Sunday, 21 December 2008

Winter Solstice at 12:04pm today

The point of Winter Solstice passed about an hour and a half ago. After a rainy start here on Berneray in the Outer Hebrides, the weather improved to reveal a near-clear sky, with some cloud to the south.

Berneray is, by history, a Pagan and Norse island. Sadly, that part of the island's culture and heritage has been lost over time (though is evidenced by numerous stone circles and other archaelogical finds), so the Solstice is not celebrated here.

The view from here, pretty much to the second of the Winter Solstice:


Meanwhile, down in the much-hyped Stonehenge (which is somewhat inferior to nearby Avebury, but never mind), the usual Solstice celebrations and crowds occured this morning. A brace of pictures from people who were there for dawn this morning:

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And so, from here on, daylight hours lengthen. Though in just 26 weeks and 1 day, the nights will start to draw in again...


  1. Really nice Blog . I visited the Outer Hebrides for the first time not long ago, starting at Barra and traveled up to Lewis, fantastic landscape and great people. I will certainly visit again ASP. Just one detail I cant let you get away with saying that Stonehenge is inferior to Avebury! not when you consider the mindset behind its design ...