Stargazing in Tomintoul

Stargazing in Tomintoul

Saturday 2nd March 2024 from 20:00pm to 21:00pm

Tomintoul & Glenlivet Discovery Centre
The Square, Tomintoul, Banffshire, AB37 9ET

Would you like to learn more about the night sky? Join us at the Discovery Centre in Tomintoul for an all ages stargazing session. We’ll have a briefing in the Discovery Centre before walking down to a nearby stargazing site in a group to look at stars, planets, and constellations and share resources for improving your celestial knowledge.

The Glenlivet and Tomintoul area is one of the best places in the Cairngorms National Park to discover the wonders of the night sky. It is Scotland’s second International Dark Sky Park and the most northerly in the world.

Toilets are available in the Discovery Centre and limited amenities are available in Tomintoul. As we will be outside in February, please dress appropriately for cold and changeable weather. Lots of layers, along with gloves and hat will make your stargazing experience more enjoyable. Please also wear appropriate footwear for wet and wintry conditions. If conditions are unsuitable on the day of the event the organiser will email attendees.

Suggested donation £5 on the night helps to support the Tomintoul & Glenlivet Cairngorms Dark Sky Park.

Please note that this has already taken place on 02/03/2024

Event organiser

Tomintoul and Glenlivet Dark Sky Park

Tomintoul and Glenlivet Dark Sky Park is organising this event

Please contact Tomintoul and Glenlivet Dark Sky Park directly for more details regarding this event or, if appropriate, contact the event venue.

Event booking

Please book tickets for this event via the Eventbrite website.

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Event darkness

The Moon has a big impact on the visibility of celestial bodies in the night sky. Try to plan your stargazing when there is no bright Moon at night as this is when the skies will be at their darkest.

The below chart shows if and when the skies will be at their darkest during this event. Moonlight is shown in light yellow and the Sun's twilight in light blue. Midnight on the date shown is shown as a white line with sunset to the left and sunrise the next morning to the right. A black background with stars shows the best times for stargazing.

Forthcoming events

Below is a list of events at Tomintoul & Glenlivet Discovery Centre. View these events on our calendar, add them to your calendar or Google Calendar.

  • Celebrate the return of darker skies with the Perseid Meteor Shower!

    Monday 12th August 2024 from 22:30pm to Tuesday 13th August 2024 00:30am

    Tomintoul & Glenlivet Discovery Centre, Tomintoul, AB37 9ET

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