Summer Solstice (Sunrise and Sunset)

Submitted by edg on Tue, 12 Nov '19 10.05am
Time & place

The Summer Solstice is the point at which the sun reaches its highest point in the sky in Edinburgh. It falls at 9.43pm on 21 June bringing the longest day of the year. In Edinburgh, this is a total of 17 hours and 37 minutes of daylight.

Early birds can catch the sun rise at 4.26am on Sunday 21st June 2020, while the sun sets at 10.03pm, according to the UK Hydrographic Office.

Origins of "solstice"

The word solstice derives from the Latin "sol" (sun) and "sistere" (to stand still). So solstice is the moment when the seasonal movement of the sun stops and reverses direction. In the case of the Summer Solstice, the days start getting shorter after today.

The nights draw in until the Winter Solstice, which falls on the shortest day on 21 December.

As the daylight hours ebb and flow, the turning of the seasons is celebrated in the Edinburgh festivals of Samhuin and Beltane.