Whatever the case may be regarding the battle, King Haakon of Norway went back to his northern base at Orkney, died shortly thereafter and  and three years later Norway ceded the Scottish islands to the Scots king Alexander the 3rd.

Every Scottish child knows that the Vikings were unsuccessful because while attepting a surprise night attack one Viking cried out in pain when he stepped on a thistle, alerting the Scots. Which is why the thistle is the national symbol os Scotland…

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