Star gazing is the oldest scientific hobby, because before the invention of the telescope, stargazers didn't need any special equipment only their own eyes and a clear view of the sky to appreciate the wonder of infinity.
For many people, star gazing originates from the growing respect they grasp for the vastness of the universe, when you catch a glimpse of a star-filled sky or peep through your telescope. Stars are mesmerizing, and they beautifully fill the sky on a clear night, it is a great repose from a busy life - we have all looked at the stars right?
Learning the constellations is a great way to get to know our stars, starting with the brightest stars and the clearest formations, we can learn to spot constellations such as the Big Dipper, or the Orion.
We have found some lovely self catering cottages within the Dark Sky areas which have been officially recognised as low in pollution giving you some amazing scenic views.
Rose Cottage (Ref.15587) Exmoor National Park has been designated an International Dark Sky Reserve, the first place in Europe to achieve this prestigious award and only the second in the world.
The Hideaway (Ref.10818) A delightful, detached wooden chalet in the owner's grounds, near the rural village of Dalry and surrounded by beautiful Galloway Hills scenery, and near to the UK's first Dark Sky Park.
Old Hall Cottage (Ref.13654) This charming detached cottage sits in an isolated position near the secluded hamlet of Donkleywood in a designated International Dark Sky Park, within the Northumberland National Park.
Brynich Villa (Ref.2353) is in the Brecon Beacons National park, and is the first International Dark Sky Reserve in Wales.
Fehanaugh Cottage (Ref.1252) is a cottage in County Kerry, and County Kerry has an International Sky reserve that has been designated as Irelands first, one of only 3 gold tier reserves on the planet.
La Fanny (Ref. 8320) this villa is a few hours away from the Pic du Midi International Dark Sky Reserve as it's in the middle of the Pyrénées National Park encompassing a UNESCO World heritage site Pyrénées-Mont Perdu.