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Could Scotland's answer to Stonehenge be written in the stars?

AMBITIOUS plans to turn Sighthill into Scotland's answer to Stonehenge are taking off.

Celebrated astronomer and science writer Duncan Lunan believes historic local stones could prove a major attraction.

Each June, 20,000 people head to the ancient Stonehenge site in southern England to see dawn break on the longest day of the year.

In Glasgow, however, solstice observers head to the city's Sighthill Stone Circle - which sit in the shadows of the area's tower blocks - to mark the occasion.

Mr Lunan, author of numerous works on science and the founder of the Scottish research body into astronautics, organised the construction of the circle more than 30 years ago to accurately mirror the rise and fall of the sun and moon over the city.

It was claimed to be the first authentically aligned stone circle built in Britain in around 3,000 years.

Mr Lunan said: "This trail could be a major tourist attraction for Glasgow, of which Sighthill would be at the centre.

"We're keen to host equinox and solstice celebrations similar to those which occurred in the country until the 17th century when the church put an end to them."

Built on a hilltop with stunning views across the city, the stones incorporate the line of the midsummer sunset across Glasgow.

Mr Lunan added: "What we would like to do is to put a plaque explaining why it is there, who built it and who it is dedicated to. We would also like to restore the original stones to their correct height and put in a path for wheelchair access."

Mr Lunan said that he had already engaged in positive discussions with Heritage Lottery chiefs in relation to funding for the project, estimated at around 30,000.

 
 
 

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