Touring Scotland in a VW Camper Van gives you unsurpassed freedom to travel where you wish at a time of your choice, so it’s the perfect solution to take you one small step closer to the magnificent night sky that makes the country one of Europe’s best stargazing spots. With the UK’s first accredited Dark Sky Park and a constellation of Dark Sky Discovery Sites to choose from, you’ll be guaranteed an unmissable and unforgettable view of the heavens.
If you’re planning a VW Camper Van hire for your tour of Scotland, try to incorporate at least one of these special sites into your itinerary:
Cairngorms National Park
Recently awarded International Dark Sky Park status, the Glenlivet Estate in the Cairngorms National Park is the most northerly site of its type in the world. Despite its remote location, which makes it the perfect spot for viewing the Milky Way, easy access means you’ll have no problems reaching the site and, with a little good fortune, you might even glimpse the Aurora Borealis at the right time of year.
The Moray Coast
The Moray Coast boasts a number of Dark Sky locations along its length and, with its north-facing position, it’s another site that can be perfect for capturing the Northern Lights as well as being mesmerised by the blanket of stars above. Alturie Point is a particularly impressive site, while the bronze age burial site at Clava Cains makes for some truly inspirational photographs.
The UK’s first Dark Sky Park, the Galloway Forest is a favourite among amateur and professional astronomers. Not only does it get about as dark as you can imagine (scoring 23.6 out of 25 on the International Dark Sky Association’s darkness scale), it also boasts an observatory kitted out with telescopes to view the swirling galaxies above.
The pretty and bustling town of Moffat in Dumfries and Galloway is an official Dark Sky Town, thanks to its dark sky-friendly streetlights meaning there’s little light pollution to spoil your view. So long as the cloud keeps away, you’re guaranteed a view of the heavens that is simply unsurpassable in any other town in the UK.
With an array of dark sky locations from where to gaze into the depths of space, Scotland is the go-to destination for anyone inspired by the majesty of the night sky. Hiring a VW Camper Van from Kelpie Campers is the easiest and most memorable way to experience these unforgettable moments that simply can’t be replicated anywhere else in the UK. Give them a call today to discuss your VW camper van hire.