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Largs Pencil
Largs, North Ayrshire
The Pencil, Largs, North Ayrshire, Scotland

The monument was built as a marker for the site of the Battle of Largs in 1263.

The battle was won by the Scots and prevented the Vikings from invading the Scottish mainland from the west. Over the next 20 or 30 years they were hounded out of the western isles as well.

Many people fail to realise that this battle was only fifty years or so before the Wars of Independence involving William Wallace, Robert Bruce etc. Their fathers quite likely fought at Largs and helped drive the Vikings out of Scotland, before turning their swords southwards…


The Pencil, Largs, North Ayrshire, Scotland

Taken under slightly better light.


The Pencil, Largs, North Ayrshire, Scotland

This crop from the above photograph shows that the base of the monument is laid out with markers for the four cardinal points of the compass and the directions in between.


The Pencil, Largs, North Ayrshire, Scotland

Looking from the north towards the yacht haven you can see the new slipway built for competition use.

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


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