Top 10 UK Hotspots for UFO sightings – Edinburgh tops list


Edinburgh, London and Leicester have been confirmed as the UK’s official UFO hotspots, according to research.

The study of 2,000 adults found 18 per cent of residents in the Scottish city are convinced they’ve had a legitimate sighting.

They are also most likely to believe aliens exist somewhere in the universe, even if they’ve never spotted one.

Nationally, almost half (48 per cent) believe aliens exist and 10 per cent think they’ve witnessed something out of the ordinary, with six in 10 (59 per cent) of these believing it was alien in origin.

The research was commissioned by National Geographic, ahead of the launch of new documentary series UFO’s: Investigating the Unknown, which began this week.

Viewers will be taken on a journey to uncover the truth behind the mysterious UFO phenomena that has captivated humanity for generations, as the top-secret Pentagon programme on UAPs (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena) of the US government is exposed.

Nick Pope, who investigated UFOs for the Ministry of Defence, said:

“UFOs are big news now, and a lot of people are reporting – and sometimes filming – extraordinary things.

“While many people are convinced these sightings involve alien life, most cases turn out to be misidentifications.

“The chances are that there’s intelligent life elsewhere in the universe, and even though the vast distances make direct contact a challenge, encountering an alien civilization would be the biggest story in human history.”

The study found that cities in the north were much more likely to harbour UFO spotters – with just Bristol and London the only southern cities appearing in the top 10.

Three in 10 (31 per cent) of all adults polled per cent believe humankind will at some point make contact with aliens from another planet or galaxy With Londoners most likely to believe in this eventuality, followed by those in Newcastle.

The other life

UFO-believers in Leicester also most often believe they’ve found actual evidence or had an experience proving the existence of aliens.

Of those who do believe in UFOs, 26 per cent just have a ‘gut feeling’ telling them it’s so. Another 12 per cent find it comforting to believe there’s other alien species out there just waiting to be discovered.

One in three respondents would like to see the Ministry of Defence’s UFO Project, which investigated reports of UFO sightings, re-opened – as it closed in 2009. And more than four in 10 (42 per cent) suspect the government is keeping information around UFOs a well concealed secret.

If the earth were to be visited by little green men and women, 41 per cent think they’d be here to carry out scientific study and 21 per cent fear they’d be harvesting the planet for raw materials.

While 14 per cent would imagine they were here for military reconnaissance, and 11 per cent wouldn’t be surprised to see the entire human race taken into slavery.

But if aliens asked their earthling counterparts to join the Galactic Federation – a supposed alliance of extra-terrestrial civilisations within the Milky Way – most Brits would want Sir David Attenborough representing the third planet from the sun.

Second on the list was Professor Brian Cox, with Barack Obama placing third, according to the data.

Nick Pope added: “Once again, Sir David Attenborough has been selected as representing the very best of humanity.

“He’s spent his life exploring and showcasing the furthest reaches of Planet Earth, so it’s no surprise he’s topped the poll for who’d be best to make first contact with ETs.”

Top 10 cities with the most UFO sightings

  1. Edinburgh
  2. Leicester
  3. London
  4. Sheffield
  5. Newcastle
  6. Leeds
  7. Manchester
  8. Birmingham
  9. Bristol
  10. Glasgow

Top 10 celebrities Brits want to represent the Earth

  1. Sir David Attenborough
  2. Professor Brian Cox
  3. Barack Obama
  4. Elon Musk
  5. Boris Johnson
  6. Greta Thunberg
  7. Bear Grylls
  8. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
  9. Will Smith
  10. Ricky Gervais
Chris Price