Sky Watching Holidays in Scotland
Sky Watching Holidays in Scotland – a guide to what you can see and the best Self Catering locations to stay
Whether you are a keen astronomer, or if you’ve barely looked at the night sky before, the dark skies of Remote Scotland, unpolluted by man made light will amaze you. Scotland’s Darkest Sky offer’s stunning night sky sights. Even with the naked eye you can witness the Orion Nebula – some 1500 light years away, our Milky Way Galaxy, and the external Andromeda Galaxy whose light has been on its way to us for about 2.5 million years.
Since the 2011 BBC program Star Gazing Live there has been a fourfold increase in people enjoying remote holiday cottage accommodation in Scotland for this purpose and the Sky is the limit with the right location. The longer you look the more stars you will see, often “70 x times” the amount seen in the towns and cities. The Milky Way stretches from horizon to horizon so Shooting stars, Planets, Comets, even ‘The Aurora Borealis’ or the Northern Lights may all be visible on clear nights particularly in the North. Scotland is one of the few places where the Milky Way is unmissable with the naked eye and visible in all its glory across the whole sky.
With the aid of binoculars or a telescope the heavens open up even further with the light bearing wonders of our cosmos. The determined stargazer can experience magical astronomical events throughout the year. Some remote areas of Scotland score up to 23.6 on the Sky Quality Meter (maximum darkness scores 25) that’s more than 70 times darker than cities like Edinburgh, Manchester and London, making perfect settings for stargazing from a cosy heated Holiday Cottage Sitting Room or Conservatory
For information about The Northern Lights in Scotland please view our dedicated page
Best Places to Sky Watch in Scotland
The remote Countryside locations and Northern Coastal areas of Scotland are Best. Here is a list of our most Remote Holiday Cottages in areas where you can enjoy the clearest night skies
Cowal, Argyll and Bute
List 10 Self Catering Lodges Loch Eck – Whistlefield Lodges sleeps 4 and 5. Luxury Log Cabins by Loch Eck Argyll, (some with Sauna, Jacuzzi baths and WIFI) enjoying stunning Loch, Forest and Mountain Views with Red Squirrels and lot’s of wildlife as company, walking distance from 14th century Inn – less than 90 minutes drive from Glasgow. Pets Welcome !
List 9 Shore Cottage Loch Fyne – St Catherines sleeps 6. Beautiful detached holiday cottage nestling on the banks of Loch Fyne with it’s lovely mature garden extending to the waters edge and it’s own moorings, where visitors can tie up their own boats. Shore cottage is so close to the water you actually feel within it sitting just 20 yards from the waters edge offering clear un-restricted views up, down and across Loch Fyne to Inverary and beyond. Pets Welcome !
List 23 Shore Cottage West Coast – The old Turbine House sleeps 2. Remote Seaside Holiday Cottage on Argyll’s West Coast. This 1 Bedroom detached Holiday Cottage just a stones throw from a sandy beach and rolling west highland hills offers the Remote Holiday Hideaway. Pets Welcome
List 85 Remote Highland Country Cottage – Hillside sleeps 5. Offering an escape from Reality, Remote Detached Cottage, without central heating let alone electricity. However the cottage is beautifully constructed, maintained and insulated with thick stone walls and as much fresh mountain spring water as you need. Unlimited Fire wood is provided for the back boiler Stove and Open Fires, along with lamp oil & candles. A Gas cooker & back up heating is also provided. Pets Welcome !
List 97 Remote Scottish Seaside Cottage – The Lodge sleeps 6. Beautiful Remote Seaside Holiday Cottage on Argyll’s West Coast. This spacious 3 Bedroom detached Holiday Cottage just a stones throw from a sandy beach and rolling west highland hills offers the Remote Holiday Hideaway. Pets Welcome !
List 104 Remote Scottish Holiday Cottage Argyll – Cove sleeps 4. Remote Detached Scottish Holiday Cottage on Argyll’s West Coast, offering the Ultimate Remote Holiday Hideaway Cove Cottage is approx 1 mile from the Sea and sits within a large open garden in an elevated position with distant views of the Hills and Loch Coalisport. Perfect for Hill Walking and Wildlife Watching Holidays and families needing isolation. The West Coast of Argyll offers wonderful scenery with rocky outcrops, inlets, sandy beaches, islands and islets just crying out to be explored. Pets Welcome !
Sutherland Ross-shire and Wester Ross
List 25 Self Catering Northern Highlands – Sea View Cottage sleeps 6. Luxury former croft cottage in the Northern Highlands, Remote, Detached, Conservatory, Jacuzzi bath, Sauna, Full Central Heating, Open fire and WIFI. This restored former Croft Cottage has an enclosed garden and easily accessible by car, or public transport even in the winter. Offering spectacular elevated views of the North Sea, Mountains and Night skies. Centrally placed this cottage forms the perfect base for exploring all the Northern Highlands including the Black Isle, Loch Ness Caithness and an Orkney day trip. Pets Welcome !
List 69 See Aurora Borealis Scotland – Melvaig sleeps 4. Luxury detached Cottage sleeping 4 people just 80 yards from the seashore with private beach access located in the quiet crofting community of Melvaig, near Gairloch. Offering a chance to see the Northern Lights during the Autumn and Winter months along with stunning sunsets and stary skies. The cottage offers stunning views of Skye & the Western Isles. Pets Welcome !
List 49 Highland Log Cabins Inverness – Big Sky sleeps 6. Luxury Mountain Lodges with Wood Stoves set within 17 acres of meadows and birch woods at Drynie Park near to Muir of Ord offering you a peaceful and picturesque retreat less 10 miles from Inverness, far enough away to enjoy the peace and quiet. Pets Welcome !
The Beautiful Northern Coastlines
List 4 Self Catering Dunnet Head – Far North Cottage sleeps 6. This unique former Croft Cottage with large enclosed garden is the furthest North Detached Cottage on the Scottish mainland, enjoying spectacular open views of the Pentland firth, Scapa flow and Orkney Isles. This Beautiful cottage enjoys many luxuries including en-suite master bedroom, bathroom with observation skylight windows, 2 person Jacuzzi bath, Sauna and Free WIFI. Also front Conservatory for clear Sea, Night Sky and Eagle Watching. Full Electric heating, Coal / Wood Stove, further family bathroom with Jacuzzi bath. All bedrooms all with tv / dvd. This cottage forms the perfect base for exploring Caithness, Sutherland, the North Coast, Cape Wrath and Orkney. Pets Welcome !
List 81 North Coast Holiday Cottage – Creel portsoy sleeps 6. Beautiful former fisherman’s Cottage with commanding Sea Views over looking the Harbour of the East Coast Scottish fishing village of Portsoy. Here the sea according to its unceasing tides’ rhythm calmly washes the coast. This former 18th century Scottish fisherman’s cottage has much history with it’s many original period features combined with 21st century comfort. Pets Welcome !
List 100 Scottish Sea View Cottage – Whale Cottage sleeps 7. Beautiful detached cottage so close to the sea you actually feel within it. Whale Cottage sits gable end onto the sea wall and at high tide the waves lap within feet of the cottage. There are sea views from most rooms and if you are lucky the odd passing whale or dolphin. Pets Welcome !
List 106 Shoreside Holiday Cottage Moray – Soundwaves sleeps 8. Beautiful Shoreside Holiday Cottage on the Moray Firth with one of the best locations in Gardenstown. Named Soundwaves not only because of the sound of the waves outside the windows; but because of the worldwide hit Sailing sung by Rod Stewart was composed “inside this cottage” which enjoys uninterrupted sea views from every room. Pets Welcome !
List 8 Sea View Log Cabins – Maryhill – sleeps 4 and 6. Two scandinavian Pine Log Cabins situated within working farm land, surrounded by Idyllic Scottish countryside. Offering a remote feel yet close to the Moray Firth’s Finest Beaches and picture postcard villages. at 600 feet above Sea Level the Log Cabins enjoy magnificent Sea Views over the Moray Firth and Highlands of Scotland. Sorry no Pets
List 44 Log Cabin with private Hot Tub – Gardenstown sleeps 2 to 4. Secret retreat Log Cabin sleeping with it’s own Private Hot Tub set in deep countryside, within private grounds of 3/4 acre with stunning 360 degree picturesque views over the Aberdeenshire countryside. This stunning Log Cabin lies within 2 miles of the lovely picturesque coastal village of Gardens town and Pennan made famous for the film with Bert Lancaster The Local Hero. 1 Pet Welcome !
Isles of Skye and the Western Isles
List 70 Isle of Skye Self Catering – Ardranach sleeps 2. Detached cottage with charm and character sleeping 2 people. Nestling close to the shores of Loch Snizort on the Isle of Skye this cosy former crofting cottage is a gorgeous place to stay. The cottage has an oil fired Rayburn in the kitchen ensuring a warm welcome at any time of year, off-road parking and is located just ten minutes drive from shops, banks and fuel in Portree the island capital. Pets Welcome !
List 11 Isle of Skye Self Catering Crofters Cottage sleeps 4 to 6. Detached former croft cottage on North West Isle of Skye “accessed by toll free road bridge” on the spectacular Waterish peninsular. This cottage enjoys many Luxuries including free WIFI, Jacuzzi bath, Full Electric Heating, Supplementary Wood burner and Conservatory “North West facing” with breathtaking unrestricted views of Loch Bay, the Atlantic Ocean and the Inner and Outer Hebrides Islands, and maybe a wee glimpse of the famous and mysterious Northern lights. Pets Welcome !
List 2 Isle of Harris Holiday Cottage – 19 Kintulavaig sleeps 6. Luxury detached Cottage in Leverburgh, Isle of Harris sleeping up to 6 people with Open Fire and Wood Burner. Offering you cosy accommodation and spectacular open views of the North Uist Islands, the Sound of Harris and Skye. Pets Welcome !
The Borders loch Lomond and Trossach’s
List 39 Trossachs Self Catering Lodges – Benview Lodges Sleeps 4 and 6. Luxury Lodges in the Trossachs overlooking the Ben Ledi hills, ideally situated for exploring the Trossachs and providing a fantastic touring base for Stirlingshire, Perthshire and the West Highlands, whilst still conveniently situated for shops and amenities. Sorry No Pets
List 105 Country Holiday Cottage Dumfries – Burnbrae sleeps 6. Offering a beautiful Country Holiday Cottage in Dumfries with Central Heating, Wood Stove, WIFI and all modern Luxury set in a beautiful rural location within a converted farm steading. Sorry no Pets.
Cairngorms, loch ness and Central
List 65 Self Catering Perthshire – Caliscotia Cottage sleeps 4. Cosy charming original stone built detached cottage within it’s own grounds. The tiny hamlet of Balkeerie lies on the border of Perthshire and Angus and is within easy reach of Dundee (30 mins) and the unique County town of Forfar (20 mins) and Perth (30 mins). Pets Welcome !
List 72 Large House by Loch – Corrievarkie Lodge sleeps 17. Large Spacious Holiday House by Loch Ericht in the Cairngorms with Wood Stove and all Luxury’s perfect for Fishing and Large Groups Self Catering up to 17 people, offering the Great Highland Escape. Pets Welcome !
List 82 Holiday Cottage near Aviemore Cairngorms – Heath Cottage sleeps 6. An exceptional Holiday Cottage near Aviemore. Heath Self Catering Cottage conveniently situated within the much sought after Holiday Village of Boat of Garton just 7 miles from Aviemore, offering a gateway to the Mountains and Forest’s of the Cairngorm national park. Pets Welcome !
List 99 River Deveron Fishing Holidays – Inverkeithny near Huntly sleeps 4 and 6. Luxury Log Cabins ideal for Fishing Holiday’s on the River Deveron, all modern Luxury including, Central Heating, Stoves and BBQ’s set amongst delightful countryside with lovely River Deveron views at the Northern end of the Cairngorms. Pets Welcome !
List 50 Loch Ness Log Cabins – Bearnock Estate Glen Urquhart, sleeps 2 and 4. Luxury 5 star Log Cabins with spectacular views across lush countryside in Glen Urquhart, Loch Ness and set in the heart of the spectacular Scottish Highlands, close to world famous Loch Ness and within easy reach of a whole host of attractions, activities and amenities. Pets Welcome !
List 33 Loch Ness Self Catering Cottages – Bearnock Estate – sleeps 2, 4, 6 and 12. Choice of Luxury 5 star detached cottages with Oak floors, Jacuzzi baths in the Loch Ness region, with fantastic views, relax in Luxury and enjoy the views, explore the Great Glen or take a boat trip on Loch Ness. Pets Welcome !
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