Solstice Special at Abriachan

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The summer Solstice goes largely unmarked these days. Join me up at Abriachan forest on the longest day to learn all about the Sun’s standstill and why it resonated so deeply with our ancestors.

Join us at Abriachan Forest to celebrate the longest day with a Solstice evening of anicent astronomy and storytelling.

We’ll kick off with a talk from local astronomer Stephen Mackintosh, learning about solar and lunar time keeping, horizon calendars & henges, seasonal constellations and more. Stephen will also give an overview of June’s night skies, including a feast of planetary opportunities and tips on how to get the best views.

We’ll then step back in time and sample the entertainment of our ancestors, as storyteller and countryside ranger Clelland McCallum recounts an ancient tale around the flames of an open campfire.

A warm welcome from the Abriachan Staff with refreshments to toast the Sun’s standstill.  All ages welcome. Tickets are £6 per person. Children 8 years and younger go free.

Booking essential via Eventbrite.  Ticket link here.

2 thoughts on “Solstice Special at Abriachan

    • Thanks and interesting post from yourself. I like the graphic showing the rate of change of Sun elevation around the solstice. There’s some standing stones up here at Clava that are winter solstice aligned but also ‘appear’ to mark the major and minor lunar standstills. I’ve no idea why ancient farmers would be interested in tracking these but if true it demonstrates a surprising level of astronomical sophistication from our near ancestors.

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