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Solstice to be marked with national park walk

Posted 14 December 2011
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Solstice to be marked with national park walk
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A large number of people can be expected to wrap up in their winter jackets for a winter solstice walk in the Cairngorms on Thursday December 22nd.

The national park is set to mark the shortest day of the year with a special lantern parade at Strathmashie Forest, Laggan.

Starting at 17:00 GMT from the Wolftrax car park, the free event will feature a new light and sound installation by artist Gill Russell.

Entitled Sorn, from the Gaelic word for 'hearth' or 'chimney, the artistic spectacle will mark the culmination of celebrations for the UNESCO Year of the Forest.

"Gill's previous outdoor installations have been incredibly moving, making the links between people and their environment," said Fiona McLean, community heritage officer at the Cairngorms National Park Authority.

Anyone is welcome to join the walk, with food and hot chocolate for sale after the event.

The sun is expected to rise at 08:58 GMT and set at 3:33 GMT in Inverness - the closest city to Strathmashie Forest - on December 22nd.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801238502-ADNFCR