Hidden College of Scalan

Chapeltown, Ballindalloch, AB37 9JS

Location description

The Scalan was one of the few places in Scotland where the Roman Catholic faith was kept alive during the troubled times of the 18th century. Now this remote location makes for a great place to spot and photograph the Aurora with nearby abandoned farm buildings, picturesque trees and the old Seminary making for great foreground objects. The location itself is about half a mile walk from the car park at the very end of the public road.


Aurora viewpoint

This location has been identified as a great site to spot Aurora with relatively low light pollution and clear horizons towards the North.


Go stargazing site

A place identified by the Go Stargazing team as a good spot to stargaze from. This is based on local light pollution levels, distance from nearby towns and cities and having somewhere safe to park. These locations tend to be remote car parks with no facilities.


Tonight's weather forecast

20/11/17
18:00
25%
20/11/17
21:00
89%
21/11/17
00:00
94%
21/11/17
03:00
86%
Weather forecast for Carn Mor (1.82 miles away) updated 20/11/17 at 20:00.

Location light pollution

This location is estimated to have light pollution levels similar to a dark site setting based on satellite data from CPRE.

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The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.

When to stargaze at Hidden College of Scalan

This location's dark site setting means it benefits from dark skies depending on the time of the year and lunar cycle. In the calendar below where you can see stars indicates when the skies will be dark and the best time to stargaze. Yellow areas show the adverse effects of daylight (bold) and moonlight (faded). Hover over a day to see darkness times or click on a date for more information.

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There are no known forthcoming events at this location.

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When to visit

The best time to visit Hidden College of Scalan can be found on this dark skies calendar.

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