Trip to Scotland

Scotland Stargazing in Galloway Forest Park

By Anita Draycott

Galloway Forest Park in Dumfries and Galloway is officially one of the best places for stargazing in the world, having been the first to be awarded the title ‘Dark Sky Park’ in the United Kingdom, and only the second in Europe, by the International Dark Sky Association.  Galloway has long been a favourite destination for astronomers and amateur stargazers thanks to the limited number of buildings within the forest park’s boundary and its huge size of 750,000 hectares, which all ensures that light pollution is kept to a minimum.

Stargazing in Scotland is a truly unique experience and offers the chance to view over 7,000 stars, including the Milky Way, all without the need of a telescope.  Sitting in the heart of Galloway and covering 300 square miles, the park is easily accessible for visitors from throughout the UK.  There are also a range of stargazing packages and accommodation providers who offer something surprising for those considering a winter break. 

www.forestry.gov.uk/darkskygalloway

 

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