The Galloway Forest Park in numbers
- 300 square miles
- 210 million trees
- 250 lochs
- 7,000 stars visible from here
- 2 7stanes mountain biking centres
- 1st Dark Sky Park in Europe
This activity-packed area, which spreads out across Dumfries & Galloway and Ayrshire & Arran, has 300 square miles of lush green forest, heather-clad hills and tranquil valleys.
The forests and moorland provide the perfect environment for wildlife to flourish and there are several special areas dedicated to different animals for you to explore. Keep your eyes peeled for the wild goat park, where this ancient breed roams freely, and for the park’s largest land mammal, the red deer. Pop over to the special viewing platform for a chance to spot the area’s rare black grouse and discover more about them.
Hop on your bike and enjoy the two 7stanes mountain biking centres based within the park, Glentrool and Kirroughtree, which have different graded trails and tracks suitable for family cycles and expert tricks.
See the stars in Galloway Forest Park, which was the first Dark Sky Park in the UK and is only one of three in Europe. Thanks to the wild scenery and lack of light pollution, the park benefits from great conditions for stargazing, so you can see thousands of stars and the Milky Way, all without a telescope. The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory is found on the edge of Galloway Forest Park, and offers fantastic facilities for gazing up at the clear skies.
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