Dark Sky Community
Scotland, United Kingdom
Coll lies among the Inner Hebrides about 10 km west of coastal Argyll and hosts just over 200 permanent residents. It attracts dozens of bird species according to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, which owns an extensive reserve at the west end of the island and hosts one of Collʼs recognized night sky viewing sites on its land. Nature tourism in part draws thousands of visitors to the island each year.
A sparse population and geographic isolation make the night skies over Coll among the darkest in Scotland. The island adopted a quality outdoor lighting management plan to ensure Coll remains dark for many future generations of residents and visitors.