The Isle of Coll is a small Hebridean island, very much off the beaten track with many beaches to explore, roughly 16 miles (26 km) from the mainland. It’s an accredited dark sky island, called “a place where we can be more at ease under the cloak of darkness, open to wonder and to discover things through a different lens, where the normal rules of what we experience with the senses don’t necessarily apply” by the International Dark Sky Association. There are three dedicated spots on the isle for stargazing, although in reality most of the island is incredibly dark. Every spring and autumn, Coll & The Cosmos stargazing weekend is held on the island, offering newcomers the chance to learn how to stargaze with telescopes and binoculars under truly dark skies. For more information, please visit online.
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!