Dark Skies

Isle of Coll - a Dark Sky Island

Offering unparalleled night-sky clarity, the Isle of Coll is a popular draw for budding astronomers.

The tiny Inner Hebridean island is the only one in Scotland that can boast the status of being a ‘Dark Skies Island’, and even more impressively is only one of two such designated islands in the world.

A lack of street lights, a small population and local commitment to conservation have helped Coll to remain a place of natural beauty.

A specially designed ‘Coll and the Cosmos’ stargazing weekend breaks using state of the art technology can be booked by visitors wanting to make the most of the island’s dark sky and are a perfect introduction for those with no prior knowledge of astronomy.

Northern Lights in Scotland

A natural wonder that has fascinated mankind for millennia, the Northern Lights (also called the Aurora Borealis) are nature’s very own theatrical performance. 

Autumn and winter are the best times of year to see the Northern Lights and here is a list of places to spot them across Argyll and the Isles.