Photographer captures Milky Way and Aurora over Loch Lomond

Student Reiss McGuire captured the stunning images from the loch shores.

Photographer captures Milky Way and Aurora over Loch Lomond Reiss McGuire via SWNS

An amateur photographer has captured a stunning image of the Milky Way seen through the night sky against the backdrop of the Aurora Borealis.

Reiss McGuire captured the Northern Lights shining across Loch Lomond beneath the Milky Way.

The self-confessed aurora hunter has dreamed of seeing the Northern Lights since he was little and was delighted when he received a notification on his phone they were nearby.

The 22-year-old rushed out to the Loch Lomond shores to try and picture the natural phenomenon but was stunned when he saw the Milky Way appear in the background.

Student photographer Reiss said: “I got an alert on my Aurora watch app so I headed out with the camera instantly.

“When I saw the Milky Way I was taken aback and had to recollect myself and focus on the shots.

“To see the Milky Way and Northern Lights in one shot this far south is definitely rare – seeing the core of the Milky Way in winter is a task in its own right.

“I parked up near a youth hostel on West Highland Way and set the camera up for some shots, it was around 11:30pm.

“I have pictured the Northern Lights once before but not anything like last night, it was astounding for this far south.

“I believe it’s only a matter of time before we see them again over this neck of the woods, they were amazing to see.

“I have always dreamed of seeing them since watching the Polar Express one Christmas when I was younger.”

James Kerr captured a video of the Aurora shining over Banff Links in Aberdeenshire.