What are Dark Skies?
Scotland has some of the largest areas of dark sky in Europe. Dark skies are found in rural areas that are free of urban light pollution. From a city centre location we might see fewer than 100 stars with our naked eyes. Under a dark sky we can see over 1,000 stars. We can even see our own galaxy, The Milky Way, stretching across the sky.
(Picture Credit: www.cpre.org.uk)
The dark areas on these maps have less light pollution showing how special Scotland’s dark skies are.
Some good websites on dark skies are:
Philip’s publishes a Dark Sky Map of Britain and Ireland.