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Dark Sky Discovery Sites

Welcome to the brand new network of Dark Sky Discovery Sites!

England   Scotland  
North East Kielder Forest Observatory, Northumberland Moray Cabrach
North West Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre, Ennerdale Skye and Lochalsh Trumpan Carpark
South West Wimbleball Lake, Exmoor   Stein Jetty Car Park
East WaterWorks Nature Reserve, Lee Valley Regional Park   Knockbreck Primary School Car Park
South Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Hampshire   Kinloch Forest
Wales     Kylerhea
Brecon Beacons Mountain Centre, Libanus   Camas na Sgianadin
      Clan Donald - Steadings
      Clan Donald - Back Lawn
      Clan Donald - Front Lawn
    Lochaber Glen Nevis
    Midlothian Newbattle Abbey

Dark Sky Discovery Sites are places that:

There are two darkness ratings:

Have a look at our night sky pages for more about Orion, the Milky Way and other things to see. Other tips for visiting the sites are:

For full details of Dark Sky Discovery Sites, download the criteria [61KB .pdf].

These notes explain the criteria that are met by the places that are officially recognised as Dark Sky Discovery Sites (DSDS). We are not currently seeking nominations for further DSDS except through the programmes being led by the DSD Lead Partners in the English regions and in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Please see those Partners’ contact details via the homepage if you wish to find out more about their programmes. We hope to open up nominations more widely in the future.

The UK also has three internationally designated Dark Sky Parks and Reserves. There are large, dark areas which are specially protected.