Galloway's International Dark Sky Park
A Dark Sky Park is a place with exceptionally dark night skies, a place where people have committed to keeping those skies dark, by controlling light pollution.
In November 2009, the International Dark-Sky Association designated Galloway Forest Park as only the fourth Dark Sky Park in the world and the first in the uk.
But that's not all. The Galloway Park is really dark - a Gold Tier Dark Skies park. Very few people live in the 300 square miles of forest and hills in the park so nights really are black - apart from the stars!
How to visit?
There are Dark Sky information points at the visitor centres and at a series of sites across the Forest Park to help you identify the constellations and planets you can see. There are also panoramic viewing points at either end of the Carrick Forest Drive in the northern part of the Forest Park.
What will you see?
Over 7,000 stars and planets are visible with the naked eye from the Forest Park, and the bright band of the Milky Way is usually easy to see arching across the sky.
There’s a new show every night because, as we travel round the sun, we’re getting a constantly changing view of the stars. Which seasonal celestial displays will you spot?
- Visit the Dark Sky Observatory near Dalmellington
- Listen to our short Stargazing tips podcast (MP3 8.4MB)
- Get in touch with the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere's Dark Sky Rangers
- Watch Losing the Dark - a short planetarium video by the International Dark-Sky Association