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About The Northern Lights

The Northern Lights are the earth's natural wonder, also called the Aurora Borealis and the Mirrie Dancers.

As the North of Scotland lies at the same latitude as Stavanger in Norway and Nunivak Island in Alaska it means that you are in with more than a good chance of witnessing nature's most spectacular light show, from the Peninsula.

The best time of year to witness this spectacle is the Autumn and winter months when the sky is dark and clear. We are lucky on the Peninsula as light pollution is at a minimum you have more chance to catch them as they dance.

The dancing Northern Lights are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth's atmosphere. The lights are seen above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres. Here in the North, they are known as Aurora borealis and in the south as Aurora australis.

The displays show many colours although pale green and pink are the most common. Shades of red, yellow, green, blue, and violet have also been seen.