While the current solar cycle peaked in 2013 the northern lights are still occasionally visible from Scotland given the right solar and weather conditions.
Seeing the aurora was on my bucket list for a long time and I took a trip to Tromso in early 2013 to give myself a good chance of seeing it. Fortunately it paid off and I saw the northern lights three out of the four nights I was there. Being much farther north than Scotland this was an utterly jaw-dropping experience. Seeing a corona ‘explode’ directly overhead and lighting up the sky from horizon to horizon was a sight I’ll never forget.
Back in Scotland I’ve been lucky enough to see the aurora many times since, using the knowledge I gained in Norway about how to look for and photograph the lights. Since Scotland is on a lower latitude the aurora tends to be lower on the horizon and not as strong. But this isn’t always the case: I recall Hogmanay 2015 when we saw in the New Year by watching a strong auroral display dancing in the sky from our front doorstep.
If seeing the northern lights have long been on your bucket list too I hope the articles below will give you inspiration as well as useful tips.
Tips and advice
Sightings in Scotland and elsewhere