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The Carrachs

The Carrachs

Chapeltown, Ballindalloch, 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

  • 21/01/22

    1%
  • 21/01/22

    5%
  • 22/01/22

    11%
  • 22/01/22

    12%

Weather forecast for Carn Mor (1.8 miles away) updated 21/01/22 at 16:00.




Events nearby

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  • The Moon – our nearest neighbour

    Sunday 6th February 2022 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

    Glenlivet Village Hall, Ballindalloch, AB37 9BX (6.5 miles away)

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  • Exo Planets

    Saturday 15th October 2022 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

    Richmond Memorial Hall - Tomintoul, Ballindalloch, AB37 9ET (4.8 miles away)

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  • The Asteroids – Ceres, Vesta and Others

    Sunday 13th November 2022 from 18:00pm to 20:00pm

    Glenlivet Village Hall, Ballindalloch, AB37 9BX (6.5 miles away)

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