Solar eclipse 2015: best places in Scotland to see it

Where to see the phenomenon, from Edinburgh's Camera Obscura to Shetland's Sumburgh Lighthouse

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Solar eclipse 2015: best places in Scotland to see it

So, you figured out where to buy your solar eclipse glasses, you think you look pretty good in them, and now you’re all dressed up with nowhere to go witness the phenomenon. If you’re searching for a place to go when the sun’s light is blocked out on Friday (starting 8.30am), look no more (no seriously, don’t look – it’s bad for your eyes).

Camera Obscura, Edinburgh
Good old Camera Obscura is opening its doors a little early on Friday, so that the eclipse-curious can come and see the event on their viewing table. They had a similar event the last time there was a partial eclipse, which was a rip-roaring success.

Outside Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh
An event has been planned with the Astronomy Society of Edinburgh, which will allow for a mass viewing of the eclipse. Loads of pairs of special glasses are being distributed too, so you can accessorise for the occasion with the suitable safety gear.

The Isle of Lewis
Yes, the Isle in general, but more specifically, close to Aird Uig. It is believed that up to 98% of the sun’s light will be blocked out in this area, which is about as close to darkness as you can get early on a Friday morning. In fact, it’ll be quite like a Saturday morning, when you refuse to open the curtains until at least 10.30am.

The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory, Dalmellington
A special solar scope has been installed, which will allow people to safely view the event at the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory. Sure, a solar eclipse is impressive in itself, but when you tell people you viewed it through a solar scope, you’ll sound like James Bond. Kinda.

Sumburgh Lighthouse, Shetland
As part of the Year of Light celebration, there’ll be viewings of the phenomenon from the foghorn platform and west seabird viewing platform (though it might be hard to see seabirds in the dark, so keep your bird seed at home).

Remember: never look directly at the sun, don’t take a sun selfie, and regular sunglasses just won’t cut it. Stay safe, kids.

The solar eclipse is due to begin at around 8.30am on Fri 20 Mar

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

Castlehill, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2ND

The eye-catching Camera Obscura building stands at the top of the Royal Mile and contains an amazing range of optical experiences across five floors. The 'camera' itself is a giant Victorian periscope offering an interesting 360° perspective on…

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