The UK’s most northerly Dark Sky Park in Tomintoul and Glenlivet is set to host an amazing weekend of star gazing next weekend with the first Tomintoul and Glenlivet Star Party. The weekend of activities kicks off on Friday afternoon with headline talks, films, walks and family fun. The fun continues throughout the weekend with expert led star gazing, story walks, talks and workshops led by experts in the field of Astronomy.

Tomintoul and Glenlivet’s award of international Dark Sky status in 2018 recognised the very high quality of our night skies and the ease at which they can be viewed. Dark Sky Discovery Sites across the area are perfect places to view the night sky and no special equipment or knowledge is required to be blown away by natural wonders such as the Aurora Borealis and Milky Way.

The event which is organised in partnership with Crown Estate Scotland and Cairngorm Astronomy Group will celebrate the amazing quality of the dark skies and everyone is welcome to join us to witness Jupiter in opposition, an astronomical event that coincides with the star party.

Chair of Tomintoul and Glenlivet Development Trust who are organising the event Tilly Smith said ‘our dark skies are unique and accessible to everyone, every night! Our Star Party event is a great opportunity to come and learn from some experts and have some fun’.

Sam Robinson, Secretary of Cairngorm Astronomy Group said ‘our Star Party, held in the Cairngorm Dark Sky park is a great opportunity to come and experience the natural wonder of our dark skies. A fantastic programme of activities has been arranged including talks from experts such as Pete Sherman and Dr Rita Tojeiro.

The Star Party will begin on Friday 23rd September at The Richmond Memorial Hall with talks and led activities by special guest the Galloway Dark Sky Ranger Elizabeth Tindal and continue throughout the weekend at locations across the dark sky park. For a full list of events and more details please see Eventbrite or Tomintoul and Glenlivet Development Trust facebook feed.

Locations across Tomintoul and Glenlivet