According to Visit Scotland, these are the best places to visit for a glimpse of the Aurora.

  • Shetland, Orkney and Caithness, such as Noss Head and Wick
  • Aberdeenshire and the Moray Coast, head for Nairn, Portknockie and Cairn o’ Mount
  • Lewis, Harris and the most northerly tip of Skye
  • The far north west of Scotland, for example, Applecross, Lochinver and north of Ullapool
  • The Cairngorms
  • Galloway Forest Park – the only dark sky park in Scotland
  • Rannoch Moor and Perthshire
  • Angus and the coast of Fife, including St Andrews and Kinghorn
  • Loch Lomond

England and Cornwall

  • The Lake District, including Derwentwater near Keswick
  • Northumberland has some of the darkest skies in England so is a good place to visit for northern lights hunters
  • Exmoor National Park in Devon
  • Southernmost parts of the Cornish coastline
  • North York Moors National Park
  • Peak District, including Mam Tor


  • Brecon Beacons
  • Anglesey
  • Snowdonia National Park
  • Stackpole, Pembrokeshire


  • County Donegal
  • County Kerry
  • County Sligo
  • County Mayo