Aurora Borealis or the Northern Lights

Caithness weather can be very dramatic and coastal views make amazing backdrops to cliffs and the sea.

Caithness can not be bypassed but, perhaps, its greatest glory lies in its heavens. A common site in the evenings and early hours is the Aurora Borealis especially on clear Autumn nights.

At night the stars are so near you that you believe all you need do is stretch up and pull the gauze net of them down to you — and duck as shooting stars blaze past; but, if you are lucky, you will catch the most spectacular show on Earth. The Aurora Borealis, with its curtains of soft lights plays over the vast land of Caithness bathing it in a gentle glow of pastel colours.

Although extremely cold at night, the clear skies and lack of light pollution gave us wonderful views of the aurora borealis. A night will not pass without fantastic auroras being observed.

Aurora Borealis or the Northern Lights

This photograph was taken near Thurso. This was the most impressive show that you might have ever seen! They say that it is the activity on the surface of the sun that causes this display – whatever it is, it is some show!

At the shortest day the sun rises at 10 minutes past 9 o’clock and sets at 17 minutes past 3, but the long nights are often lit up by brilliant displays of aurora borealis. This breathtaking Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights is seen most years in Caithness if you are out on the right night especially on the northern horizon during moderate auroral activity. A fantastic sight, a crescent shaped band of light lying horizontally over the islands out to sea with vertical fingers of shimmering silvery light playing into the sky. Pulsing and changing shape from one minute to the next. Are you dreaming?

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