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The best locations in the UK to see August meteor showers

Camping and motorhome rental specialists, Camptoo, have studied the amount of peak watching hours throughout the nation and the popular camping locations that will offer staycationing Brits the best opportunity to see the showers, which typically sees up to 100 meteors light up the sky per hour.

The following locations are recognised as Dark Sky Places due to low levels of pollution and great public gain access to, so go and take pleasure in

Tomintoul and Glenlivet– Cairngorms

Cairngorms
This remote location in the north of Scotland uses a remote area to take in the dark skies and star gaze for the longest amount of time in the UK. Tomintoul is the greatest village in the Highlands and Glenlivet Estate is surrounded by high hills on all sides.

Coll
Another remote area of Scotland, Coll is an island off the west coast by the Island of Mull. While there is less choice for visitors– there are just 3 camping areas in the area– it ranks as the second best location in the UK to view the stars. At the peak of the meteor showers, the sun will set at 21:11, with a remarkable 3:43 astronomical golden hours in which to star look. The very best times for visitors will be 2:11 am– 04:01 am and 10:58 pm– 0:00 am.

Northumberland National Forest
A well-travelled location in the north east of England, Northumberland is a popular area among walkers and campers and is one of the very best areas to set up and wait on the skies to go dark. There are 10 camping areas to select from around Northumberland National Park and nearly three astronomical golden hours, with peak times from 2:28 am– 3:55 am and 10:30 pm– 11:53 pm.

Galloway Forest
Another area of Scotland worth checking out is Galloway Forest, just west of Dumfries. It was the first location in the UK to be recognised as a Dark Sky Park, but it remains among the less declared places with only 14 campsites for people to go to. As we travel further south, the golden hours start to drop but you can still get 2 hrs 42 mins of ideal star-gazing conditions between 2:44 am– 4:06 am and 10:36 pm– 11:56 pm over 15 daytime hours on August 12 to enjoy some daytime activities in between star-gazing

The national forest around Wales’ largest mountain has the most camping sites on our list, with 115 different websites to pick from for visitors. However, along with being a hugely popular treking and traveler location, Snowdonia will likewise provide an excellent place to take in the meteor showers this week. In between 3:12 am– 4:20 am and 10:20 pm– 11:27 pm there will be 2 hrs 15 mins of twilight time in which to perfectly view the night sky, making it a hugely popular area to go to.

Can’t go now?
Do not fret you will not miss out. The Perseid showers will not be the last chance to see meteors in the UK this year, with the Draconid (8-9) and Orionid (21-22) meteor showers due to peak in October at these same websites.

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