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Northern Lights- December - 2 kids

hiya,
am I crazy to even consider doing a trip to Scotland end December with 2 wee ones? I absolutely want to try and see the Northern lights this December, but we are new to Europe ( from singapore ) and it's our first winter with a 11 months old and 5 3/4 yr old. 
Should we / or not? 
We are die hard nature lovers and will be happy to spend 4-5 days admiring the wonder that's Scotland :)
21 to 26 th December.
What is the best place to head to for N lights? 
What is a recommend 4-5 days itenary ? 
We will drive in from London. 
Thanks a lot!
Tanul

Answers

  • HorizonsHorizons ✭✭✭✭ Member, VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭✭
    Hey @TanulKaps

    Scotland does get Aurora displays during the winter though not as frequent or famed like the Nordic countries. I have some suggestions / practical advice for your trip but bear in mind that I've only travelled across Scotland in non-winter months.

    - Get the Aurora Watch app (Android | iOS) or follow them on Twitter to get notified of significant geomagnetic activity. But do keep your eyes peeled for an Aurora regardless of what the app says :smile:

    - You'll have the best chances of spotting an Aurora the more north you are. Hence I think it would be a bit too much to drive all the way up from London to the northern bases of Skye / NC 500 / Orkney / Shetland. I think it would be wiser to fly up to Inverness and hire a car.

    - Winter weather in Scotland is highly unpredictable and can be harsh. Come prepared, especially for the winds.

    - A suggestion for where to base yourself for this trip would be Orkney Islands. I discovered this summer that a once a year event happens inside a 5000 year old stone age tomb (Maeshowe) on Winter Solstice (which is in the middle of your dates). So even if you do not see an Aurora, there is a chance of seeing something unique and special. Contact Historic Scotland to see if there are spaces left for this year.
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