Stargazing in Dark Sky Discovery Site

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Designated as a Dark Sky Discovery Site this location is accessible by members of the public and are officially recognised as excellent places to stargaze. Such locations often have free overnight car parking, some have toilet facilities and most do not allow overnight camping.

List of Dark Sky Discovery Site locations

Abriachan Forest Trust

Abriachan, Inverness, IV3 8LB

Aunt Phoebe’s Recreation Ground

Long Compton, Chipping Norton, CV36 5JS

Ballannette Country Park – Isle of Man

Ballamenagh Road, Baldrine, IM4 6AJ

Ballaugh Beach Car Park – Isle of Man

Ballaugh Beach, The Cronk, Isle of Man, IM7

Barrow Common – Brancaster

Common Lane, Brancaster, PE31 8DB

Battlesteads Observatory

The Battlesteads Hotel, Wark, Northumberland, NE48 3LS

Birling Gap

Birling Gap, Eastbourne, Sussex, BN20 0AB

Bowlees Visitor Centre

Newbiggin, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0XF

Breckland Astronomical Observatory

Great Ellingham, Near Attleborough, NR17

Brecon – Crai Village

Crai Village, Libanus, Powys, LD3 8YP, Wales

Brecon – Plas Dolygaer

Pontsticill, Merthyr Tydfil, Powys, CF48 2UR, Wales

Brecon – Red Lion Pub

Church Road, Penderyn, Powys, CF44 9JR, Wales

Butser Hill

Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Near Clanfield, Hampshire, PO8

Bwlch Mountain Lay-by

Bwlch Mountain, Near Treorchy, CF42, Wales

Camas na Sgianadin

Broadford, Isle of Skye, IV49

Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps

Carnewas, Trenance, Cornwall, TR8, South West

Carrick-a-Rede – National Trust

Whitepark Road, Ballintoy, BT54 6LS

Carricks Picnic Area

Derwent Reservoir, Blanchland, DH8 9PE

Cawfields Quarry

Cawfields, Near Haltwhistle, Northumberland, NE49 9PJ

Clan Donald

Clan Donald Centre, Armadale, IV45 8RS

Coed Y Bont Community Woodland

Pontrhydfendigaid, Ystrad Meurig, SY25 6ER

Dalby Forest Visitor Centre

Dalby Forest, Thornton-le-Dale, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT

Dolgoch Hostel

Abergwesyn, Ceredigion, SY25 6NR, Wales

Dunkery & Horner Wood

Exmoor National Park, North of Exford, TA24

Dunkery Beacon

Exmoor National Park, North West of Wheddon Cross, TA24

Durlston Astronomy Centre

Durlston Country Park, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 2JL

Elan Valley – Teifi Pools

Elan Valley, Pontrhydfendigaid, Powys, SY25, Wales

Elf Kirk Viewpoint

Near Tower Knowe Visitor Centre, Kielder Water, Northumberland, NE48 1BX

Fort Island – Isle of Man

Fort Island Road, Derbyhaven, IM8 1AA

Fort Victoria Country Park & Planetarium

Island Planetarium, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, PO41 0RR, South East

Garn Eiddel Car Park

Garn Eiddel, Near Maerdy, CF43, Wales

Garn Fawr Car Park

Garn Fawr, Trefasser, SA64 OJJ, Wales

Garrison Playing Field

Hugh Town, Isles of Scilly, TR21, South West

Gerazim Chapel

Cwmcerdenin, Near Garnswilt, SA18, Wales

Glen Canisp

Lochinver, Sutherland, IV27 4LW

Glen Wyllin Beach Car Park – Isle of Man

Glen Wyllin, Kirk Michael, Isle of Man, IM6 1AW

Glyncorrwg Ponds

Afan Forest Park, Glyncorrwg, SA13, Wales

Glyncorrwg Ponds

Ynyscorrwg Park, Glyncorrwg, SA13 3EA

Hamsterley Forest Visitor Centre

Hamsterley Forest, Bedburn, County Durham, DL13 3NL

Hendre Mynydd Car Park

Rhigios Mountain, Near Blaenrhondda, CF42, Wales

Kete Car Park

St Annes Head, Near Dale, SA62 3RR, Wales

Kielder Campsite

Kielder Village, Kielder, Northumberland, NE48 1ER

Kielder Observatory

Black Fell, Near Kielder Village, Northumberland, NE48

Kinloch Forest

Kinloch, Isle of Skye, IV43 8QY

Knapp Copse Local Nature Reserve

Knapp Copse, Near Honiton, Devon, EX13, Devon


Tain, Gillen, IV55 8GP


Kylerhea Otter Haven Car Park, Kylerhea, IV42 8NH

Leigh Woods – National Trust

Abbots Leigh Road, Bristol, BS8 3QB

Leitir Easaidh

Little Assynt, Lochinver, IV27


Llanerchaeron, Ciliau Aeron, SA48 8DG

Llanllwni Mountain Picnic Site

Llanllwni, Pencader, SA39 9EB

Llyn Brianne Dam Car Park

Llyn Brianne, Llandovery, SA20 0PG

Lundy Island

Isle Of Lundy, Lundy, LUNDY, South West

Martins Haven Car Park

Martins Haven Car Park, Near Marloes, SA62 3BJ, Wales

Maybush Copse

Cot Lane, Chidham, PO18 8SP

Mill Pond – Near Birts Street

Castlemorton, Malvern, WR13 6AA

Moffat Dark Sky Town

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway, DG10

New Decoy Great Fen

New Decoy Great Fen, Near Holme, PE26

Newgale Beach Car Park

Newgale Beach, Newgale, Pembrokeshire, SA62 6BD, Wales

Old Winchester Hill Nature Reserve

Old Winchester Hill, Near Corhampton, Hampshire, SO32 3LJ

OM Dark Sky Park and Observatory

Davagh Forest, Cookstown, BT79 8JH

Onchan Park – Isle of Man

Royal Avenue, Onchan, IM3 1RD

Oxford Island Nature Reserve

Derrymacash, Craigavon, BT66 6NJ

Parc Penallta

Penallta, Ystrad Mynach, CF8, Wales

Parkhead Station

Stanhope Moor, Stanhope, DL13 2ES

Penbryn Beach Car Park

Penbryn Beach, Penbryn, SA44 6QL

Poppit Sands Car Park

Poppit Sands, St Dogmaels, SA43 3LN, Wales

Pow Hill

Pow Hill Country Park, Edmundbuyers, DH8

Rollright Stones Ancient Monument

Little Rollright, Chipping Norton, OX7 5QB

RSPB Forsinard

A897, Forsinard, KW13 6YT

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

Craigengillan Lodge, Dalmellington, East Ayrshire, KA6 7PZ

Shooting Box Car Park

Ratlinghope Road, Church Stretton, SY6

Shrinkle Haven Car Park

Shrinkle Haven, Near Manorbier, Dyfed, SA70 7SD, South Wales

Skrinkle Haven Car Park

Manorbier, Tenby, SA70 7TT

Smeale Beach – Isle of Man

North of Smeale, Smeale, Isle of Man, IM7 3EB

St Agnes Head

Goonvrea, St Agnes, Cornwall, TR5, South West

Star Inn Car Park – Dylife

Dylife, Llanbrynmair, SY19 7BW

Stein Jetty

Stein, Isle of Skye, IV55 8GA

Stonehaugh Stargazing Pavilion

Stonehaugh, Kielder Water Forest Park, Northumberland, NE48 3DZ

Suffolk Coast Nature Reserve

Blythburgh, Halesworth, IP19 9NB

Surprise View – Peak District

Hathersage Booths, Hathersage, S32

Sychpant Park Picnic Site

Cwm Gwaun, Fishguard, SA65 9UA

Synchpant Picnic Site

Synchpant Picnic Site, Cwm Gwaun, SA65 9UA, Wales

Tarset Village Hall

Tarset Village Hall, Lanehead, NE48 1NT

The Putechan Hotel

Bellochantuy, Argyll, PA28 6QE

Trinity Hill Nature Reserve

Hoyton, Lyme Regis, Devon, DT7, South West

Troopers Hill Nature Reserve

Crews Hole Road, Bristol, BS5 8HX

Trumpan Car Park

Trumpan, Isle of Skye, IV55 8GW

Tyn Cornel Hostel

Tregaron, Ceredigion, SY25 6PH, Wales

Walberswick Car Park

Lodge Road, Walberswick, IP19 9NB

Webbers Post

Exmoor National Park, South of Horner, TA24

Westleton Common

Off Mill Street, Westleton, IP17 3BD

Wimbleball Lake

Dluverton, Near Tiverton, Somerset, Devon, TA22, Somerset

Wiveton Downs Car Park

Glandford, Holt, NR25 7JP, East of England

Y Bwa / The Arch – Cymystwyth

Cymystwyth, Aberystwyth, SY23 4AB

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