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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.

 
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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!

Northern lights, North Uist, Outer Hebrides
Northern lights, North Uist, Outer Hebrides

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Northern lights reflecting in the sea, North Uist, Scotland
Northern lights reflecting in the sea, North Uist, Scotland

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Aurora borealis, North Uist
Aurora borealis, North Uist

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Northern lights, North Uist, Outer Hebrides
Northern lights, North Uist, Outer Hebrides

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The Moon
The dark skies allow wonderful views of the moon and seeing the moon reflected over the sea is an unforgettable sight. 
Moonset
Moonset

A wonderful sight - the moon reflected in the sea

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Full moon
Full moon

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Moon over the water
Moon over the water

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Moonset
Moonset

A wonderful sight - the moon reflected in the sea

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Milky Way panorama, North Uist, Scotland
Milky Way panorama, North Uist, Scotland

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Milky way
Milky way

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Milky Way panorama, North Uist, Scotland
Milky Way panorama, North Uist, Scotland

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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.

MORE ACTIVITIES
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FOOD & DRINK

Some of the best local seafood in the UK

WILDLIFE

Explore the wildlife of the Island. RSPB Balranald visitor centre is 5 minutes walk from the cottage

ARCHEOLOGY

Explore the archeological sites of the Island

SPORT

If you are feeling more energetic...

BOAT TRIPS

Explore the coast, islands and wildlife from the sea

ON THE DOORSTEP

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Stunning coastal walking straight from the door. No need to drive.

WALKS

Explore the coast or head to hills. Every fitness level catered for

EXCURSIONS

Day trips further afield to Harris, Lewis, Barra, Eriskay, Mingulay and St.Kilda

ART & CULTURE

Visit the museums and artisans who have made North Uist their home 

ST. KILDA

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Visit the remote and fascinating archipelago of St. Kilda - a UNESCO world heritage site

FISHING & GOLF

Enjoy world class fishing and golf