We are now nearly at the turning point of the year: the Midwinter Solstice. It marks for us in Orkney the end of the long dark nights when the days will be lengthening. This must have been even more important for our ancestors, the ancient farmers of Orkney who would have celebrated this time of year at the Stones of Stenness.
Celebrations still take place there and on Saturday 23 December at 2pm you can join with Spiritual Orkney who will be leading the festivities.
Another place to visit, if you can, is Maeshowe Chambered Tomb nearby which lights up inside with the setting of the sun.
Maeshowe is managed by Historic Environment Scotland and you must book in advance to go on a guided tour of the tomb. The midwinter tours are very popular so book early if you are intending a visit.
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