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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

  • 13/08/22

    19° 1%
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  • 14/08/22

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  • 14/08/22

    16° 1%

Weather forecast for Carn Mor (1.8 miles away) updated 13/08/22 at 04:00.




Forthcoming events

Below is a list of events at The Carrachs. View these events on a calendar.

  • Dark Sky Story Walk

    Saturday 24th September 2022 from 18:30pm to 20:00pm

    The Carrachs, Ballindalloch, AB37 9JS

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  • Dark Sky Story Walk

    Sunday 25th September 2022 from 19:00pm to 20:30pm

    The Carrachs, Ballindalloch, AB37 9JS

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