Gaze at the stars in the darkest places in Scotland to experience the beautiful and humbling immensity of the universe and see far-off stars and galaxies in the same way our ancestors did – without the orange glow of street lights and neon signs.
The clear night skies of the Galloway Forest Park have long held an allure for visitors to the park in Dumfries & Galloway, in the south west of Scotland. The park is one of only four designated Dark Sky Parks in the western world and the first one in the UK.
It’s amazing what you can see in the dark. The Galloway Forest Park is recognised as being a wonderful place to see as many as 7,000 stars scattered from horizon to horizon, shooting stars, planets, comets, the Milky Way and even the Northern Lights with the naked eye, thanks to the lack of light pollution.
You could also look up in wonder at the star-studded canopy in one of the Dark Sky Discovery Points, from south west Kintyre Argyll, right up to Caithness in the Highlands, as well as the town of Moffat, a designated Dark Sky Town, or set sail to the Isle of Coll, Scotland's Dark Sky Island. Or you can try the brand new Tomintoul & Glenlivet – Cairngorms Dark Sky Park, the most northerly in the world. No doubt it'll leave you with a sense of wonder.