Mid-summer madness…

Our advice?  Ignore the dawn traffic jams in Wiltshire, and head to one of these fabulous prehistoric spots instead, which are perfect for witnessing the start of the longest day of the year. Chanting and flowing white gowns are optional…

– Head to the Scottish island of Orkney, home of the Ring of Brodgar, a Neolithic UNESCO World Heritage Site, comprising ceremonial enclosures, a stone circle, and at least 13 prehistoric burial mounds.

– If you want to go wilder than Orkney, make a trip to the Outer Hebrides, where you’ll find the Callanish Stones on the Isle of Lewis. This impressive stone circle might be recognisable to younger family members, having been featured in the Pixar movie, Brave.

– Castlerigg in Cumbira is one of the country’s most picturesque stone circles, sitting on top of a low hill and surrounded by higher peaks.

– Finally, if you must go to Wiltshire, head 40km north of Stonehenge to the town of Avebury, location of the largest stone circle in Europe, and Solstice venue of choice for druids wishing to escape the popularity of its better-known neighbour.