Lochinver is a small fishing port located on the west coast of Scotland. Tourists come for the fish market, distinctive pottery, and petting farm. Lochinver was granted a prestigious “Dark Sky Award.” The area has minimal light pollution and obstructions to viewing the night sky. The Milky Way can easily be seen with the naked eye. An EarthSky user says: “The whole area is spectacular. Wild, rugged, west coast of the Scotland is known for its beauty. I lived there for years and used to go out at night and stargaze. Virtually no light pollution (1000 people in 50 square miles!), Milky Way is directly above you, and perfectly clear, the Northern Lights are breathtaking.”
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!