The Carrachs

The Carrachs

Chapeltown, Ballindalloch, Banffshire, AB37 9JS

The Carrachs 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.

In November 2018 the location received official recognition as a Dark Sky Discovery Site in the Cairngorms Dark Sky Park.


The Carrachs is a Dark Sky Discovery Site, an officially recognised place where anyone can stargaze. Most such locations have overnight parking (sometimes with a fee); however, many do not allow overnight camping. There may or may not be toilet facilities.

Weather forecast

  • 22/07/24

    10° 46%
  • 22/07/24

    51%
  • 23/07/24

    23%
  • 23/07/24

    32%

Weather forecast for Carn Mor (1.8 miles away) updated 22/07/24 at 04:00.




Events nearby

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  • SIGMA – Moray’s Astronomy Club meeting

    Friday 2nd August 2024 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

    Lhanbryde Community Centre, Elgin, IV30 8QQ (25.7 miles away)

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  • SIGMA – Moray’s Astronomy Club meeting

    Friday 6th September 2024 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

    Lhanbryde Community Centre, Elgin, IV30 8QQ (25.7 miles away)

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  • SIGMA – Moray’s Astronomy Club meeting

    Friday 4th October 2024 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

    Lhanbryde Community Centre, Elgin, IV30 8QQ (25.7 miles away)

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  • SIGMA – Moray’s Astronomy Club meeting

    Friday 1st November 2024 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

    Lhanbryde Community Centre, Elgin, IV30 8QQ (25.7 miles away)

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  • Dark Skies Weekend at The Boat Country Inn

    Friday 8th November 2024 from 16:00pm to Sunday 10th November 2024 12:00pm

    The Boat Country Inn, Aviemore, PH24 3BH (18.6 miles away)

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Stay and gaze nearby

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  • Hideaway Under the Stars

    Dunbalen, Aberlour, Banffshire, AB38 9NL (12.0 miles away)

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Howe of Torbeg

    Glen Gairn, Ballater, Aberdeenshire, AB35 5XL (13.4 miles away)

    Stay & Gaze

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