Suns, Stars, and Comets.......

Perhaps not the standard "activity" on your list of things to do when you are here, but did you know that the skies around Wester Ross are almost totally light pollution free?  If you are in the middle of Ullapool, that might not be the case obviously. Then there will be street lights, fishing boats, and (at the end of September) an entire music festival all competing for your attention!

This area has some of the longest days / shortest nights in Europe - these photographs below were taken on the SAME day!

                                       

           Gairloch Sunset at 2.26am.....................Torridon Sunrise at 3.35am!

 In most parts of  Wester Ross the clear and starry skies are a source of constant amazement to most visitors. Particularly if you look through binoculars, you will see thousands of stars above you - rather worryingly, all these stars have more stars behind them - which have more stars behind them - which have...yes...more stars behind them!

What else can you see? Here's some recent photos (Click on any of the three below to see the full - size version):

              

         (Ed Duncan)                       (Mark Applecton)                   (Paul Acarnley)

                                           

                    

                                           Image from Mark Appleton

Not only are we able to see many more stars and planets compared to most other places, we regularly see amazing  displays of Aurora Borealis - the "Northern Lights". The logo below will tell you when these can be expected:

Look for Aurora in the North - North western skies - these often appear as shimmering columns of coloured light, while other times as ghostly sheets of light feeling their way across the sky. Here's a timelapse of the Aurora that was seen on February 23rd, 2014 - Unfortunately it was quite cloudy, so this is just a taster!

 

 

 

 

 

Photo from Ed Duncan , looking across the Minch from Gairloch

 

Posted on Tuesday, May 30th 2017

So many visitors!

The Wester Ross gardens’ guardians, the National Trust for Scotland, said yesterday the recent renovation of the estate’s grand home Inverewe House had also helped boost business since reopening after the win Full Story...

Posted on Thursday, January 26th 2017

The Sitooterie

A ONCE-overgrown roadside verge which blocked out a scenic seaside Wester Ross view has been transformed into a public garden. Visitors and locals are now able to enjoy the vista from the Gairloch Wildlife Observation Full Story...

A simply beautiful part of the world. I stayed near Gairloch with my family recently, and we'll certainly be back.
Jeff Gilberston, Florida

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