Dark Skies2019-09-25T08:44:29+00:00

Project Description

Dark Skies


Our dark skies project aims to add an extra dimension to Callander’s visitor offer. With good quality darkness within easy reach of the town centre and clear night skies during the winter months; our project will designate a Dark Sky Discovery Site that will connect people with the wonders of the universe.

Aims & Objectives

This project will:

  • Provide volunteer opportunities to help survey the night sky at key locations in and around Callander
  • Identify the best places for viewing the night sky, using the Dark Skies Discovery Site criteria
  • Encourage people to embrace the cold and dark of the winter months in order to explore the night sky
  • Host a number of events and activities for residents and visitors to learn more about the night sky

Project updates

  •  The project kicked off with an evening of stargazing at McLaren Leisure Centre in November 2018 which was attended by over 250 people.
  • At the start of 2019 a training session as held for volunteers to learn how to measure the quality of the Callander night sky.
  • There will be more opportunities for volunteers to help with the night sky audit from October 2019. Please visit the volunteering page for more information.

Project Details

Partners include U3A Callander and West Perthshire Astronomy Group, Stirling Astronomical Society and the Core Callander Landscape Partnership Team. The project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Stirling Council’s Community Pride Fund.

News & blog

Project Gallery

Funders and partners for this project

Thanks to everyone who contributed and supported the project including:


Get Involved

As part of Callander’s Landscape Dark Skies project, we are looking for volunteers to help us audit the night sky in the New Year. We want to identify and
map where the best and most accessible places are for observing the night sky in and around Callander.

Full training will be provided and individuals, families, or groups are all welcome to get involved. If you’re interested in finding out more about this
opportunity, please email Julie on julie.wilson@lochlomond-trossachs.org or 01389 727 723

Email Julie to find out more
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