Discussing the dark skies in the west of Scotland with Giles and Monica in the hotel lobby
There’s a short section at the end tonight’s Amazing Hotels on BBC 2, where I take Giles Coren and Monica Galetti out into the dark skies near the Torridon to go stargazing. 🌟🌟
Star fields galore from the grounds of the hotel
The skies that evening were incredibly vibrant with the Milky Way clearly visible. The night time camera footage doesn’t really do the views justice, but I think the BBC team captured the magic of our night under the stars really well.
What you won’t know from the footage is that Giles laced the hot chocolate with a generous dose of single malt whiskey!
The Milky Way over the grounds of the Torridon Resort
I’ve had some fantastic excursions out to the Torridon Resort recently, where I deliver outreach astronomy and stargazing for guests at the hotel.
Weather can be unpredictable this far west but when conditions open up the skies are undoubtably some of the darkest in Scotland, easily surpassing the darkness levels over the Cairngorms, which are still hindered by skyglow from the populated Moray coast. This far west there’s almost no skyglow and inky black skies allow amazing views of the Milky Way and deep sky objects like the Andromeda galaxy, open star clusters and faint nebulae.
In addition to hosting several stargazing dinners I was also involved in some filming with the BBC up at the Torridon and look forward to seeing if the starry sky sequences make the final cut.
If you’d like to treat yourself or a loved one to a special stargazing experience please see the details here on the Torridon’s website. Meanwhile, enjoy some recent pictures I took from the hotel grounds and nearby Achnasheen.
The Torridon Resort
A passing meteor at the Torridon
The Milky Way near Achnasheen
The Pleiades rising over the trees near Achnasheen