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Largs Pencil - North Ayrshire

The Pencil, Largs, North Ayrshire, Scotland

Looking from the north towards the yacht haven.

The monument was built as a marker for the site of the Battle of Largs which took place near here in 1263.

The battle was won by the Scots and prevented the Vikings from invading the mainland from the west.

The Pencil, Largs, North Ayrshire, Scotland

Over the next 20 or 30 years the Vikings - led by Haakon Haakonsson, King of Norway - were hounded out of the western isles as well.

No offence intended to any of our Scandinavian cousins reading these pages.

It's interesting that this battle was only fifty years or so before the Wars of Independence involving William Wallace, Robert Bruce etc.

The fathers of those who fought at Bannockburn are quite likely to have fought at Largs and helped drive the Vikings out of Scotland, before turning southwards to face the Auld Enemy...

The Pencil, Largs, North Ayrshire, Scotland

This was taken on a day with dappled light, approaching high tide.

The Pencil, Largs, North Ayrshire, Scotland

The base is laid out with markers for the four cardinal points of the compass.

The monument was built in 1912, so it took them a long time to get round to it.

Nearly 650 years after the event seems a little tardy.

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