The 2015 winter solstice festival took place from 19th to 22nd December. The main highlight of the festival is the illumination of the summit Passage Grave, by the setting sun. Due to the small size of the Passage Grave, only 20 people can enter it at any one time. Needless to say, it is a rather weather dependent phenomenon. Most of the hikers who made the climb and braved the gale force winds on the summit were treated to the spectacle.
In addition to the summit hikes, visitors were treated to a range of events from a meditation day retreat, separate performances from Accolade Community Choir and the Armagh Rhymers, as well as children’s basket weaving and guided walks with the fairies.
All in all it was a nice way to kick off the Christmas festivities. You can check out pictures of the festival in the gallery.