Dark Skies

10 Nov 2016 01:39 16
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Scotland enjoys some of the darkest skies in Europe. Escape the ‘switched-on’ world and enjoy a wonderful stargazing experience. You might even be lucky enough to spot the mesmerising display of the Northern Lights!

Stargazing - https://www.visitscotland.com/see-do/landscapes-nature/dark-sky-parks-sites/

Isn’t it amazing to think that you can view neighbouring galaxies with the naked eye in Scotland? See the brightest stars in the Milky Way, the streak of meteors, planetary neighbours such as Venus and Jupiter, and even the glow of other galaxies such as Andromeda.

Woods and forests can be fantastic places for stargazing. When the night falls, the Galloway Forest Park provides unparalleled opportunities. Designated as the UK’s first Dark Sky Park, you can see more than 7,000 stars and planets with your own eyes above the park’s sky-scraping trees.

The Isle of Coll in the Inner Hebrides, awarded the Dark Sky Community status, has no street lighting and enjoys an exceptionally dark sky, as does Moffat in Dumfries & Galloway, Europe’s first Dark Sky Town, where a clear night will reveal thousands of bright and glimmering stars.

The inky black skies over the Isle of Skye and across the Highlands also present the heavens in all their spectacular beauty. There are many other fantastic locations across Scotland for admiring the night sky, but don't take our word for it – come and see for yourself!

The Northern Lights - https://www.visitscotland.com/see-do/landscapes-nature/northern-lights/

Every sky-scanner’s bucket list should include seeing nature’s most spectacular phenomenon – the Aurora Borealis, aka the Northern Lights, when the heavens are ablaze with ethereal swirls of colours.

Regularly spotted in the north Highlands and islands, this marvellous display can be seen as far south as Edinburgh and beyond when the right conditions are met. Keep an eye on the auroral activity from Aurora Watch UK when planning your trip.

Find more information on:

Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park - http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/forest-parks/galloway-forest-park/dark-skies

Isle of Coll - https://www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/isle-of-coll-p1162401

Isle of Skye - https://www.visitscotland.com/destinations-maps/isle-skye/

Moffat - https://www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/moffat-p244851

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory - https://www.visitscotland.com/info/see-do/scottish-dark-sky-observatory-p905131

Aurora Watch UK - https://aurorawatch.lancs.ac.uk/

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