Celebrate the summer solstice in style

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Celebrate the summer solstice in style

Calming swims in glistening seas. Sun-kissed walks in yellow meadows. Cooling summer showers casting rainbows in the sky. Warming campfires flying sparks into the dusk. Ahhh, the magic of spending the summer solstice – our longest day of light – outside. 

Falling on Thursday the 20th of June this year – around about midsummer – the solstice is the longest day and shortest night in our calendar. Celebrated by humans for centuries, solstice literally translates from Latin as the point when the sun ‘stands still’. So, honouring the sun, it can be a great time to pause, take a break, delight in the light and rejuvenate for the year to come. 

Thinking of getting away soon? Here’s a few lesser-known places to get your solstice fix this June… 

 

Castlerigg, Cumbria

A stone circle in Cumbria

Best for: A magical escape in the Lake District

Everyone’s heard of Stonehenge, but have you been to Castlerigg? Feel shivers run down your spine watching the sun appear over this 38-stone circle against a spectacular backdrop. They say the stones were placed over 5,000 years ago to align with sunrise and sunset. Bring a large flask of coffee and lots of snacks because the Lake’s tranquil fells and glorious hills will beckon you to explore after. 

 

Where to stay: Lowther Castle Cottage

A cosy cottage in Cumbria

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When your weary feet are all walked out, escape to the lovely Lowther Castle Cottage, in the nearby village of Penrith. Sink into the cosy sofas, pour yourself a glass of red, and relax…

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Dartmoor National Park, Devon

Haytor walk in Dartmoor

Best for: Getting lost in an ancient landscape

Known for its gorse-covered tors, refreshing swim spots, deep valleys and unusual wildlife, Dartmoor National Park will awaken your senses this solstice. While many gather around Haytor for sun worshipping rituals – a spectacle at dawn and dusk – there’s plenty more remote tors, mystical woods, and ancient ruins to find. Oh, and lots of fabulous pubs to feast in when you’re done. 

 

Where to stay: Rydon

A cosy barn in Dartmoor

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Nestled on the edge of the moor, this magical converted barn will eagerly await your return. Take a dip in the heated pool, then gather around the firepit to make wishes and while away the long summer nights.

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Durness, Scotland

A white sandy beach in the Scottish Highlands

Best for: Soaking up the sun for longer in the Highlands

The further north you go, the more daylight you get. Durness in the Scottish Highlands has an unbelievable 19 hours of sunshine at summer solstice. Bask in the light all day long on the beautiful white sands of Balnakeil beach, or watch the sun’s golden orb slowly fall below the horizon while playing a special round of golf on the local course – at midnight!

 

Where to stay: Cape Wrath Lodge

A hunting lodge in the Scottish Highlands

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Utterly unwind and book a week or two at the epic Cape Wrath Lodge, overlooking the Kyle of Durness. Dine on local fresh oysters al fresco before finding the sauna – the perfect end to your solstice celebrations. 

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Penzance, Cornwall

A bustling harbour in Penzance

Best for: Relaxing in a place bursting with life and light

Escape to Cornwall’s far west this summer solstice and you’ll find sun celebrations everywhere. Golowan is a fabulous, 10-day, arts and culture festival full of bonfires, pagan rituals, performances and parades all rejoicing in the midsummer. But if you’re seeking solitude this solstice, there are plenty of peaceful ways to enjoy the longest day. Pack a picnic and meander along the spectacular, windswept South West Coast Path with its shimmering seas, enchanting scenery, and endless celestial landmarks. Summer heaven.

 

Where to stay: The Bowjy

 Cottage with a view of St Michael's Mount

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Once you’ve seen enough of the gorgeous Cornish countryside, retreat to The Bowjy, a beautiful cottage nestled into a valley just outside of Penzance. With your very own view of St Michael’s Mount, it’s the most idyllic place to salute the sunset.

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Feeling inspired to set off on a summer solstice adventure? Explore our collection of UK holiday cottages and get ready to make the most of the longest day of the year.

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