The Hebridean Dark Skies Festival is an exciting and ambitious new programme of events at An Lanntair and across Lewis from 8-21 February 2019. It will include stargazing events, talks and workshops by leading scientists, film screenings, live music, theatre, family events, and much more.

You can scroll through our programme of events – and watch our festival trailer – below. And keep an eye on our Dark Skies diary for programme updates in the run up to the festival.

The Isle of Lewis has some of the darkest skies in the UK. Many astronomical sights can be seen through the naked eye including the Orion Nebula, the Milky Way and the Great Andromeda galaxy. Lewis is also one of the best places in the UK to see the Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis (as featured in Casey McIntyre’s winning entry in our photography competition, above).

The Hebridean Dark Skies Festival is led by An Lanntair in partnership with Calanais Visitor Centre, Stornoway Astronomical Society, Gallan Head Community Trust, and Lews Castle College UHI, with additional support from Outer Hebrides Tourism and Natural Retreats.

Get involved!

Interested in putting on a community event as part of the first ever Hebridean Dark Skies Festival programme? Get in touch!

The Hebridean Dark Skies Festival is part-financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community Outer Hebrides LEADER 2014-2020 programme.