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The Best Places To See The Northern Lights In Scotland

Posted on December 20, 2016 by Luke


This winter, be sure to experience the elusive phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis, known throughout the world for brightening the night sky with fiery displays of vivid colours. However, a lesser known fact is that certain areas of northern Scotland are on the same latitude as Stavanger in Norway and Nunivak Island in Alaska – making our good old United Kingdom a prime viewing spot for one of Earth’s most incredible natural phenomena.

Thankfully we've done most of the hard work and located some of the best places to see the Northern Lights in Scotland, and even paired them with a Great Little Break! Are you ready to head north for a once in a lifetime experience?


The Newton Hotel in Nairn, located on the Moray firth, is a prime spot in northern Scotland for spotting the lights. It is in fact known for being one of the driest and sunniest spots in Scotland - so an overcast day is far less likely to hold you back! Why not enjoy the Malt whisky trail during the daytime - a relaxing recovery from late nights spent watching the sky.

Isle of Skye

Uncover the natural marvel that is Scotland's Isle of Skye - an excellent viewpoint for the Northern Lights. While you're taking some time off from hunting the "Mirrie Dancers", relax at the Dunollie Hotel in Broadford.

Located on a gorgeous waterside location in Broadford bay at the foot of the Cullin Hills, even without the lights this Great Little Break is a brilliant delve into the best natural landscapes Scotland has to offer. Included in the price is 2 nights overnight accommodation with Scottish breakfast each morning, a complimentary hot drink on arrival and a delicious dinner on the first night.

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Discover the Arrochar Hotel, located in Arrochar directly on the shores of Loch Lomond. This quaint town is a scenic but also strategic vantage point for spying the lights, which often cast stunning reflections on the surface of the Loch as they pass.

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The Royal Hotel in Thurso makes a perfect basecamp in northern Scotland to see the lights - and, although the picture is stunning, thankfully you will be wrapped up warm inside this gorgeous hotel rather than a tent! Enjoy a full Scottish Breakfast each morning, plus a delicious three course evening dinner on the first night.

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Enjoy a scenic coastal break in Oban - listed on Visit Scotland as an excellent location from which to view the Aurora Borealis. With a full Scottish breakfast each morning and a complimentary hot drink on arrival, what more could you ask from a basecamp location? The Regent hotel has been handpicked by our team for your enjoyment.

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That concludes our guide to the top spots to enjoy the Aurora Borealis in Scotland - we hope you choose to stay with us. You will be sure to enjoy a Great Little Break!

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