The Hebridean Dark Skies Festival is an ambitious new annual programme of events at An Lanntair and across Lewis, including stargazing events, talks and workshops by leading scientists, film screenings, live music, theatre, family events, and more.

Our next Hebridean Dark Skies Festival will run from 7-22 February 2020, and the full programme will be announced on 1 October 2019. Watch this space!

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.

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

If you’d like to be involved in our 2020 programme please contact Andrew Eaton-Lewis at

Watch our 2019 festival trailer:

Read our 2019 festival programme: