What time of year is best to see the northern lights in Scotland?

by Tal Lee|01 Nov 2020|Journey|United Kingdom|346 views
When can you see the northern lights in Scotland? Autumn and winter are the best times of year to see the northern lights in Scotland as the nights are the darkest. Late at night or the early hours of the morning are generally your best chance of catching them.

Simply so, what months can you see the northern lights in Scotland?

What are the Northern Lights? When is the best time to see the Northern Lights in 2020?

Best months to see the Northern Lights
  • October.
  • November.
  • December – the shortest day is 21 December so there's more hours of darkness at this time of year.
  • January.
  • February.
  • March.

Subsequently, question is, how can I see the Northern Lights in Scotland?

Your best bet is to head up to the north of Scotland, around the Caithness coast. The Orkney Isles, The Outer Hebrides are also prime aurora-spotting territory. The best time to see the lights is January, but the autumn/winter months also offer spectacular displays. Firstly, you need almost total darkness.

Where is the best place to see the Northern Lights in the UK?

Scotland remains the best place to see the northern lights in the UK, given its closer proximity to the North Pole. The most likely places to see the spectacle are the Scottish Highlands and Scottish Isles.

Is 2020 a good year to see the northern lights?

During the winter of 2019/2020, the Northern Lights viewing was typical for a solar minimum year. But from 2020 onwards, there will be a slow ramp-up in solar activity, and auroras should increase in frequency, peaking in 2024/2025. Check out our range of unique Northern Lights tours here.

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