True Highlands Blog
The Winter Solstice falls on the 21st of December. In the northern hemisphere, this date marks the turning point of the season, the shortest day and the longest night. Nowadays at this time of year it is normal that people’s attention turns to celebrating Christmas, however, the ritual and history surrounding the solstice in this country and all over Europe, predate the arrival of Christianity by thousands of years and many festive celebrations have been adapted from much earlier traditions.
Scottish history comes in many forms. There are our mountains, which tell our geological history, our monuments to those fallen in battle and our great buildings. But some of the most curious and forgotten tales of Scottish history emanate from beneath the ground.
The iconic image of Stonehenge is famous the world over. There is no doubting it is an impressive sight, but the fact that English Heritage have turned the visitor experience into something akin to a theme park, (with a price to match) where you still can’t get close to the stones themselves, has led to a resurgence of interest in Scottish alternatives.