Dark Skies & City Lights

Heart & Soul of Scotland

Be dazzled by the dark skies and city lights when you pair Glasgow and Argyll.

There’s very little light pollution in Argyll, making it one of the best places in Scotland to watch the night sky. On a clear night you can spot satellites, meteors, meteor showers, comets and even meteorites. If you’re really lucky, you could get to see the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis.

Back in Glasgow the city comes to life at night! Experience Glasgow’s legendary night life, from the pubs to the clubs, restaurants to music venues. And while you’re out and about you can enjoy the city lights.

With no street lights and its geographic isolation, the Hebridean island of Coll has some of the darkest skies in Europe. The island has been awarded official Dark Sky Status by the International Dark Sky Association. It’s a brilliant place to watch the night sky. How about taking part in Coll & the Cosmos, an organised star-gazing weekends on the island?


Argyll’s Kintyre peninsula is another favourite place to take in the night skies. Kintyre’s west coast has been designated a Milky Way area by the UK Dark Sky Discovery partnership, meaning the Milky Way is visible to the naked eye. Head to the Argyll Hotel at Bellochantuy where the outdoor viewing area offers uninterrupted panoramic views of the night sky out over the western Atlantic. 

There are so many options for a great night out in Glasgow. Merchant Square is a stylish hub of bars, restaurants and twinkling lights all under one roof.  For dinner, book a table at Mezzidakia and enjoy mezze and cocktails then try Drygate, Glasgow’s finest craft brewery. For live music it has to be the legendary King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Maggie May’s or SWG3. Bar Soba on Byres Road is the place for cocktails, street food and more great tunes. Finish your night at Sub Club on Jamaica Street, the Corinthian Club or Nice N Sleazy on Sauchiehall Street.

And don’t miss the chance to have a cocktail at Radisson Red’s Sky Bar. Watching the sun set over the Clyde and Glasgow’s city lights start to shine as you sip on your drink.