Northern lights or auroras borealis take place when electrically charged particles from the sun travel in solar winds and interact with the magnetic fields of the Earth’s atmosphere. This creates an ethereal glow and dancing lights in the sky.
Autumn and winter are the best times of year to see the northern lights in Scotland as the nights are the darkest. Late at night or the early hours of the morning are generally your best chance of catching them. Here are our top tips for your chance to catch of glimpse:
Did you know Scotland is renowned as one of the top places in the world to view northern lights? We are on the same latitude as Stavanger in Norway and Nunivak Island in Alaska, so we’re in with a good chance of spotting the lights.
Once you’ve checked everything out and got into position it’s a case of waiting and watching. Certainly, the best time to see northern lights in Scotland is during long, clear, winter nights.
Admittedly we’d love the time to take more photos of the Northern Lights in Scotland as they are such beautiful images.
If you see the northern lights in Scotland then don’t forget to tell your friends. Share your pictures and videos on Facebook, they’ll be just as stoked as you that you’ve seen them, it’s on a lot of people’s wish lists. Take a look at some of our shots.