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Not so dark skies

Posted on 23 May, 2016 at 9:50

Beautiful Glen Canisp is one of two “Dark Sky Discovery” sites in Assynt, a place where the night sky can be viewed without any light pollution. Glen Canisp has “Milky Way Status” – the highest accolade.

This means that there is so little light pollution here that the entire Milky Way can be seen when the skies are clear, and what a stunning sight it is!

 

At the moment our sun is just passing the peak of “solar maximum” – the time in the sun’s cycle when we are most likely to see the Aurora, or Northern Lights. Aurora season was amazing this winter despite us having passed the peak of solar activity, with the lights visible on many nights. We are unlikely to see them again until after autumn however, as the summer night skies are too light.

 

However, another amazing phenomena is about to be visible from our northern skies - Noctilucent Clouds. Noctilucent clouds, or “Night Shining Clouds” are tenuous cloud-like phenomena that are the ragged edge of a much brighter and pervasive polar cloud layer called polar mesospheric clouds in the upper atmosphere, visible in a deep twilight. They are made of crystals of water ice. Noctilucent roughly means night shining in Latin. These clouds are little known to the public, but are absolutely stunning to see.

 

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I'll drink to that!

Posted on 23 May, 2016 at 9:45


 

For some time now we have been trying to obtain a licence to sell alcohol and organise entertainment at Glencanisp, and it has finally arrived. The many weddings that we have at the Lodge can now benefit not only from a bar at their reception, but also enjoy a drink from our “honesty bar.” Up until now, each event has had to apply for an occasional license, and this gives us the flexibility to offer more services than before, and more convenience for our guests.

 

The road to obtaining the license was made very smooth by David Inglis of the Highland Council Licensing Board, who was incredibly helpful all along. The only hiccup we had was when we put in our application form that alcohol would be stored in our Gun Room. This is a room that was used in the past for the storage of ammunition and has toughened glass windows, so we thought it would be ideal. Very soon however we had a visit from the police team in charge of licensing, wanting to know if we were planning to sell guns and liquor, our own version of the Wild West!

It was soon sorted out much to everyone’s amusement, and the friendly officers brought some beautiful weather up with them, and stayed a while to walk and take photos.

 

We now have to go about setting up our honesty bar in the Lodge. It’s planned to have a selection of malt whiskies and some organic beers for the guests to enjoy. Of course they can also bring their own, or order special items from our staff as well. All in all another great reason to come and visit Glencanisp.