Our Dark Skies

Visit the Tomintoul and Glenlivet – Cairngorms Dark Sky Park for the best views of the night sky in the most northerly Dark Sky Park in the world!

This international designation recognises the exceptionally dark night skies found in this area, as well as the efforts of local people to reduce light pollution. The area is also naturally shielded from light pollution by the high hills that surround it.

Visit one of our Dark Sky Discovery Sites for the best stargazing spots around Tomintoul and Glenlivet. Car parking and interpretation panels can be found at Tomintoul Field of Hope, The Carrachs and Blairfindy Moor.

Whether you are an amateur astronomer, experienced telescope user or casual stargazer, you will get some amazing views of the northern night sky during the darker months of the year. Look out for the many constellations, shooting stars, the Milky Way and you may be lucky to see the spectacular aurora borealis.

Dark Sky events take place throughout the year, held by the Cairngorms Astronomy Group, which are open to all. Check our events calendar or visit the Dark Sky Park website or Cairngorms Astronomy Group’s facebook page

For dark sky visitors,  accommodation is available locally that can provide you with telescopes,  guides and even stargazing tours of the night sky. Check out Easter Corrie and our accommodation pages.

Download our Dark Sky Park leaflet

The Tomintoul and Glenlivet area in the Cairngorms National Park was awarded International Dark Sky Park status in November 2018. Watch the video of the launch event.