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Join local residents in North Ronaldsay to find out more about dark skies designation and the night sky above the islands.

The International Dark Skies Association is working to preserve the night sky for future generations, and Orkney's most northerly community is currently working towards becoming an International Dark Sky Place.

This special weekend of events hosted by the North Isles Landscape Partnership Scheme and the North Ronaldsay Astronomy Group will give those taking part the chance to find out more about the process and benefits of gaining dark skies designation.

Guest speakers over the weekend will include David Newland from the Tomintoul and Glenlivet Dark Skies Park, dark skies lighting consultant James Paterson, and representatives from the Caithness Astronomy Group. Activities planned include night sky photography, tips on using a telescope, a night visit to the North Ronaldsay Lighthouse and a talk on the planets.

Contact the North Isles Landscape Partnership Scheme for more information and to register your interest in attending using the details to the right.

The event is open to all residents of the North Isles with funding available for transport and accommodation in North Ronaldsay.