Callanish Stones to be at the centre of BBC programme

Presenter Dougie Vipond
Presenter Dougie Vipond

The Western Isles is set to be at the centre of yet another BBC Scotland natureshow as ‘Midsummer Live’will be streamed from Callanish.

The iconic standing stones on the west side ofLewis have long been a draw for those celebrating the longest day of

the year - and this year will see them beamed to people across Scotland.

The program will be on BBC Two Scotland on the evening of the summer solstice live from Callanish, withp resenters Dougie Vipond and Ellie Harrison.

Producer Sandy Raffan said: “We are aiming to have a great celebration of the stones at the point of the sunset, but it is a major outside broadcast for BBC Scotland so we are just asking if local people and visitors can be mindful of the filming.

“We have kept the production as streamlined as possible, but technical requirements mean the main vehicular access to the site will be limited to residents on the night.

“It is a stretch of a few hundred metres and our understanding is that most people walk to the area of the stones via the Visitor Centre and two other access pathways.”

Midsummer Live, live from Callanish – with insert reports from across Scotland’s natural world – will go out in sections across BBC Two Scotland on the evening of Friday, June 21st, transferring to BBC One Scotland for the sunset through the stones around 10.30pm.

It is part of BBC Scotland’s Wild Scotland season, which has also included Hebrides – Islands on the Edge.