UK Hotspots to see the Northern Lights this Winter

UK Hotspots to see the Northern Lights this Winter

Those seeking a winter road trip are being told of the best places to visit to view a starry night sky and catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

The motoring experts at have revealed seven locations around the UK and Ireland for star-seekers to set their sights on this winter.

Witnessing the Northern Lights is often on many people’s bucket lists and while it’s rare to spot them in the UK and Ireland, there are hotspots where people can get a glimpse.

The Lake District in Cumbria, the Isle of Anglesey in Wales and Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh are some of the locations where the lights can be spotted.

Tim Alcock, motoring expert from, said: “The Northern Lights can only be described as one of the most beautiful sights to ever lay your eyes on.

“While you can’t just look out of your window and hope the lights will appear, there are some locations in the UK and Ireland that have higher chances of them showing such as Wales, the Shetland Islands and Yorkshire.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience witnessing the Northern Lights so we highly recommend making the most of the darker nights to view the breathtaking display.”

Here are seven places where you can see the Northern Lights in the UK and Ireland:

1. Lake District, Cumbria

The Northern Lights have been spotted in the heart of the Lake District. The clear skies over Cumbria will make it easier to spot the lights and witness a starry night. Grizedale Forest has been named one of the best spots to get a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis.

2. Isle of Anglesey, Wales

The largest island in Wales will likely host the Northern Lights over winter as they’ve been consistently on display over the last few years. They’ve also been spotted in Gwynedd, Conwy and Denbighshire.

3. Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh

Arthur’s Hill is an extinct volcano that’s located in Holyrood Park. It’s one of the most popular spots in Scotland for people to go hiking. Be prepared for a steep walk to the summit as it can take almost two hours to reach the peak. If you end up missing the Northern Lights, you’ll still get to witness a breathtaking view of Edinburgh.

4. Shetland Islands, Scotland

The greenish, purple glow is likely to be spotted in the Shetland Islands. It’s one of the most likely places to spot them throughout the whole of winter, but make sure to visit when it’s a clear night sky.

5. Donegal, Ireland

Donegal has been named one of the best places in Ireland to get a clear view of the Aurora Borealis. The chances of spotting them are better when there’s no rain and the moon is shining brightly.

6. Whitley Bay, North Tyneside

The Northern Lights were not long spotted in Whitley Bay back in October 2023, with photos being taken near St Mary’s LightHouse. They’ll likely make an appearance once again and will be easier to spot as the nights draw in earlier.

7. Sandsend, Yorkshire

Yorkshire has been treated to the Northern Lights in early December with photos being taken from back gardens. The lack of street lights in Sandsend makes it easier to spot the colourful lights without them being covered by artificial lighting.