Cairngorms dark skies


Highland Blackout: Cairngorms power outage to kick off International Dark Skies Week

Communities throughout the Cairngorms National Park will have no power this evening between the hours of 8pm and 11pm. A planned power outage agreed with Electrical Companies, Community Councils and National Park bosses will kick start celebrations of International Dark Skies Week.

With such low light pollution, amazing vantage points and vast horizons, the Cairngorms is recognised as one of the best places in the world to stargaze… Tomintoul and Glenlivet, in particular, have been awarded the prestigious status of ‘International Dark Sky Park’ making it the most northerly park of its kind in the world. 

Why the watt-ever are we doing this?

Well earth dwellers, have you ever seen the Milky Way?  No, that faint smudge you see on a clear night doesn’t count. Up here in the Cairngorms, under a sky untouched by light pollution, the Milky Way explodes overhead like a celestial disco ball. So if you fancy witnessing a bit of “Night Fever, Night Fever” we know how to do it.

Forget Netflix and chill

This is a chance to reconnect with nature, have you ever seen a shooting star light up your living room? Tonight might be your lucky night.

So this International Dark Skies Week, ditch the devices, grab a blanket, and head to the Cairngorms National Park. We’re turning out the lights, and the weather forecast predicts a cold front with a sky full of stars.

For your free star gazing map of the galaxy from the Cairngorms click here……

Image: Niven Photography

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