"Raping and pillaging. Longboats and horned helmets. Beards and ginger hair. Is that all there was to the Vikings?
Certainly the people who came from what is modern-day Scandinavia - Norway, Sweden and Denmark - and travelled to Scotland over 1200 years ago leaving their homes behind them, must have had more about them than a taste for beer and hunks of animal flesh. Yet this is the way many people today think of Vikings."