The night sky has to be one of the best free attractions on earth. Light pollution though means most of us rarely experience the sky in its true celestial glory.

Did you know from a city centre location we can see around 100 stars with the naked eye, but the further away from street lights you go, the better the view becomes? Under a really dark sky it’s possible to see over 1,000 stars and other celestial bodies including meteors and planets. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of a space satellite.

So where are the UK’s best stargazing locations? They’re a lot closer than you might think especially if you are a camper or caravanner. Many of the Club’s campsites are close to official Dark Sky Discovery Sites and other great stargazing locations, while others in their own right offer exceptional views of unspoilt dark skies. In you don’t believe us, next time you’re camping with the Club, gaze skywards after dark and see for yourself.

There are many enthralling dark sky locations all over the UK so to ensure your next camping trip is even more heavenly, here’s our star studded list of the best Club campsites for stargazing:

Skye Club Site

skye-StargazingSkye is one of the darkest sites in the whole of Europe. The huge canopy of sparkling sky above the island is ideal for stargazing. Although the night skies over our campsite can be spectacular the Waternish peninsula is claimed to be one of the best places on the isle to observe the night sky. See The Milky Way, Zodiacal light and the Aurora Borealis (the Northern Lights). 

Scarborough Club Site

The big open skies above the North York Moors National Park area ideal for stargazing. Particularly good locations can be found at Dalby and Sutton Bank both with their own observatories. The former is an official Dark Sky Discovery Site and the latter has Dark Sky status.

Scarborough and Ryedale Astronomical Society holds stargazing events at the Low Dalby Astronomy Centre the 1st Friday of every month between October and March and hosts the annual Starfest event at Adderstone Field, Dalby Forest. The date for 2013 is 22-24 August.

Teign Valley, Barley Meadow Club Site

Enjoy a summer stargazing walk in the Teign Valley courtesy of the National Trust. The one-mile walk starting from Castle Drogo, just a short drive from our Teign Valley Club Site, offers a fantastic introduction to astronomy beneath the huge open skies of the Dartmoor National Park. See here for a copy of the walk.