To Infinity and Beyond!

Grantown is an ideal base for stargazing and viewing the Northern Lights.

Due to the low levels of artificial light, from October to March our clear starlit dark skies of the Cairngorms National Park have few rivals for these natural phenomena.

Stunning night skies with easy access, allowing everyone a chance for a view not to be missed.

The Cairngorms Dark Sky Park, created in 2018 is only the second to be established in Scotland and the world’s most northerly. It has several easily accessible viewing sites dotted around Tomintoul and Glenlivet. Tomintoul, recognised as the highest village in the Highlands, is only a 30 minute drive from Grantown, so long as the ‘Snow Road‘ is not closed for access in the depths of winter. The Cairngorms offer great vantage points for guests to view the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) and all just a short walk from our transport.

Equipment Required:

  • Good pair of binoculars
  • DSLR Camera – you don’t need top of the range, but one that is good at a high ISO
  • Wide angle lens – the wider the better and preferably a wide maximum aperture f2.8 or better
  • Sturdy tripod
  • Cable release for star trail shots
  • Warm clothing
  • Patience

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Talk about three days of discovery! John’s local knowledge along with his genealogical background made this trip a once in a lifetime experience. I would highly recommend John to anyone.
Very professional, friendly and accommodating. Fantastic knowledge of the area, making tours fun and informative. Can’t recommend Strathspey Tours enough.