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Stargazing Fun for Families in the Cairngorms

Stargazing Fun for Families in the Cairngorms

Posted by Hilton Coylumbridge, June, 2016

Did you know The Cairngorms offers some of the best spots in the whole of the UK for stargazing? With such little light pollution, there are few better places to discover the infinite wonders of the night sky.


The Cairngorms is home to a few excellent stargazing sites, including one near the Glenlivet Estate, which this year celebrated its new status as a Dark Sky Discovery Site – joining more than 100 others across the UK.

Getting Started

Stargazing is great fun for kids and adults – and you don’t even need a telescope to get started. Just look up! Did you know you can see a galaxy 2.5 million light-years away with your naked eyes?

With a pair of binoculars, you and the kids will be spotting craters on the moon and marvelling at the rings of Saturn. And if you’re lucky enough to visit between March and April or September and October, you might even catch a glimpse of the captivating Aurora Borealis in all its glory.

Get yourself a good beginners’ astronomy book from your local library and the galaxy will be yours to discover. You’ll quickly start spotting constellations and sweeping the star fields of the Milky Way.

The best time to start looking is an hour and a half after sunset when the sky becomes properly dark – ideally when the moon is not in the sky (check the Moon Calendar ahead of your trip). Social media is a great resource for keeping tabs on important celestial events like lunar and solar eclipses.

“I know nothing with any certainty. 
But the sight of the stars makes me dream.”


Vincent Van Gogh

Reach for the Stars!

Here’s hoping you enjoy some clear skies! For more information on stargazing, visit www.darkskydiscovery.org.uk, which is full of useful tips and resources.

Before planning your stargazing trip, don’t forget to check out our latest deals from Hilton Coylumbridge, including our Summer Sale with up to 30% off.