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Dark Skies Adventures

Adventures on the Dark Side

Discover the Dark Skies of South West Scotland

Do you love adventure holidays? Then why not take an adventure to the Dark Side in South West Scotland? South West Scotland is one of the places in the UK with the lowest light pollution and one of the best places to experience a real dark sky.

Galloway Forest Park is an International Dark Sky Park. It is also home to the 7stanes mountain biking trail centres offering world class mountain biking for all ages and abilities.

Or if you prefer watersports, there’s so much to choose from. There’s kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, even a wobbly waterpark!

Galloway Activity Centre even has activities you can try under our beautiful dark skies, like night biking or laser tag at .

If you’d like to learn about and experience the night sky, we have guides who can take you out and observatories you can visit. Or simply enjoy the spectacular night skies for yourselves.

 

Dark Skies & Adventure See & Do

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Glenwhan Gardens, Arboretum &Tearoom

Gardens and Nurseries
Stranraer

Gilnockie Tower

History & Heritage
Canonbie

Threave Garden and Estate

Gardens and Nurseries
Castle Douglas

Galloway Cycling Holidays

Biking and Cycling
Castle Douglas

Broom Fisheries

Fishing and Field Sports
Annan

Easterbrook Hall

Arts and Culture
Dumfries

Ae Forest Bike Shop and Cafe

Biking and Cycling
Thornhill

WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre

Wildlife and Bird Watching
Dumfries

Barstobrick Visitor Centre and Cafe

Activities
Ringford

Cafe at Clatteringshaws

Cafes and Tea Rooms
Galloway Forest Park

7Stanes Mountain Biking

Biking and Cycling
Nithsdale

The Quay Zone

Spas, Gyms, Wellbeing
Girvan

Mabie Forest Park

Nature and Wildlife
Dumfries

Ae Forest

Parks and Woodlands
Dumfries

Culzean Castle and Country Park

History & Heritage
Maybole

Galloway Forest Park

Nature and Wildlife
Galloway Forest Park

Galloway Astronomy Centre

Dark Skies
Whithorn

The Crichton, Dumfries

Activities
Dumfries

Crawick Multiverse

Arts and Culture
Sanquhar

Galloway International Dark Sky Park

Dark Skies
Galloway Forest Park

Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere

Nature and Wildlife
Newton Stewart

Arden Holiday Cottage Activity and Leisure Packages

Activities
Dumfries

Dean Castle Country Park

Nature and Wildlife
Kilmarnock

Adventure Carrick

Adventure Activities
Girvan

RSPB Crook of Baldoon Nature Reserve

Nature and Wildlife
Wigtown

Roundhouse at Loch Doon

Food and Drink
Loch Doon

Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate

Castles and Stately Homes
Thornhill

The Tamar Manoukian New Cumnock Pool

Activities
New Cumnock

Dark Sky Ranger

Dark Skies
Dalton

Rik’s Bike Shed

Biking and Cycling
Thornhill

Dark Space Planetarium

Family Fun
Kirkcudbright

Mull of Galloway Experience

Tours and Experiences
Mull of Galloway

The Moffat Community Observatory

Dark Skies
Moffat

Loch Ryan Coastal Path Stranraer

Walking
Stranraer

Gordon Young- 7Stanes Art

Arts and Culture
Dalbeattie

Galloway Activity Centre

Adventure Activities
Loch Ken
 

Dark Skies Accommodation

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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.

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.

Solway Coast Motorhome Hire

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Little Laight Cottage

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

Rockhall

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Mull of Galloway Lighthouse Holiday Cottages

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

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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

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. 

Border Escapes Motorhome Hire

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

Pirleyhill Pods

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

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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.

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.

Motorhomejourney.com

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

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.

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.

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.

Penninghame Estate

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

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.

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

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

Barnharrow Holiday Pods

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

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.

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.

Marthrown of Mabie

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

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.

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.
 

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