Scotland is home to some of the largest expanses of dark sky in Europe – and with the right location, time of year and a little bit of luck, it’s the ideal place to spot the Northern Lights (or ‘Mirrie Dancers’ as they are known locally).
From the breathtaking Aberdeenshire cliffs at Pennan to the secluded serenity of the Outer Hebrides, opportunities are abound to witness the mesmerising dance of the Aurora Borealis against a backdrop of millions of glittering stars.
Each location provides a unique perspective and experience, allowing visitors to not only witness the beautiful Northern Lights but to also explore the rich history, culture, and natural beauty of Scotland.
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Pennan is a tiny seaside village located by a stunning backdrop of Aberdeenshire cliffs, famous for being where a lot of the 1983 film Local Hero was made.
Stretching across the southwest of Scotland, it is home to glens, lochs, hills and only a few buildings which means it has very little light pollution.
On clear nights it is possible to observe thousands of stars, making it one of the best places to stargaze in Europe.
In nearby Kirkcudbright (which is also home to the Dark Sky Planetarium), the Selkirk Arms Hotel offers stargazing packages which include bed, breakfast, evening meals and talks with stargazing experts as well as a chance to head into Galloway Forest Park to see the skies.
North Uist, Outer Hebrides
With minimal light pollution, the Outer Hebrides is one of the best places to catch the Northern Lights.