The Night Sky
The Night Sky
Winter is also a special time to visit. A naturally warm cottage, there is full central heating throughout to ensure a comfortable stay. As an officially recognised "dark sky area", on clear nights the stargazing is fantastic. From October the "northern lights" may be visible.
The cottage is a metereologists dream because the weather systems roll in straight off the Atlantic Ocean and can be watched in comfort from the sofa, whilst enjoying a drink beside the purring gas fire. There is nothing between this cottage and Canada except the deep blue sea.
See the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)
In winter, Balranald Bay View provides the perfect antidote to a hectic lifestyle.
One of the best "dark sky" areas in Europe. The stars, Milky Way and constellations are simply astonishing on clear nights even to the naked eye.
The Northern Lights make regular appearances from October. The view of the Aurora from the cottage as it reflects in the sea is jaw dropping!
The dark skies allow wonderful views of the moon and seeing the moon reflected over the sea is an unforgettable sight.
A wonderful sight - the moon reflected in the sea
Stargazing and The Milky Way
The best time of year to see the Milky Way in the UK is from mid April to mid July. It is visible for shorter periods of time from late February to late September. The best views are during the 2 weeks around the new moon, when the sky is darkest. This is also a good time for star gazing, looking for nebulae and any visible planets.
Explore the wildlife of the Island. RSPB Balranald visitor centre is 5 minutes walk from the cottage
Visit the remote and fascinating archipelago of St. Kilda - a UNESCO world heritage site