Skye & Lochalsh enjoy some of the darkest skies in Europe. Free from the light pollution which blights towns and cities, our inky black skies present the heavens in all their spectacular beauty. There's plenty to discover, from the bejewelled cluster of the Pleiades or Orion's mighty belt in November, to the magical meteor showers of the Perseids or the graceful constellation of Cygnus the Swan, in August.
Nine unique locations throughout the island have been recognised as being perfect for viewing our night sky. All enjoy good access, with firm ground for wheelchairs, and all promise an unforgettable experience on a clear night.
For more information about each location click the orange telescopes on the map opposite.
If you would like more information about the night sky in and around Skye & Lochalsh contact our resident expert by email HERE
TIPS FOR ENJOYING YOUR DARK SKYE VIEWING:
1. Be safe and wrap up warm.
2. Start with the naked eye (no need for a telescope).
It will take you 15 - 20 minutes to adjust for night vision. Binoculars can be helpful.
3. See what you can see. Begin to identify the
constellations. Join the dots of 3 recognised constellations and build on your experience. (There are 88 constellations but you can never see more than half at any one time).
4. Don’t spoil your night vision. If you need a light, use a torch with a red filter
YOU WILL NEED...
1. Warm clothing – stout shoes/boots
3. Torch with a red filter (sweetie wrapper will do!)
4. Star Chart