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Anait



Iron Age promontory fort and reputedly an early Christian church and settlement.

Visited by Boswell & Johnson in 1773. This site is regarded as one of the most important Christian sites in the Hebrides.

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Aonish



Early 18th century ruined house & settlement of Fife merchant venturers.
Photo courtesy of Angus McGhie

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Auld Mission Cottage (Lochbay)

Tel: 01470 592 362
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Contact: Angus & Teresa McGhie



A 2 bedroomed stone-built cottage, with magnificent views of Lochbay and out to the Western Isles. Within easy access of Stein Inn and the rest of the Isle of Skye.

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Blue Moon Studio (Lochbay)

Tel: 01470 592 304
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Contact: Jayne Cooke & David Porter



Brand new, detached studio for a couple. Majestic, cliff top views from huge window. High- spec, tasteful interior, cosy, compact.

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Brae Fasach Gallery / Cafe (Lochbay)

Tel: 01470 592 732
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Contact: Ian Williams



Ian Williams pushes clay to the limits. His work is described variously as: inspired, fresh, never seen before. His sketches are simple lines evoking memories of the moment. All welcome at the gallery

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Broad Reach (Lochbay)

Tel: 01470 592 363
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Contact: Lydia Hartwell



Luxury self-catering with a nautical theme.

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Cottage at Tir Nan Og (Dunhallin)

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Contact: Diane Hoff-Rome



Spectacular sea views. Luxurious 4 Star Cottage. New attached Retreat Spa & Jacuzzi. "Beautifully appointed...best holiday home we have stayed in."
(Guests from England)

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Cuckoo Tree Studio

Tel: 01470 592225 / 07796 157067
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Contact: Denise Huddleston



Artist's open studio with gallery area. Art originals, prints, jewellery, textiles, cards, designed and made on Skye.

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Dandelion Designs & Images Gallery (Stein)

Tel: 01470 592 218
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Contact: Cathy Myhill



Friendly craft workshop and gallery in the heart of historic Stein village on the shores of Loch Bay. A showcase for our family, Cathy, Pat and Liz Myhill. Featuring our own original designs on wood, paintings, prints, photographs, jewellery, cards and candles.

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Dunhallin



The fort on the hill: comes from Gaelic and Norse. It is a prominent pre-historic stronghold being an Iron Age dun (700 BC - c550 AD)

Thanks to Pat Myhill for the picture.

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Fairy Bridge



This is said to be where the fairy wife of the Chief of MacLeod left him to return to her own people. She left their son wrapped in a silken shawl which, as the Fairy Flag, could be used three times

Thanks to Pat Myhill for the picture.

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Gareth John

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Contact: Corncrake conservationist



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Gesto Cottage (Stein)

Tel: 07973 248 715
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Contact: Stephen & Kathryn Porter



Historic detached fishermans cottage in Stein Village. Fully renovated, comfortable and very well equipped. Private gardens front and rear. Ample off road parking. Walk to superb seafood restaurant, shore, inn and jetty in just one minute!

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Gillen Apartment Stein Inn (Stein)

Tel: 01470 592 362
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Contact: Angus & Teresa McGhie



A one bedroom apartment within the Inn but with separate entrance. All modern conveniences. All inclusive tariff. Excellent base for exploring the island.

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Greenbank B&B (Halistra)

Tel: 01470 592 369
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Contact: Hazel Wotton



In the peaceful township of Halistra, Greenbank offers stunning sea views,two spacious en-suite rooms; one double and one twin, generous breakfasts and a warm welcome.

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Greshornish House Hotel

Tel: 01470 582 266
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Contact: Neil & Rosemary Colquhoun



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Hallin Church



Manse and Church of Scotland ascribed to Telford

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Hazelbank Self Catering (Lochbay)

Tel: 01470 592 712
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Contact: Roger & Norah-Lynne Shann



Contemporary, newly furnished, ground level, holiday apartment for two people, seeking comfort, style and spectacular views. Dogs by arrangement.

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Henderson House (Stein)

Tel: 01470 592 776
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Contact: Alison & David Wilkinson



A quintessential 18th Century cottage with modern, well equipped comforts, including free wi fi and dishwasher. The garden overlooks the loch. Scenic beauty. Within waking distance of renowned seafood restaurant and the oldest inn on Skye.

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Hillside Bed & Breakfast (Lochbay)

Tel: 01470 592 263
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Contact: Mick & Lyn O\'Sullivan



Mick & Lyn would like to welcome you to Hillside B&B, which is set in a stunning location with uninterrupted seaward views across to the Outer Hebrides.

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Knockbreck - Dark Skies



Fabulous views of the stars, the planets and the Milky Way even with the naked eye. Car park opposite school with 360 degree views. School has security lighting after midnight.

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lanetech - it solutions

Tel: 01309 678149
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Contact: David Powell



Lanetech for all your website and development needs.

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Loch Bay Restaurant (Stein)

Tel: 01470 592 235
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This renowned atmospheric bistro on the loch side in Stein offers a warm welcome and friendly service. For simply sublime seafood, Loch Bay is a must on Skye

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Lochbay Boathouse (Stein)

Tel: 01556 640 245
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Contact: Pat & David Bell



Comfortable and stylish 4-star accommodation in spacious former boathouse, full of character, in fabulous seashore location. Once owned by musician Donovan.

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Lorgill Bed & Breakfast (Lochbay)

Tel: 01470 592 346 / 07971 784 534
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Contact: Madeline Jones



Welcome to Lorgill. Two large rooms, great views, close to the Pub and seafood restaurant, breakfasts
when you want it and space to store outdoor gear.

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Lynne's Art Shed (Lochbay)

Tel: 07882 172 752
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Contact: Lynne Forrester



Original pastel landscapes, swirling abstracts and intricate ink drawings on display. Cards and prints are also available.

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Rainbow Cottage (Camus Lusta)

Tel: 01470 592 318
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Contact: Meena & Chris Watts



With a spectacular location at the head of Loch Bay Rainbow Cottage is a lovely, warm, well furnished and equipped holiday cottage enjoying fantastic views up the loch and across to the outer isles.

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Rubha Dubh



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Sgorr



A fantastic area for seeing wildlife and for a cliff-top walk.

Thanks to Pat Myhill for the picture.

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Sixgeary (Geary)

Tel: 07855 669 479
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Contact: Susan Totten



Sixgeary is a luxery self-catering cottage with uninterrupted views across Loch Snizort & the Ascrib Islands.

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Skyeskyns Ltd - Exhibition Tannery (Lochbay)

Tel: 01470 592 237
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Contact: Dave Till



Five star visitor experience to hear the story of leather and for everything in sheepskin...

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Stein



Some plans for the proposed designed village can be viewed in the entrance hall of Stein Inn.
As well as a tidal jetty, there are also public moorings.

Thanks to Pat Myhill for the picture

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Stein Inn (Stein)

Tel: 01470 592 362
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Contact: Angus & Teresa McGhie



The oldest inn on Skye has comfortable rooms, all en-suite with sea views. Full Scottish breakfast available. Good base for exploring this beautiful island.

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Stein Inn (Stein)

Tel: 01470 592 362
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Contact: Angus & Teresa McGhie



The 18th century Inn is the oldest on Skye. It serves bar meals made from locally sourced ingredients, including seafood. CAMRA area pub of the year. Real ales and 125 malt whiskies.

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Stein Jetty - Dark Skies



Sea level public car park with access to jetty where on clear nights you can see the stars, planets and the Milky Way even with the naked eye. Fairly good views especially to the north. Some building lights before midnight.

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The Captains House (Stein)

Tel: 01470 592 223
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Contact: Cathy Myhill



The Captains House is a 200 year old listed building with an idyllic shoreside location in the historic fishing village of Stein, which is a Conservation Area

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The Cottage Stein (Stein)

Tel: 01470 592 734
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Contact: John & Fiona Middleton



The Cottage offers two ensuite rooms with stunning sea views from full height windows. Two minute walk to The Stein Inn and Loch Bay Seafood Restaurant.

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The Lookout (Lochbay)

Tel: 01470 592 723
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Contact: Lorna & Murray Gray



The Lookout is a modern, luxury purpose-built self-catering retreat for two people on the scenic peninsula of Waternish, Isle of Skye

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The Old Byre (Lochbay)

Tel: 01470 592 332
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Contact: Elma Sands



Contemporary and cosy get away for couples. Short breaks possible.

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The Skye Shilasdair Shop (Carnach)

Tel: 01470 592 297
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Contact: Judi Hodgkin



Retail of naturally dyed yarns, knit kits and designer garments

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The Two Byres / An Dà Bhàthach (Upper Halistra)

Tel: +33 (0)6 7736 8944
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Contact: Hanne Stemann



Modern, light, spacious house, equipped to the highest standards comfortably accommodating 6. Set in the crofting community of Hallin, offering uninterrupted panoramic views stretching from the Cuillin mountain peaks to the Outer Hebrides.

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Trumpan



See legendary testing stone in grounds of the late Medieval (12th to 16th C. AD) church. Here at Trumpan In one hundred and fifty years, Church, in May 1578, the MacDonalds of Uist burnt to death a congregation of worshippers to exact revenge...

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Trumpan - Dark Skies



A car park with superb 360 degree views and no artificial lighting. The sky, the stars, the Milky Way can take your breath away even with the naked eye. Think what you could see with binoculars or a telescope. Viewing area at side with seating.

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Waternish Farm (Stein) - Corncrakes, Walks and Afternoon Tea

Tel: 01470 592 793
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Contact: Robert and Lucy Montgomery



Waternish Farm offers Guided Conservation Walks and Illustrated Talks on Corncrakes with the option of a Traditional Afternoon Tea.

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Waternish Point



The point is marked now by an automatic lighthouse. There are wonderful views out over the Minch to the Western Isles. If you are lucky the wildlife in the sky and in the sea can be captivating. To get there see our Walk Waternish page.
Photo courtesy of Angus McGhie

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Skye has the darkest possible night skies for the UK and Waternish is the darkest part of Skye. 


Dark Skies


Finding Transients with Gaia14/01/2016 14:35
Finding Transients with Gaia

Thank you to Dr Simon Hodgkin of the Astronomical Survey Unit, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge for this very interesting article.Artist’s impression of Gaia14aae. Credit: Marisa Grove/Institute of Astronomy


 


Gaia is the European Space Agency’s mission to map the Milky Way, measuring positions, distances, velocities and spectra for 1 billion stars spread in our Galaxy and throughout the Local Group.

Gaia began mapping the sky in August 2014 with its two telescopes, and billion-pixel CCD camera. Right now we are working hard to produce the first catalogue, which will be publically released to the whole world late this summer.

A small team in Cambridge is also using the Gaia data to discover transients. Transients are objects that suddenly appear in the night sky and then fade away to nothing. If you stare at the sky with a large enough telescope, you would see that there is a population of these eruptive variable objects constantly coming and going. We made a movie of the history of Supernovae to illustrate that here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lv8HtH-O3uQ.

Examples of transients are Supernovae and Nova. A Supernova is one of the most dramatic events in the night sky, and results from the massive explosion of a star (see https://gaia.ac.uk/science/guest-stars-gaia/exploding-stars for more information).


Dark Skies on Waternish20/07/2015 15:00
Dark Skies on Waternish

Night skies on Waternish help us to understand why the daily lives of our ancestors were so influenced by the passage of the stars and the moon. Looking up at the sparkling canopy on a clear night cerainly puts into context our existence as tiny creatures stuck on one small rock in the midst of billions of other pinpricks of light.


This spectacular picture shows the lack of light pollution in our area of Scotland which means that we are a fantastic area to visit to see Dark Skies.


Please click on "Full article" to read further information on Dark Skies prepared in a personal capacity for us by Dr Simon Hodgkin, Cambridge.


Noctilucent Cloud - from Stein18/07/2015 12:58
Noctilucent Cloud - from Stein

A wonderful photograpgh taken by Angus McGhie of the Stein Inn here on Waternish, very early one morning on his way back home after closing the Inn.


Aurora Borealis March 17th 2015 - WOW22/03/2015 16:22
Aurora Borealis March 17th 2015 - WOW

Waternish Peninsula - home to three Dark Skies viewing sites has been the perfect location throughout our stormy winter from which to view the Aurora Borealis. When the skies have been clear we have enjoyed numerous light shows that have been on display since October (even when there have been no aurora warnings). However nothing has been able to compete with our latest spectacular on Tuesday 17th March 2015.

 


Many thanks to Gill Williams (of Brae Fasach) for the words and wonderful photographs.


NASA Photo of Aurora over Scotland14/02/2015 11:25
NASA Photo of Aurora over Scotland

A Nasa Astronaut (Terry Virtis) photographs the aurora borealis over Scotland from the International Space Station.   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-31440059 


Absolutely fabulous - if only it could be as clear as this from Waterish (and with the naked eye)


Hubble spots a galaxy smiling at us.....10/02/2015 15:19
Hubble spots a galaxy smiling at us.....

The Hubble Space Telescope is producing pictures on a daily basis which are just wonderful and awe-inspiring.  They recently shared this picture on Facebook.


Hubble spots a galaxy smiling at us


http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/potw1506a/

Credit: NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration & ESA - European Space Agency


 


Dark Skye Star Party - October 25th 201419/10/2014 07:16

 An event run by Destination Skye & Lochalsh


Scroll down to see details, click on "Full article" to see planned events on October 25th 2014.


 Please phone 01599 577 219 for further details including tickets



The GAIA Project Lecture - 4th August 201419/08/2014 19:16
The GAIA Project Lecture - 4th August 2014

A very interesting lecture was held at Waternish Hall earlier this month, given by Dr Simon Hodgkin of the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge.  The lecture was very well attended so thanks to all those who supported it.


Simon began his lecture by telling us how he got into astronomy at a very young age and finds it incredible that he has found a job doing something he loves.


The GAIA Project aims to map out the stars in our Milky Way, which is an absolutely huge undertaking.  It was launched last year from French Guiana and run by the European Space Agency.  It has taken over 10 years to get to this stage.  It is planned that the capsule will send back data for at least 5 years, hopefully 7 and possibly even 10 years, assuming no damage from space detritus or any other mishap.


August Meteors24/07/2014 13:37
August Meteors

Go some place dark.  August is a really good month for meteors with the return of Perseid Shower. See earthsky.org/tonight/the-radiant-of-the-delta-aquarid-meteors  And of course after weeks of light skies and short nights, the nights are 'fair drawing in".  We would love to hear of any of your experiences of meteors or Dark Skies whilst visiting Waternish.


Noctilucent clouds13/07/2014 09:04
Noctilucent clouds

Noctilucent clouds (NLC’s) are the highest clouds in Earth’s atmosphere and are visible in a deep twilight, mostly observed in the summer months at latitudes between 50º and 70º north and south of the equator. They are made of crystals of water ice. They can only be seen when the sun is below the horizon.



From Andy Stables of Glendale Skye Aurora’s: "On Skye, they can only be seen during June and July. They are not present every night. One recent night was clear but there were no NLCs. I usually see them only less than six nights per year on Skye. You need to wait until the darkest part of the night here to view them, so between 1am and 2am BST. Towards the beginning of June or end of July you can see them as early as midnight but you need to wait till 1:30 BST to absolutely rule out their presence.

 

Unlike auroras, they are excellent viewed with the naked eye. They are more difficult to photograph than auroras, as it is necessary to under-expose the shot to bring out the contrast of the bright NLCs against the twilight sky."



https://www.facebook.com/GlendaleSkyeAuroras


Fabulous Aurora04/03/2014 16:29
Fabulous Aurora

On the 27th February the country experience a very widespread aurora.  Waternish was part of that, for at least half an hour.  There was some colour in the sky to the naked eye, but through the camera the colours were staggering.  To the naked eye the shimmering effect was incredibly clear and at times covered the whole sky.  It was a night to behold.


Our thanks to Gill Williams of Brae Fasach Gallery for use of this photo, taken from the Dark Sky Discovery site at Trumpan


Isle of Coll - Awarded Dark Sky Community Status10/12/2013 12:18
Isle of Coll - Awarded Dark Sky Community Status

Visit Waternish would like to extend our warmest congratulations to the Isle of Coll who this last weekend were awarded the status of Dark Sky Community.  This will have entailed a lot of hard work and dedication to achieve this - it truelly is a dark place!  However don't forget that Waternish have its own Dark Sky Discovery Sites in which to view the heavens - when the weather permits


Experiencing Hubble 22/09/2013 14:38
Experiencing Hubble

Starting on Tuesday 15th October, the first of a six week programme being shown by Gill Williams at Waternish Hall from 7pm.  It will feature another 'Great Courses' Course called 'Experiencing Hubble - Understanding the Greatest Images in the Universe.'


Spectacular night skies over Waternish14/04/2013 16:32
Spectacular night skies over Waternish

Comet Ison could produce one of the most spectacular natural sights ever witnessed in the night sky this November.  MIke Russell's article in the West Highland Free Press (click on link below to read full artice) describes why this is such a special event and why Waternish has the best seats in the house when the comet, flying through space at over 100 miles per second, is expected to graze the sun's outer atmosphere, outshining the moon as it glows in the intense heat. 


Picture of Visit Waternish enthusiasts, Clive Hartwell and Teresa McGhie, at one of Waternish's three Dark Skye Discovery sites at Trumpan, is by Willie Urquhart, WHFP.  


BBC Stargazing photograph22/01/2013 18:37
BBC Stargazing photograph
This is the photo of the sun, taken on Waternish by Robert Arnold, which was shown on the BBC Stargazing Live TV program on January 8th 2013.

We're REALLY dark here!20/01/2013 18:50
We're REALLY dark here!
Look at this picture from NASA, how dark are we here on Waternish on the Isle of Skye? Can you even see Skye???

 

We are currently having clear skies and are seeing lots of stars and planets and the moon is fabulous!!!

 

There are reports of Northern Lights!!!

Dark Skies in December16/12/2012 14:15
Dark Skies in December

What a fabulous week we have had for Dark Skies.  For once everything seemed to come together this week.  We had a new moon which made the night sky really dark.  But who needs the moon when Jupiter is dazzling the night sky.   We had some clear nights which meant spectacular viewing.  This all coincided with the Geminid meteor shower.  I was lucky enough to see some of the streaks in the night sky on Tuesday and Wednesday but sadly we had a cloudy sky when they were at their height the following night.


I am told that Venus was also spectacular this week but you had to get up at 6 am for that experience!!!


This could all have been seen at the three Dark Skies Discovery Sites we have here on Waternish


The Transit of Venus04/06/2012 13:12
The Transit of Venus

This is so exciting.  For the only time in our life time there is a transit of the sun by Venus early on the morning of June 6th.  If the clear skies that we have had recently continue it may be possible to see the transit from Waternish (if you are up early enough).  The next time it will happen wil be in 2117.


Please though be careful and do not look directly at the sun!


The transit of Venus, 8th June 2004.  Photographed by Frans Snik in La Palma, Canary Islands.  Courtesy of NASA web site.


Dark Sky events on Skye in March27/02/2012 15:25
Dark Sky events on Skye in March

Skye has three Dark Sky events coming up in March 2012.


The first is at the Broadford Hotel with Professor John C Brown (Astromer Royal for Scotland) on March 9th 2012 - Dark Skye Launch Event.


The second is in the Breakish Hall with Professor John Brown on March 10th 2012.


The third is in Portree Library with Professor Martin Hendry of the University of Glasgow on March 13th 2012.


Award for completing 'Our Night Sky' Course15/02/2012 11:42
Award for completing 'Our Night Sky' Course

A significant core group of Waternish residents have completed a basic course via DVD called 'Our Night Sky'.  The youngest member of this group, Murdo MacGilvaray, received a very personal letter of congratulations from the course tutor, Professor Edward Murphy of the University of Virginia, and a certificate.  The picture shows Murdo with his proud father and his certificates.


Dark Skies (NOT Dark Clouds!) report28/01/2012 09:43
Dark Skies (NOT Dark Clouds!) report

Waternish has been getting a few clear nights over the last few days - well, probably not clear ALL night, but for long enough for us keen Dark Sky watchers to get out there and see stars, planets etc.


See details under "Full Article"


Next Night Sky lecture starts at 7:30pm on Monday, January 30th 2012 in Waternish Hall, everyone welcome, there is no charge, but donations to the Hall would be welcomed. You even get a cup of tea / coffee at half time!


Dark Skies Lectures10/01/2012 16:04
Dark Skies Lectures

About 20 local residents attended the first in a series of DVD lectures in the Waternish Hall last night on 'Our Night Sky'.  It would be fair to say that the audience was fascinated by the lecture although a little shocked by the amount of information.  Nonetheless this has continued our interest in the heavens begun by the Dark Skies project and our Dark Skies Discovery Sites at Trumpan, Stein and Knockbreck.  There are to be a further 5 evenings in the coming weeks until 13th February, usually on a Monday at 7.30 although enquire of us for confirmation of specific dates. Lectures are free but donation to Hall funds is welcome.


Waternish and Skye promote Dark Skies05/12/2011 11:35
Waternish and Skye promote Dark Skies

Dark Sky Discovery, a pioneering new national and regional partnership of astronomy and environmental organizations, has just unveiled a series of Dark Sky Discovery Sites throughout the UK.  Visit Waternish and Destination Skye & Lochalsh submitted nine applications for official Dark Sky status on Skye. These include Trumpan, Knockbreck and the Stein Jetty in Waternish; Kinloch Forest, Kylerhea and Camas na Sgianadin in the Broadford area, and three sites at Clan Donald Land Trust. All nine sites were granted Dark Sky Discovery Site status on 18th October.


With Skye having the darkest possible night skies for the UK,  and Waternish being the darkest part of Skye, by promoting these safe and accessible areas local residents will be able to enjoy stimulating stargazing sessions and add another dimension to their visitors’ experience.


The project is being mounted in partnership with the hugely popular BBC ‘Stargazing Live’ which will be broadcasting its second series on 16 - 18th January, 2012.


Photo of Lorgill on Skye with Constellations courtesy of Ray Reeder www.rayreeder.net



For more information


about the Dark Sky Discovery project visit www.darkskydiscovery.org.uk.


For more details of the Dark Sky Discovery sites visit www.darkskydiscovery.org.uk/dsdsites.html.


Anyone seeking further information about Dark Skies on Skye should visit www.visit-waternish.co.uk/wild-waternish