How to see the Northern Lights in Scotland
If seeing the Northern Lights is on your bucket list, wild camping in Scotland can provide you with the perfect opportunity to tick it off in 2018. Wild camping is an experience in itself, but catching a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis can make it all the more special – and you don’t have to travel abroad to do it.
If you’re wild camping you want to have the best (and warmest) time possible so here are our top tips for camping in Scotland and catching the Northern Lights.
Time your trip right
To give yourself the best chance of seeing the Aurora Borealis in Scotland, you need to get the timing just right. Your best chance of catching a glimpse of them will be late at night or in the early hours of the morning. Autumn and winter are the best seasons to see the Northern Lights.
You can sign up to receive alerts from AuroraWatch UK, and these will let you know when it’s likely that the aurora can be seen from the UK. The local conditions have to be perfect — for example, you might struggle if it’s a cloudy night – so if you can try and camp for more than one night to maximise your chances.
Choose your destination wisely
If the main aim of your wild camping adventure is to see the Northern Lights, you should put plenty of thought and research into choosing your destination. When the conditions are right, you might see the spectacle from anywhere in Scotland but certain spots will give you a better chance of catching a glimpse.