The best places for a stargazing vacation in the UK
There is nothing more romantic than sleeping under the canvas, with a sky full of stars – but it’s not good if the sky is always cloudy with light pollution. So where exactly should you pitch your tent, if you want to witness a heavenly spectacle from the comfort of your sleeping bag?
These are the best places for would-be astronomers to see meteor showers, according to a new study from motorhome rental company Camptoo, which compared astronomical peak times in various areas with the number of good campsites nearby, these are the best places for would-be astronomers to see meteor showers. annuals – which are visible now through August 23, and again in October, November and December.
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Tomintoul and Glenlivet, The Cairngorms
With maximum astronomical viewing hours and 25 campsites nearby, these remote areas of Scotland’s spectacular Cairngorms are the perfect place to spot the current Perseid downpours – but they’re also an amazing place to stargazing all year round. .
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With very little light pollution, high vantage points and wide horizons, Tomintoul and Glenlivet have both been awarded prestigious ‘International Dark Sky Park’ status – meaning they are two of the best places to observe the sky. nocturnal around the world.
Coll, The Inner Hebrides
This island in the Inner Hebrides, west of the Isle of Mull, is a secluded and wonderful place for stargazing. There are almost no street lights across the entire Dark Sky Island, giving you an incredible view of the night sky above with the naked eye.
Plus, the Hebrides are one of the few places in the UK where you might just catch the Northern Lights between September and April – so whip up the hot chocolate and keep your eyes peeled.
Northumberland National Park
This wilderness park in the north of England, boasting 400 square miles of stunning scenery, is the UK’s largest dark sky park.
There are plenty of campsites around the park, and by day you can walk to amazing sites including Hadrian’s Wall, Simonside Hills, and beautiful villages such as Harbottle. Pass us the telescope …
Galloway Forest Park
Just west of Dumfries, the Galloway Forest is the perfect place to camp and see the meteor showers – or stargazing all year round. It was in fact the very first Dark Sky Park in the UK, distinguished for its incredible viewing possibilities and rare stargazing conditions.
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Very few people live in the 300 square miles of forest and hills here, which means that about 7,000 stars and planets are visible without any equipment – including, typically, the silvery glitter of the Milky Way. The perfect place to camp and get away from it all.
Snowdonia National Park
The national park around Wales’ largest mountain, Snowdon, is not only packed with campsites, but it is also an utterly amazing place to watch the night sky.
One of the ten Dark Sky Preserves in the world, Snowdonia National Park is also the perfect place for a walking and climbing holiday.
Incredible views by day – even more incredible views at night. What’s not to like?
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