Dark Skies

In 2009 the Galloway Forest Park became the first Dark Sky Park UK, and the fourth in the world. Named as a Gold Tier Park, visitors are often blown away by the breath-taking and rare star-gazing conditions when they come here.

Clatteringshaws, just six miles away, is one of the best places to enjoy the night sky. The Visitor Centre overlooks the darkest part of the Forest Park, so you should be lucky enough to experience a dramatic, stellar show during your stay. It’s a great place to visit during the day too, with stunning views across the loch, there’s a café with loch-side seating that serves a selection of snacks and treats. You can also stroll along the meandering footpath to the historic Bruce’s Stone, one of two stones dedicated to the Scottish king in the Forest Park.

Kirroughtree also runs events and has more information about the Dark Sky status in their Visitor Centre.

The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory near Loch Doon is 25 miles away. The four star VisitScotland visitor attraction features two large telescopes that enable you to explore the wonders of the night sky under internationally recognised dark sky conditions. (Sadly it is currently closed due to a fire, but we hope it will be open again soon).


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