Scotchcoulthard is ideal for holiday accommodation to enjoy the dark skies of Northumberland.
The International Dark Sky Association (IDA) is the leading international organisation combating light pollution worldwide. The IDA awards the designations of 'Dark Sky Reserve' to those wild and remote places that demonstrate an ability to conserve the dark skies above them and are committed to providing opportunities for the public to enjoy them.

Cawfields Quarry

Northumberland National Park Authority, Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust and Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society were awarded the title of Northumberland Dark Sky Park in December 2013. This means nearly 1500 square kilometres of Northumberland has been designated an area to conserve and enjoy, making Northumberland, Europe's largest Dark Sky Park.

The pictures are taken at Cawfields Dark Sky Discovery Site situated a few miles away on Hadrian's Wall. For other local night photos please got to Visit Northumberland.

For more information visit The Dark Sky Project or Newcastle Astronomical Society.


A site recommended to look at is Heavens Above. They have an app that can be downloaded.


Scotchcoulthard Star Gazing

At Scotchcoulthard we have used a light meter to get  readings of over 21.5 which is the amount used to determine a dark sky status.

If you wish to star gaze there are binoculars, camp chairs, blankets and flasks you can borrow.



The Twice Brewed are now offering star gazing events and it is only a few miles away along The Military Road.

To book please visit their website and mention Scotchcoulthard!



The Battlesteads Dark Sky Observatory, is an accessible, public astronomical observatory offering talks, activities, stargazing and Astro courses to suit anyone from the absolute beginner to the professional.

Located in Wark, on the edge of the Kielder Water & Forest Park, under the very dark skies of the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park. The observatory offers the perfect compromise between the beautiful majesty of dark skies and the facilities offered by a 21st Century Countryside Village.

For more information please click here.

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Scotchcoulthard Farm & Self-Catering Holiday Cottages


Andrew and Susan Saunders
Scotchcoulthard Farm



NE49 9NH

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May Half Term - Sat 25 May - Sat 1 June


High Tipalt is still available.

Wednesday 29th - Sat 1st June

3 nights - £380

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