Stargazing can provide mental perspective and wellbeing. Problems we’ve amplified in our heads can seem much less important under the amazing canopy of the night sky.
Here’s some interesting stats to think about.
1. The average person in Scotland spends less than 30 minutes a day outdoors.
2. This equates to over 50 years of an average person’s life spent indoors.
This despite growing levels of stress, anxiety and depression.
Yet one of the best, and absolutely free, ways to alleviate stress and anxiety is being in nature, and stargazing gives us that little bit of extra motivation to head outside, especially during the long periods of darkness we experience over winter in Scotland.
Even if you don’t see anything, packing your binoculars and heading out for an evening stroll under open skies is almost never a waste of time. At the very least you get some exercise, and if you’re lucky, a beautiful night sky to gaze up at.
Come and join us for an outdoor walk and talk to the Sheilings above Loch Ness. Learn about summer plant lore and old dairying activities from Abriachan’s Suzann and Christine as we walk up the hill.
Once we reach the Shieling local astronomer Stephen Mackintosh will give a talk on ancient astronomy and how many cultures would mark the solstices in days gone by.
Some traditional refreshments will be available at the top after the walk (30 mins uphill).
Meet: Friday 21st June after the Abriachan Highland Games at 8.30pm.
Park at the fank carpark NH559348. For detailed directions please advance email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01463 861236. All ages welcome.
Tickets available via Eventbrite.
Due to the outdoor nature of this event it may be cancelled due to very poor weather. Please check the ‘Abriachan Community ‘or ‘Highland Astronomy’ Facebook pages for details on the day. This event is part of the Star Stories Astronomy and Storytelling programme, part funded by the STFC (Science and Technology Facilities Council).
Event image rights: Karl Normington.