Wales is known for its stunning and varied landscapes but were you aware that there are specular sights to see during the night too?
Wales now leads the world in the percentage of its territory enjoying protected status for its night skies, with nearly 18% of Wales protected. Our National Parks offer many opportunities to star gaze. In fact, Rough Guides named the Brecon Beacons in Wales as the top location for viewing dark skies.
The International Dark Sky Institute selects destinations that have proven that the quality of their night air is outstanding and real efforts are being made to reduce light pollution.
Places to enjoy stargazing in Wales include:
- Snowdonia National Park is an International Dark Sky Reserve, only the tenth place in the world to gain this status.
- Brecon Beacons National Park - International Dark Sky Reserve (bronze status)
- Elan Valley - International Dark Sky Park
- Pembrokeshire Coast National Park – A Dark Sky Discovery Site
Images: copyright Keith O’Brien