Wales is the first European country to get a ‘Dark Sky Sanctuary’. Where else can you go stargazing?

A tiny Welsh island has just won world stargazing fame. Ynys Enlli – a rugged outcrop off the mainland of northwest Wales – has become Europe’s first ‘Dark Skies Sanctuary’.

It is one of only 17 places around the world to achieve global recognition for their ultra-low light pollution and peerless stargazing, joining the likes of Aotea in New Zealand and remote atolls in the South Pacific.

A mountain blocks glare from the mainland, so the only artificial light is the faint glow of Dublin across the Irish Sea.

Enlli’s newfound fame has thrilled the surrounding community. The island itself has just two permanent residents, and they’re both over the moon.

Mari Huws,

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