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Starry, starry night

Updated: May 16, 2023

You don’t have to know The Big Dipper from The Little Dipper, that Orion is a winter constellation and that Cygnus is a summer constellation, or where to find The North Star, to be a stargazer!

Stargazing is for everyone, even if you just love looking up at the moon and the stars on a clear night.

Thousands of years ago, people spent hours gazing up at the night sky. They found that by connecting the stars as if they were dots, patterns emerged that resembled animals, people, and things. Today, these star patterns are called constellations.

On a clear night in a dark sky location such as ours, up to 7,000 stars are visible to the naked eye compared to only 100 visible from most towns and cities. If you are lucky, you might even get to see a shooting star! Perhaps the most well-known constellation is The Plough. This is a useful one to orient yourself, as the two ‘pointer stars’ at the end of The Plough point to the faint North Star. You might also look out for Cassiopeia, Orion’s Belt, Gemini and Leo.

Here in the South of Scotland, we have some of the lowest levels of light pollution in the UK. Indeed, the region is home to Europe’s first Dark Sky Town, Moffat. The spectacular night skies of the South of Scotland are a must-see for lovers of nature. Light pollution across much of the UK means that many of us have never seen a truly dark sky.

Whether you are an avid astronomer or it’s your first time stargazing, a dark sky is within easy reach here at Tiny Home. With our hillside location, epic views and big open skies, many of our guests tell us how much they have enjoyed the wonder of the night sky during their stay here. Indeed, this has often proved to be a real highlight of their stay. With low levels of light pollution, we are a wonderful dark sky destination and you can enjoy the splendour of the night sky in some luxury.

All wrapped up and cosy, you can explore the night sky from our covered deck next to the outdoor stove, from the woodfired hot tub with a drink in hand or using our telescope to get a closer look at the constellations.

“The perfect cosy cabin to spend the coldest days of the last ten years! In such beautiful surroundings – amazing to see the trees heavy with frost, gorgeous skies, and on the 13th December, the Geminids meteor shower”.

When stargazing here, you will see different things depending on what time of year it is. Of course, the biggest factor is the weather as clear skies are a must!

We hope that you enjoy some unforgettable starry starry nights of your own when you stay with us. Just like Joseph & Ellen Ramsay-Watson did when they stayed at Tiny Home in April of this year. It is a pleasure to share some of the truly spectacular images that they caught on camera during their stay. Out of this world!

Just wanted to say another big thank you for having us at Tiny Home Borders last week. We absolutely loved it and it was everything we needed! We thought you may be interested to see some of the photos we took. We got up at 3am and made the most of the clear skies!

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