Royal Highland Show Visitor, EdinburghThe Royal Highland Show

A local designer of upmarket sundials unveiled his latest creation today – the Orbdial – at this year’s Royal Highland Show, located at Ingliston near Edinburgh.

It is the first time that Edinburgh man Alastair Hunter, owner of Macmillan Hunter Sundials has exhibited at this, one of the most prestigious events in the Scottish calendar.

Visitors were able to see Alastair’s range of precision instruments at his colourful stand on the Floral Walkway. The Orbdial is aimed at people who value individuality and comprises a horizontal sundial set within an armillary sphere incorporating both meridian and equinox rings. The design is unique to Macmillan Hunter Sundials and may be the first of its kind.

This ‘eye-catching’ instrument was designed by Alastair towards the end of last year and joins his collection of bespoke sundials that include his first ever sundial sculpture ‘Solar Time’, a two metre high award winning design. Also on view was ‘Orbit,’ a stunning limited edition of just 15 stainless steel and brass numbered sculptures, and ‘Noondial,’ a scaled down version of ‘Solar Time.’

In 2012 Alastair added ‘Hourdial’ to his collection: a beautiful horizontal dial transforming the visual idea of what a typical garden sundial looks like and available with a choice of pedestals in cast and natural stone.