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nature aware. Now we have the opportunity to share our darkness with others and I hope anyone visiting Coll offseason will be equally inspired’ You’ll experience the wondrous night sky as our ancestors did, but with all the modern comforts. There are several welcoming accommodations on the island, such as Tigh na Mara and Coll Bunkhouse, which offer friendly Scottish hospitality and are great bases from which to being your astro-tourism holiday. There are winter stargazing packages available for this season through March. Take advantage of a range of astronomical equipment (up to 16” telescopes), practical hands on instruction in using telescopes and developing observing techniques. Observe the planets, stars and moon as you’ve never seen them. Always dreamed of experiencing the Aurora Borealis? You just might get your wish, because in the winter there is always a chance of seeing nature’s awe-inspiring northern light show. And if it rains, no worries, because you can immerse yourself in an indoor aquarium 360° immersive multi-media theatre experience, ideal for taking a journey through the solar system and learning about a range of astronomical subjects. Whether you are looking for a festive family holiday or a romantic getaway under the stars, why not do something different this year and consider a stargazing break on the Isle of Coll? For more information go to visitcoll. co.uk. Queens Stone Ben Hogh Photo: Allan McKechnie Isle of Coll Photographics Hogh Bay Photo: Allan McKechnie Isle of Coll Photographics Clabbach Bay Photo: Allan McKechnie Isle of Coll Photographics ‘Dark Skies’ 54


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