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Experience a True Dark Sky

Discover the Dark Skies of South West Scotland

For lovers of nature, experiencing a true dark Dark Sky is an absolute must on the bucket list! And South West Scotland is the perfect place to do it. Galloway Forest Park in South West Scotland, was the first Dark Sky Park in the UK designated by the International Dark-Sky Association.

South West Scotland as a whole has some of the lowest light pollution levels in the UK, so from almost anywhere in the South West you have a great chance to see spectacular night skies.

To enhance your stargazing experience, you could visit one of our observatories or book a dark sky guide.

And during the day there is so much for nature lovers to enjoy. From our numerous and wonderful forest parks, to our renowned gorgeous gardens, and our beautiful beaches, you’ll be spoiled for choice.

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Dark Skies & Nature See & Do

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Galloway Alpacas

Family Fun
Gatehouse-of-Fleet

Gilnockie Tower

History & Heritage
Canonbie

Dark Sky Ranger

Dark Skies
Dalton

Canonbie Heritage Walk

History & Heritage
Canonbie

Barstobrick Visitor Centre and Cafe

Activities
Ringford

Dean Castle Country Park

Nature and Wildlife
Kilmarnock

RSPB Mersehead Nature Reserve

Nature and Wildlife
Colvend

Cally Palace Golf Course

Golf
Gatehouse-of-Fleet

Gordon Young- 7Stanes Art

Arts and Culture
Dalbeattie

Robert Burns’ Ellisland Museum and Farm

History & Heritage
Auldgirth

Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere

Nature and Wildlife
Newton Stewart

The Moffat Community Observatory

Dark Skies
Moffat

Galloway Forest Park

Nature and Wildlife
Galloway Forest Park

Cree Valley Community Woodlands Trust

Nature and Wildlife
Newton Stewart

The Crichton Memorial Church

Churches, Abbeys and Religious Interest
Dumfries

Threave Garden and Estate

Gardens and Nurseries
Castle Douglas

NTS Rockcliffe Coastline

Beaches
Rockcliffe

Culzean Castle and Country Park

History & Heritage
Maybole

WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre

Wildlife and Bird Watching
Dumfries

Portpatrick Cliff Path Walks

Walking
Portpatrick

The Coo Shed

Cafes and Tea Rooms
Ayr

Glenwhan Gardens, Arboretum &Tearoom

Gardens and Nurseries
Stranraer

Sandhead Beach (Luce Sands)

Beaches
Sandhead

Dark Space Planetarium

Family Fun
Kirkcudbright

Ayrshire Coastal Path

Walking
Ballantrae

Climb Criffel Hill

Walking
New Abbey

Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate

Castles and Stately Homes
Thornhill

Galloway Astronomy Centre

Dark Skies
Whithorn

Dundonald Castle

Castles and Stately Homes
Troon

Elmlea Plants

Gardens and Nurseries
Newton Stewart

Grey Mare’s Tail Waterfall and Loch Skeen

Nature and Wildlife
Moffat

Southerness Lighthouse and Beach

Beaches
Kirkbean

Galloway Forest Drive

Nature and Wildlife
Galloway Forest Park

Crawick Multiverse

Arts and Culture
Sanquhar

Mull of Galloway Trail

Walking
Sandhead

Galloway Hills The Merrick

Activities
Newton Stewart

Greenan Beach

Beaches
Ayr

Broom Fisheries

Fishing and Field Sports
Annan

Wigtown Bay Local Nature Reserve

Wildlife and Bird Watching
Wigtown

Loch Ryan Coastal Path Stranraer

Walking
Stranraer

Glenquicken Farm Trout Fishery

Fishing and Field Sports
Creetown

Ernespie Farm Centre

Family Fun
Castle Douglas

Rigg Bay to Cruggleton Coastal Walk

Walking
Garlieston

RSPB Crook of Baldoon Nature Reserve

Nature and Wildlife
Wigtown

Broughton House and Garden

Galleries, Public Art and Artists Studios
Kirkcudbright

Adventure Carrick

Adventure Activities
Girvan

Mull of Galloway Experience

Tours and Experiences
Mull of Galloway

Shankly Memorial

History & Heritage
Cumnock

The Crichton, Dumfries

Activities
Dumfries

Powillimount Beach

Beaches
Kirkbean

Dumfries House

History & Heritage
Cumnock

Three Lochs Riding Stables

Horse Riding
Newton Stewart

The Striding Arches – Land Art in Dumfries & Galloway

Arts and Culture
Nithsdale

Aldouran Wetland Garden Leswalt

Nature and Wildlife
Leswalt

The Scottish Borderland Reiver Trail 60

Tours and Experiences
Canonbie

Corton Plants

Gardens and Nurseries
Ayr

St Ninian`s Cave

Churches, Abbeys and Religious Interest
Whithorn

Ae Forest

Parks and Woodlands
Dumfries

Cream o’ Galloway

Family Fun
Gatehouse-of-Fleet

Mabie Forest Park

Nature and Wildlife
Dumfries

Cafe at Clatteringshaws

Cafes and Tea Rooms
Galloway Forest Park

Stranraer and District Angling Association

Fishing and Field Sports
Stranraer

Galloway Activity Centre

Adventure Activities
Loch Ken

Blackstone Clydesdales and DIG-a-Day Experience

Horse Riding
Cumnock

Easterbrook Hall

Arts and Culture
Dumfries

Logan Botanic Garden

Gardens and Nurseries
Port Logan

Langholm Walks

Walking
Langholm

Castle Kennedy Gardens

Gardens and Nurseries
Stranraer

Bruntis Loch @ Kirroughtree -Galloway Forest Park

Nature and Wildlife
Galloway Forest Park

Moat Brae Birthplace of Peter Pan

Literature
Dumfries

Sandyhills Beach

Beaches
Colvend

Ae Forest Bike Shop and Cafe

Biking and Cycling
Thornhill

Newton Stewart Walking Festival

Events
Newton Stewart

Galloway International Dark Sky Park

Dark Skies
Galloway Forest Park

Loch Skerrow Halt

History & Heritage
Mossdale

Roundhouse at Loch Doon

Food and Drink
Loch Doon
 

Dark Skies Accommodation

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Sea View Snugs at Laggan

B&B / Guest house
Gatehouse-of-Fleet
Escape and connect with nature, connect with yourself and connect with life's simple pleasures in our Sea View Snugs.

Penninghame Estate

Self Catering
Newton Stewart
Penninghame House and Gardens  on the Penninghame Estate is a luxury holiday destination in Dumfries and Galloway.

Pirleyhill Pods

Camping and Caravans
Girvan
Sleeps 2
A luxury glamping pod experience. Each pod also has its own private hot tub.

Balnab Farm Self Catering Holidays

Self Catering
Whithorn
The perfect place for families who just want to relax and know the kids are safe or even for couples in the beautiful shepherds hut.

Mull of Galloway Lighthouse Holiday Cottages

Self Catering
Mull of Galloway
Sleeps 6
Lighthouse holiday cottages at the most Southerly Point of Scotland.

New Galloway Holiday Cottages

Self Catering
New Galloway
Sleeps 8
Our two luxury and contemporary self-catering cottages are the perfect base for holidays in Dumfries and Galloway in south-west Scotland.

Craigadam Self Catering Cottage

Self Catering
Castle Douglas
Sleeps 6
Craigadam Self Catering Cottage makes for a perfect, romantic location for honeymoons, celebrations and family breaks alike.  

Knockinaam House

Self Catering
Mull of Galloway
Sleeps 8
Knockinaam House  has everything you need for a lovely, relaxing family holiday or a romantic break

Glenhoul Brae Holiday Cottage

Self Catering
St. Johns Town of Dalry
Sleeps 10
A new build eco home, Glenhoul Brae Holiday Home is located in an elevated position with spectacular views over the Galloway Forest Park.

Barnharrow Holiday Pods

Camping and Caravans
Kirkcowan
Sleeps 2
Experience the stunning, rugged beauty of the Galloway wilderness in complete comfort!

Rosebank & Newbreeze, Port Logan Holiday Cottage

Self Catering
Port Logan
Sleeps 6
With a glass of wine, the fresh sea air you can relax and watch the sun setting over the sea – just what holidays are all about.

Wigwam Holidays Wigtown

Camping and Caravans
Wigtown
Sleeps 4
The unspoilt beauty of this south west corner of Scotland is the perfect antidote to the hurly burly of modern life. Wake up with the cows and sheep grazing quietly in the adjacent field.

Elsay May Lodges

Self Catering
Turnberry
Sleeps 8
Cosy up on those long dark nights, in front of the little Hygge woodburning stove, and enjoy your favourite tipple or a hot drink from the stove kettle as the flames flicker.

Solway Coast Motorhome Hire

Camping and Caravans
Dumfries
Sleeps 6
Luxurious motorhome hire in the South West of Scotland

Glenapp Castle

Hotels and Inns
Ballantrae
Sleeps 34
Once inside our luxury 5 star castle hotel a world of Victorian splendour is yours. A place to be inspired, reflect, recharge and reconnect

Ross Bay Retreat

Self Catering
Kirkcudbright
Sleeps 4
A quartet of self catering holiday cottages set up alongside the working farm at Ross Bay. Refurbished to a high standard, our pet friendly cottages are a home from home.

Hillhead Farm Pods

Camping and Caravans
Auldgirth
Sleeps 4
whether it be a romantic country getaway or a time to relax and unwind with your nearest & dearest, Hillhead Farm can provide a beautiful view and a cosy farm setting.

Slogarie Estate

Self Catering
Castle Douglas
Sleeps 10
With woodland walks; scenic cycle routes and local lochs there are no shortage of places to explore. We are in a Dark Skies National Park and are surrounded by nature and our own private 70 acres.

The Roundhouse

Self Catering
Creetown
Sleeps 2
From the large panoramic windows in The Roundhouse enjoy stunning views and beautiful sunsets over Wigtown Bay. Breathe in the fresh sea air by taking a stroll down by the shore.

Glenquicken Farm

Self Catering
Creetown
Glenquicken is a working farm with sheep, horses, hens, pedigree Galloway cattle and working dogs. We also run a trout fishery. 

Garheugh Farm Holiday Cottage

Self Catering
Port William
Sleeps 4
A  traditional stone cottage standing in it's own gardens with lovely open views over the shores of Luce Bay.

Marthrown of Mabie

Self Catering
Dumfries
Sleeps 26
Marthrown is a place to "dream and get away"

Motorhomejourney.com

Camping and Caravans
Whithorn
Sleeps 4
Start your amazing trip around the South West of Scotland in this amazing motorhome.

Rockhall

B&B / Guest house
Dumfries
Sleeps 6
a 16th century Tower House set in an idyllic location, well situated for exploring Southwest Scotland.

Craigadam Country House Hotel B&B

B&B / Guest house
Castle Douglas
 Our rooms are all individually themed, taking inspiration from Scottish designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Queen Victoria, among others.

Faldarroch Farm

Self Catering
Whithorn
Sleeps 5
Faldarroch Farm is i an unspoilt example of a complete Victorian small dairy farm, dating from the late Improvement era

Kirkbride Farm Holiday Cottages

Self Catering
Port Logan
Sleeps 28
With large fishing ponds, a wild boar park, ancient woodland and spectacular views of the sea and rolling countryside stretching to the Galloway Hills and beyond. T

Up-Yonder Holiday Cottage

Self Catering
Glen Luce
Sleeps 7
Surrounded by farmland on the hill overlooking the village of Glen Luce you really will feel away from it all when you’re “Up Yonder.”

Scotts Trails Motorhome Hire

Camping and Caravans
Newton Stewart
Sleeps 6
experience the stunning sights that Scotland has to offer, creating cherished memories that will last a lifetime. With breathtaking views around each and every corner.

Cally Palace Hotel

Hotels and Inns
Gatehouse-of-Fleet
Sleeps 110
You can step back to a time of period style and elegance while enjoying all the modern comforts of a four-star golf hotel.

Hensol Estate Holidays

Camping and Caravans
Mossdale
enjoy the tranquility of the country side, whilst camping under the stars of the UK’s first Dark Skies Park on the edge of the Galloway Forest within Dumfries & Galloway.

Garroch Glen Shepherds Huts

Self Catering
St. Johns Town of Dalry
Sleeps 2
Calm your mind, soothe your soul and reconnect yourself with nature! Garroch Glen Woodland Retreats in Dumfries and Galloway - Scotlands best kept secret!

The Wee Cottage.

Self Catering
Moffat
Sleeps 4
A luxury cosy and romantic retreat. The Wee cottage, Solway Place is in the heart of the conservation town of Moffat in Dumfriesshire, Southern Scotland.

Border Escapes Motorhome Hire

Camping and Caravans
Gretna Green
Sleeps 4
Looking for a holiday...? Why not try a luxury motorhome getaway?

Arbigland Estate

Self Catering
Nithsdale
Sleeps 31
From the luxury of the House on the Shore, bed & breakfast accommodation to the comfort of our self catering log chalets. We would love you to come and stay.

Queensberry House

B&B / Guest house
Moffat
Sleeps 6
Queensberry House is a charming three-room bed and breakfast – just for grownups – in the heart of Dumfries and Galloway.

Lochinch Castle Holiday Cottages

Self Catering
Stranraer
Sleeps 12
These beautifully renovated self-catering cottages retain many of their original historic features and offer stylish quality accommodation in a peaceful and private setting.

Craigengillan Estate

Self Catering
Dalmellington
Sleeps 6
"Where natures magic grows" Nestled deep within the grounds of Craigengillan Estate sit two beautifully restored cottages and our Glamping Pods

Craiglemine Cottage Caravan

Camping and Caravans
Monreith
Sleeps 6
has a great location on the beautiful Galloway coast with sandy beaches only a few 100m away. The generally calm waters of Luce Bay are great for swimming and windsurfers

Loch Doon Caravan and Camping Park

Camping and Caravans
Loch Doon
The site offers the perfect location for a quiet, relaxing break or for a fun filled action packed family adventure all surrounded by the famous Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park.

Cavens Country House

Hotels and Inns
Kirkbean
Sleeps 14
Romantic, quirky and independently run, we combine the best of boutique hotel accommodation with the relaxed feel of staying with good friends.

The Outdoor Hotel

Self Catering
Auldgirth
Sleeps 12
Here at the Outdoor Hotel we offer a chance to get back to basics, enjoy the simple style of living from a bygone era and recharge your batteries one sunset at a time.

Solway View Holidays

Camping and Caravans
Kirkcudbright
Sleeps 5
We offer an ideal destination for individuals, couples, well behaved groups & families to enjoy a wonderful Wigwam, Camping and Caravan holiday.

Little Laight Cottage

Self Catering
Cairnryan
Sleeps 6
Little Laight offers the perfect getaway for those seeking, solitude, tranquility, peace and quiet.

Selkirk Arms Hotel

Hotels and Inns
Kirkcudbright
Sleeps 35
Welcome to the Selkirk Arms Hotel, where comfortable accommodation, good food, friendly service and a warm welcome await.

Dialknowe Holiday Cottages

Self Catering
Wanlockhead
Sleeps 6
Incredibly peaceful with amazing views of the hills throughout the day and beautiful clear skies at night.

Galloway Activity Centre Accommodation

Self Catering
Loch Ken
Sleeps 83
A wide range of different accommodation on offer from budget bunkhouse rooms to luxury off grid eco-bothies.

Gorilla Campers Scotland

Camping and Caravans
Glasgow
Sleeps 4
Gorilla Campers Scotland are a small family run company based in the West of Scotland. Our family love to travel and go on adventures in our own personal van.

Signature Wagens Camper Hire South West Scotland

Camping and Caravans
Castle Douglas
Sleeps 5
EXPLORE SOUTH WEST SCOTLAND WITH ITS SOUTH WEST COASTAL 300 ROUTE AND BEYOND WITH OUR LITTLE CAMPER!   Finally a chance to escape and explore a little.
 

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