Largs Pencil - A monument to the Battle of Largs
Largs, North Ayrshire
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 mainland from the west.
Over the next 20 or 30 years they were hounded out of the western isles as well. No offence intended to any Scandinavian cousins reading these pages.
Taken in 2015 under slightly better light.
This crop from the above photo 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.
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.
The entrance is on the south face and about 6 feet off the ground.
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.
It's interesting 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 southwards...
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