will take on the roles of Medieval knights, Covenanting soldiers, Jacobites and many more, entertaining and educating visitors through a programme of special live performances and demonstrations.

Lorna Ewan, Head of Visitor Experience, Content and Learning for Historic Scotland, said: “We’re gearing up for what promises to be a fantastic weekend at Dumbarton Castle and Pier Park with our new The Rock of Ages event. With around 100 historical costumed performers spanning more than ten centuries to chartthe castle’s story including the Vikings, the Middle Ages and several of the sieges it witnessed – it’s the perfect opportunity for visitors to discover more about this landmark’s history.”

Glasgow Vikings Leader, Ian Whitehouse, also known as ‘Erik The Tight’, added:

“We’re excited to be bringing the tale of the Viking siege of Dumbarton Castle to life as part of Historic Scotland’s The Rock of Ages event. The Glasgow Vikings strive to give an accurate account of Viking warfare and day to day life, whilst keeping it fun for our audiences, and we’ll be sure to do that at this event.”

Dumbarton Castle’s The Rock of Ages event will take place on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June from 12pm to 4pm, taking place in Pier Park in partnership with West Dunbartonshire Council. Tickets are priced at £9.00 for adults, £7.00 for concessions, £5.00 for children (5-15 years old) and free to under 5s. This event is free for Historic Scotland Members.

A 10% ticket discount is available for bookings made in advance online. To book tickets, please visit: www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/events. Tickets can also be purchased on the day.

The Rock of Ages – Event Programme

Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June 2015

Olaf’s Siege 870 – 12noon

The castle has held out for four months against dreaded Viking leader Olaf the White, but the well is running dry. Will the castle capitulate?

Changing Hands 1297 – 12.30pm

Following the Battle of Stirling Bridge, William Wallace and his army go about reclaiming English held fortresses. Hear how his army re-took Dumbarton, capturing notable prisoners along the way.

Kids’ Army – 1pm

A Medieval army is made up of all abilities and ages, and the King is recruiting! Do you have what it takes? Calling all little knights and ladies to join the Kids’ Army.

James’ Siege 1489 – 2pm

After one failed attempt to take Dumbarton castle from the rebellious Earl of Lennox, James IV summons the mighty bombard Mons Meg from Edinburgh Castle. Hear how this unparalleled weapon secured the stronghold for James.

Cromwell’s Siege 1651 – 2.30pm

Following resounding success at The Battle of Dunbar, Cromwell has ordered Monck’s army to force Scotland to join the Commonwealth. Join the garrison and find out if they will manage to hold on to The Rock against the dreaded army.

Seven Men of Moidart 1745 – 3pm

Volunteers wanted! Recreate the landing of Bonnie Prince Charlie in Scotland. Your little clansmen and women will demonstrate how the Highland clans prepared for war, and made their way towards Dumbarton Castle.

The Last Hurrah! – 3.30pm

Receive the salute of the groups through the day as they make their way to the arena for a massed firepower display and goodbye.

Living History Camps – on throughout the day

Explore over 1,000 years of Dumbarton’s history in the living history camps. Try your hand at Medieval calligraphy and speak to suffragettes. Get up close with the mighty Viking long boat and Special Forces jeeps employed by commandos in WWII.

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