Solstice Stargazing Storywalk – Thurs 21 Dec 2023


What could be better than stargazing on the winter solstice, hearing Gaelic and Pictish tales from thousands of years ago?! From warrior queens to one-eyed giants, we’ll have a wee wander near Aviemore and keep warm with a cup of foraged wild tea!

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* Permanent resident of Badenoch & Strathspey

Start time: 7pm
Finish time: 8-8.30pm
Meeting location: Dalfaber, Aviemore; more details provided on booking.

Come and join a short evening stroll to stargaze and explore Scotland’s own Gaelic and Pictish stories of the stars from thousands of years ago. The skies are a rich tapestry of tales of characters and their adventures, from warrior queens to one-eyed giants. (The Gaelic myths put the Greeks to shame!) And we’ll keep warm with a cup of foraged wild tea.

Suitable for all ages.

Note on weather: If the weather is atrocious (gales, sideways rain or snow), the walk will be cancelled and full refunds given. If it’s cloudy but not blowing a hoolie, the walk will still go ahead and we will hope to see stars! Star maps will be provided for cloudy days.

Covid-19 update: This walk is fully outdoors with a small group, and we can socially distance if needed.

Description of walk
The walk starts from the north of Aviemore (location will be shared on booking), and is around 1-1.5 miles (around 2km) long. We’ll follow surfaced tracks and footpaths for the most part.
I can adapt the route of the walk to make it fully accessible for prams or wheelchairs; please let me know in advance.
Dogs are allowed but only if others booked onto the same walk are okay with this. If you want to bring a dog please let me know ahead of booking.

What to wear/bring
Please dress appropriately for the weather! Lots of layers and waterproofs to stay warm, as we’ll be standing still for a lot of the time. Please wear strong, sturdy shoes or boots. A torch or headtorch will be useful, particularly one with a red light so we can keep our night vision. You may also wish to bring a sit mat/camping mat with you for laying down and stargazing when we stop for tea!
Covid-19: Please bring your own cup if you’d like to try the wild tea. 

What I will bring
I will bring wild tea, a torch and headtorch, a bag of tricks, and a smile. I will also have a First Aid kit with me just in case!
Covid-19: I will also bring hand sanitiser.

* Permanent resident of Badenoch & Strathspey