Summer Solstice 21 June 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016, 3:03pm

Orkney summer days are long, with almost continual daylight. This is due to the high latitude of Orkney. Make the most of midsummers night and if the weather is good , you may wish to sit outdoors somewhere and just enjoy “being” at this magical time of year. Or, if you are more active, you may enjoy a game of golf. This is an Orkney tradition and a special treat for visitors who enjoy the game. On the 21st June ( midsummer solstice), the sun rises in the north-east, around 4am, before setting again, in the north-west, at around 10.30pm. The sun shines for six hours on north facing surfaces and is in the sky for some 18 hours. When the sun finally dips, it remains just below the horizon, and so there is no real darkness. This twilight effect is known locally as the “simmer dim”.