Stonehenge gets all the fame and glory, but there are plenty of other ancient archeological areas from which to enjoy this mystical time of year. In fact, there are over 1000 stone circles in the UK alone that put on a spectacular sunrise to sunset show. The best part is, you won’t have to fight the tens of thousands of gawkers that Stonehenge tends to draw on the longest day of the year. These might not be as solstice-significant as the mighty “henge” but they’re still worth a look if you want to tap into your inner druid. Check out some of these other prehistoric places to bask in the light and shadows of the day.
1. Beaghmore Stone Circles, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Discovered in 1940s, these ancient rocks date back to the Neolithic period. They are thought to signify an old burial site, a ceremonial circle or an arrangement to enhance soil fertility.
2. Castlerigg Stone Circle, Cumbria, England
If you’re ever in the Lake District, be sure to visit what is one of Britain’s earliest stone circles thought to date back to 3000 BC. You’ll often find sheep grazing around them.