Stargazing in Wales
Whether you’re a well-seasoned astrologer or night sky newcomer, star gazing is one of the most relaxing and romantic pastimes and is an endless source of inspiration for many. Here in the UK, we are blessed with some picturesque, rolling rurality that promises a spectacular show by both day and night thanks to the stunning scenery and lack of light pollution. The UK and Ireland are home to 12 IDA International Dark Sky sites, guaranteeing phenomenal front row seats for each divine nighttime display. With Wales being an ever popular location at Wanderlist, we take a look at some of the best spots for stargazing.
What is an IDA International Dark Sky Place?
An IDA International Dark Sky Place is an area placed under protection by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA). It is protected due to the lack of existing light pollution and the unbelievable clarity of the stars above. You can find out more about the exact types of protected areas here.
Where is best to stargaze in Wales?
If you’re wondering where some of the best Dark Sky sites are in Wales, look no further! Wales alone is home to a hoard of perfect places for stargazing and nighttime photography. With a refined range of perfect properties based in beautiful Wales itself, you can guarantee a special spot to lay your head after an evening of enchantment.
The Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales is an International Dark Sky Reserve, and is a truly secluded spot where sheep actually outnumber people 30 to 1!
Alternatively, you could venture west to the Elan Valley Dark Sky Park, based in a mountainous region within close proximity of our stunning Squirrels Nest Treehouse stay.
If you’re exploring North Wales, you can enjoy the Snowdonia National Park and its 2,100 kilometer territory of rugged, rolling hills that stretches into captivating coastal areas such as the Llyn Peninsula and Cardigan Bay. Conveniently close by, the Cargo Cabin at Trelan farm could be the perfect place to stay whilst you experience this stunning site.
When is the best time to stargaze in Wales?
Whilst we all love the spectacular pastel sunsets and drawn-out nights of summer, winter is undoubtedly the best time to set out in search of stars, bringing beautiful black skies and a clear, cold air that affords unbelievable clarity. With our stays operating all-year round, all you need is a flask full of something delicious, a blanket and a warm woollen hat to experience unparalleled stargazing in Wales.