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Thu, 16 Mar


Howe of Torbeg

Stargazing Evening at Howe of Torbeg

Enjoy a night under the stars in the Cairngorms National Park, with a truly unique wild stargazing experience at Howe of Torbeg.

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Stargazing Evening at Howe of Torbeg
Stargazing Evening at Howe of Torbeg

Time & Location

16 Mar 2023, 19:00 – 21:00

Howe of Torbeg, Glen Gairn, Torbeg, Ballater AB35 5XL, UK


About the event

Have you ever wondered what was up there in the night sky but didn’t get around to finding out? Take some time out with a star gazing experience at Howe of Torbeg! Spend time in a gorgeous rural location & learn how to find key objects and constellations in the night sky on your own.

Scotland has some of the best dark skies in Europe, including across the Cairngorms National Park, where Howe of Torbeg is situated, with simply amazing star gazing opportunities. A dark sky area is an area with exceptional dark skies and little to no light pollution.

Simple & accessible, looking at the stars and learning a bit about them is the perfect way to get away from it all for a few hours, & spend some time in nature.

Stargazing is the perfect date night, or chance to do something different with friends and family. A stargazing experience makes a great gift, or just treat yourself!

Our stargazing evenings run in small groups of up to 8 people and last for about 2 hours.

On the night, we’ll gather in our Wee Studio for an interactive presentation, introducing you to the night sky. This is followed by an outdoor fire bowl & hot chocolate to keep you cosy & then a guided walk up the Glen to see the stars. Looking at the night sky will be a group experience guided by laser pointer.

No queuing for telescopes, we’ll be observing in the great outdoors, away from buildings.

It’s amazing under clear skies what you can see just with the naked eye, but when conditions are especially clear, we may use astronomy binoculars. We’ll provide these, we have enough for everyone.

We'll also tell you how to use stargazing apps on your smartphone, and will let you know which free ones to install, before the event, if that interests you.

You'll go home with a printed star chart for the month of the event, to help you remember what you've seen, and a special souvenir of the evening – a wooden pinhole bauble showing the Plough constellation. A perfect keepsake.

In the event of poor visibility or bad weather there will still be lots of star gazing activities and learning we can do! Events will run unless conditions are very poor, & all events are enjoyable, regardless of the conditions. We’ll do everything we can to create a memorable experience for you and your loved ones.. Even on a cloudy night, a night time walk up the Glen can be an amazing experience.

‘To walk the British countryside at night is to enter a dark, adventurous continent from which one returns with an explorer’s tales of wonders...’*

If you like, you can extend the evening with a stay in one of our cosy Glamping Pods or our off-grid Shepherd’s Hut. This is booked separately, & all stargazing participants can access a 10% discount code off any of our accommodation, just email after booking to receive it.

The perfect way to spend an evening - take some time out in nature, look up & learn your way around the night sky! 

Unfortunately we can't accommodate dogs here at Howe of Torbeg, so dogs are not permitted to attend stargazing evenings.

*John Lewis-Stempel, Nightwalkers


  • Stargazing at Howe of Torbeg

    Includes hot chocolate & firebowl, a printed star chart for the month of the event, & a wooden keepsake constellation bauble to take home.

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