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The 2019 Summer Solstice is almost upon us, giving the perfect reason to get out and experience some of the UK and Ireland’s most spectacular views whilst the sunlight is at its peak.

The Summer Solstice takes place each June, marking the longest day of the year, offering the perfect opportunity to get out and explore the great outdoors – with the rising or falling sun providing the perfect backdrop.

If you’re keen to make the most of those extra hours of light, take a look at some of our favourite sunrise and sunset spots across the UK and Ireland…

When is the Summer Solstice 2019?

Sunrise Wastwater

The Summer Solstice 2019 falls on Friday 21st June; what better time to be outside enjoying the sunshine than on the longest day of the year?

Britain’s Best Sunrises

1. Snowdonia, North Wales

Snowdon Sunrise

There’s no greater sight than the sun as it appears behind the mighty Mount Snowdon in the Snowdonia National Park. Hikers have been tackling this towering Welsh mountain for decades to catch a glimpse of its stunning 360-degree panorama – put a sunrise behind it, and you really are in paradise.

Browse through our North Wales Travel Guide to reveal the inspiration you need for an unforgettable visit.

2. Saltwick Bay, North Yorkshire

Saltwick Bay

If you time it right, you can witness the sunrise from the slate shores of Saltwick Bay near Whitby, North Yorkshire. This fossil-strewn stretch of North Sea Coast is perfect for a stroll on a hazy summer’s morning, provided you check the high-tide times before you go.

Our wide range of wonderful Whitby cottages provide the perfect base for those looking to spend the 2019 Summer Solstice in North Yorkshire.

3. Rydal Water, Lake District

Rydal Water

Rydal Water in the Rothay Valley is undoubtedly one of the best places to watch the sunrise, and also offers one of the finest views in all of the Lake District. Just downstream from Grasmere, this small body of water boasts an astounding backdrop and is renowned for inspiring the poetry of William Wordsworth.

For all your holiday ideas and inspiration, make use of our handy Lake District Travel Guide.

4. Glastonbury Tor, Somerset

Glastonbury Tor

Rising steeply out of the pastoral Somerset landscape, Glastonbury Tor is famed for its mythology, particularly for its ties with King Arthur. For history lovers or those interested in spirituality, this is an excellent spot to watch the sunrise.

Choose to stay in one of our Glastonbury cottages, allowing you to get up bright and early and experience this magnificent sight.

5. Glencoe, Scottish Highlands


Breathe in the clean, Scottish air with a morning hike in the Highlands, to see the sun rise in the shadow of Glencoe, Scotland’s most evocative peak. During the summer months, Glencoe’s snowy cap melts, revealing a mountainside ideal for a stroll to start the day.

Our Scotland Travel Guide allows you to plan your next trip from travel advice to the best eating and drinking spots – making sure that it is one to remember.

Britain’s Best Sunsets

6. Rockland Broad, Norfolk Broads

Norfolk Broads

As one of Norfolk’s lesser-known Broads, Rockland is about as peaceful as it gets. Brimming with bird and plant life, Rockland Broad is sure to be a hit with nature lovers out to watch the end of the Summer Solstice.

As well as exploring this spectacular National Park, use our Norfolk Travel Guide to get an idea for the best things to see and do, places to stay and where to eat nearby.

7. Ilkley Moor, West Yorkshire

Ilkley Moor

Dotted with archaeological sites and thought to be the birthplace of Yorkshire’s county anthem, Ilkley Moor is a fascinating place to enjoy a vigorous, summertime stride. When the sun begins to set above the heath, choose a good spot for a picnic, relax and enjoy the spectacle.

Our nearby cottages in Ilkley provide the perfect base from which to experience the beauty of the 2019 Summer Solstice.

8. Stonehenge, Wiltshire


It is widely believed that the occurrence of both the Winter and Summer Solstice are the very reason why Stonehenge was built. For many years now, the ancient Wiltshere landmark has been a place of pilgrimage for many – guaranteeing a sight to behold.

If you’re looking for somewhere offering a superb view of the 2019 Summer Solstice, perhaps book one of our Stonehenge holiday cottages.

9. Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh

Arthur's Seat

As UK cityscapes go, Edinburgh is tough to beat. From atop the curiously named Arthur’s Seat, you can see much of the Scottish capital in all of its historic glory. When the sun goes down, dozens take to this grassy ridge to feast their eyes on Edinburgh’s magnificent panorama- why not join them?

Plan your trip to this fascinating city by using our carefully crafted Edinburgh Travel Guide, from restaurant recommendations to travel tips, we have you covered.

10. Lakes of Killarney, County Kerry

Lakes of Killarney

Just one of the many highlights along the Ring of Kerry, the Lakes of Killarney offer uninterrupted mountain views and all of the peace and quiet you could ever need. As the sun sets behind the imposing Purple Mountain, you’ll be glad you came across this serene corner of the Emerald Isle.

If you’re looking to spend some time within the astounding Killarney National Park, why not stay at one of our Killarney cottages?

Book yourselves one of our many summer cottages so you can choose the perfect spot to witness the 2019 Summer Solstice.

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