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Caerlaverock Castle Under the Stars

Fall in Love with the Dark Sky

Discover the Dark Skies of South West Scotland

If you want to see the sights of South West Scotland, stargazing under our spectacular dark skies should definitely be on your list! South West Scotland has some of the lowest levels of light pollution in the UK, so wherever you choose to go, you’ll never be far from a great stargazing location.

Galloway Forest Park was designated by the International Dark-Sky Association as the first Dark Sky Park in the UK and only the fourth worldwide. South West Scotland is also home to Europe’s very first Dark Sky town, Moffat.

And of course there are so many wonderful places to visit during the day as well. From fascinating history and culture to spectacular scenery and landscapes, you’ll be spoiled for choice.

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Dark Skies & Sightseeing See & Do

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Ae Forest

Parks and Woodlands
Dumfries

Historic Scotland- Caerlaverock Castle

History & Heritage
Dumfries

Historic Scotland- Glenluce Abbey

History & Heritage
Newton Stewart

Threave Garden and Estate

Gardens and Nurseries
Castle Douglas

Kirkmadrine Stones

History & Heritage
Sandhead

Robert Burns House

History & Heritage
Dumfries

Galloway Farmhouse Cheese and From Ewe to You

Food and Drink
Sorbie

Kirkcudbright Galleries

Arts and Culture
Kirkcudbright

John Paul Jones Birthplace Museum And Visitor Centre

History & Heritage
Kirkbean

Bladnoch Distillery

Distilleries and Breweries
Wigtown

Cumnock Heritage Centre

History & Heritage
Cumnock

Loch Skerrow Halt

History & Heritage
Mossdale

Aldouran Wetland Garden Leswalt

Nature and Wildlife
Leswalt

Castle Kennedy Gardens

Gardens and Nurseries
Stranraer

Gracefield Arts Centre

Arts and Culture
Dumfries

The Coo Shed

Cafes and Tea Rooms
Ayr

Thomas Telford, the man who made travel possible

History & Heritage
Annandale & Eskdale

Cample Line

Galleries, Public Art and Artists Studios
Thornhill

Historic Scotland- Cardoness Castle

History & Heritage
Gatehouse-of-Fleet

Shankly Memorial

History & Heritage
Cumnock

The Crichton Memorial Church

Churches, Abbeys and Religious Interest
Dumfries

Southerness Lighthouse and Beach

Beaches
Kirkbean

The Dick Institute

Arts and Culture
Kilmarnock

Small Print

Arts and Crafts
Castle Douglas

Galloway Forest Park

Nature and Wildlife
Galloway Forest Park

Easterbrook Hall

Arts and Culture
Dumfries

Ernespie Farm Centre

Family Fun
Castle Douglas

Robert the Bruce, father of a nation

History & Heritage
Galloway Forest Park

The Striding Arches – Land Art in Dumfries & Galloway

Arts and Culture
Nithsdale

Burns Country Run

Routes
Dumfries

Girvan Tourist Information Point

Arts and Crafts
Girvan

Cream o’ Galloway

Family Fun
Gatehouse-of-Fleet

Historic Scotland – Dundrennan Abbey

History & Heritage
Dundrennan

The Ship Inn at Drummore

Pubs and Bars
Drummore

The View

Cafes and Tea Rooms
Port William

Clience Studio – Angela Lawrence

Galleries, Public Art and Artists Studios
Castle Douglas

Burns Monument Centre

History & Heritage
Kilmarnock

The Gallery at Laurieston

Arts and Culture
Castle Douglas

Roundhouse at Loch Doon

Food and Drink
Loch Doon

Quintinshill, Britain’s worst rail disaster

History & Heritage
Gretna Green

Galloway Astronomy Centre

Dark Skies
Whithorn

Whithorn Trust Visitor Centre & Cafe

History & Heritage
Whithorn

Burns House Museum

Robert Burns
Mauchline

Glenwhan Gardens, Arboretum &Tearoom

Gardens and Nurseries
Stranraer

Broughton House and Garden

Galleries, Public Art and Artists Studios
Kirkcudbright

Hilltop Memorials & Public Art

Arts and Culture
Kirkcudbrightshire

Sandhead Beach (Luce Sands)

Beaches
Sandhead

Eskdalemuir Community Hub and Old School Cafe

Food and Drink
Langholm

Galloway Alpacas

Family Fun
Gatehouse-of-Fleet

Scottish Castles Route

Routes
Maybole

Dean Castle Country Park

Nature and Wildlife
Kilmarnock

Historic Scotland- Threave Castle

History & Heritage
Castle Douglas

Moat Brae Birthplace of Peter Pan

Literature
Dumfries

Wigtown Bay Local Nature Reserve

Wildlife and Bird Watching
Wigtown

Annandale Distillery and Visitor Centre

Distilleries and Breweries
Annan

Kirkdale Water Driven Sawmill

Museums and Industrial Age
Gatehouse-of-Fleet

Dunskey Castle near Portpatrick

Castles and Stately Homes
Portpatrick

Grey Mare’s Tail Waterfall and Loch Skeen

Nature and Wildlife
Moffat

The Stewartry Museum

Museums and Industrial Age
Kirkcudbright

Culzean Castle and Country Park

History & Heritage
Maybole

Dundonald Castle

Castles and Stately Homes
Troon

A’ The Airts

Arts and Crafts
Sanquhar

Powillimount Beach

Beaches
Kirkbean

Historic Scotland- MacLellan’s Castle

History & Heritage
Kirkcudbright

Ronald Rae Sculpture Exhibition

Arts and Culture
Creetown

Cafe at Clatteringshaws

Cafes and Tea Rooms
Galloway Forest Park

WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre

Wildlife and Bird Watching
Dumfries

The Mill on the Fleet

Museums and Industrial Age
Gatehouse-of-Fleet

The Belted Galloway Visitor Centre

Cafes and Tea Rooms
Newton Stewart

Kilnford Farm Shop & Farmhouse Kitchen Cafe

Food and Drink
Dumfries

Galloway Forest Drive

Nature and Wildlife
Galloway Forest Park

The Swallow Theatre

Music, Cinema and Performing Arts
Whithorn

Kirpatrick Macmillan- man on wheels

History & Heritage
Thornhill

The Baird Institute

History & Heritage
Cumnock

Loch Arthur Farm Shop and Cafe

Food and Drink
Dumfries

RSPB Mersehead Nature Reserve

Nature and Wildlife
Colvend

Ayrshire Coastal Path

Walking
Ballantrae

Saint Ninian, the first Christian missionary

Churches, Abbeys and Religious Interest
Whithorn

Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere

Nature and Wildlife
Newton Stewart

Crawick Multiverse

Arts and Culture
Sanquhar

Carsphairn Tearooms

Food and Drink
Carsphairn

Gilnockie Tower

History & Heritage
Canonbie

Doon Valley Railway

History & Heritage
Patna

Galloway Hills The Merrick

Activities
Newton Stewart

Sandyhills Beach

Beaches
Colvend

Cree Valley Community Woodlands Trust

Nature and Wildlife
Newton Stewart

Logan Botanic Garden

Gardens and Nurseries
Port Logan

Stranraer Museum

Museums and Industrial Age
Stranraer

Sorbie Tower

History & Heritage
Sorbie

Historic Scotland- Sweetheart Abbey

History & Heritage
New Abbey

Museum of Lead Mining, Wanlockhead

History & Heritage
Wanlockhead

Mostly Ghostly Tours

Tours and Experiences
Dumfries

Harrisons Coffee House and Beltie Books

Food and Drink Experiences
Wigtown

Creetown Gem Rock Museum

Museums and Industrial Age
Creetown

Portpatrick Cliff Path Walks

Walking
Portpatrick

Robert Burns’ Ellisland Museum and Farm

History & Heritage
Auldgirth

The Covenanters

History & Heritage
Sanquhar

Historic Scotland- New Abbey Corn Mill

History & Heritage
New Abbey

Barony ‘A’ Frame

History & Heritage
Cumnock

Thomas Carlyle’s Birthplace

History & Heritage
Lockerbie

Annan Museum

Museums and Industrial Age
Annan

Robert Burns Centre and Film Theatre

Museums and Industrial Age
Dumfries

The Moffat Community Observatory

Dark Skies
Moffat

Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate

Castles and Stately Homes
Thornhill

Dumfries House

History & Heritage
Cumnock

Burnside Tearoom and Fuel Station

Cafes and Tea Rooms
Sanquhar

The Wee Pottery – Kirkcudbright

Children's Activities
Kirkcudbright

The Globe Inn

Food and Drink
Dumfries

Rusko Art Holidays Galloway

Arts and Crafts
Gatehouse-of-Fleet

Barstobrick Visitor Centre and Cafe

Activities
Ringford

Gordon Young- 7Stanes Art

Arts and Culture
Dalbeattie

Savings Bank Museum

History & Heritage
Ruthwell

Dark Sky Ranger

Dark Skies
Dalton

Galloway Activity Centre

Adventure Activities
Loch Ken

Allan McNally Fine Art

Galleries, Public Art and Artists Studios
Colmonell

Cally Palace Golf Course

Golf
Gatehouse-of-Fleet

The Crafty Crow

Cafes and Tea Rooms
Gatehouse-of-Fleet

Bruntis Loch @ Kirroughtree -Galloway Forest Park

Nature and Wildlife
Galloway Forest Park

Crafty Distillery Tours & Shop

Distilleries and Breweries
Newton Stewart

Mull of Galloway Experience

Tours and Experiences
Mull of Galloway

NTS Rockcliffe Coastline

Beaches
Rockcliffe

Galloway International Dark Sky Park

Dark Skies
Galloway Forest Park

RSPB Crook of Baldoon Nature Reserve

Nature and Wildlife
Wigtown

Theatre Royal Dumfries

Music, Cinema and Performing Arts
Dumfries

Heart of Galloway Visitor Centre

Information Centres
Castle Douglas

Corton Plants

Gardens and Nurseries
Ayr

Sulwath Brewers

Distilleries and Breweries
Castle Douglas

Mabie Forest Park

Nature and Wildlife
Dumfries

Abbey Cottage Tearoom

Cafes and Tea Rooms
New Abbey

Greenan Beach

Beaches
Ayr

Jake Irving Ceramics and Coffee Shop

Arts and Crafts
Kirkcudbright

Gateway to Galloway

Information Centres
Stranraer

The Crichton, Dumfries

Activities
Dumfries

Five Kingdoms Brewery

Distilleries and Breweries
Isle of Whithorn

Dumfries & Galloway Aviation Museum

Museums and Industrial Age
Dumfries

Wigtown Book Festival

Arts and Culture
Wigtown

Broom Fisheries

Fishing and Field Sports
Annan

Rigg Bay to Cruggleton Coastal Walk

Walking
Garlieston

Elmlea Plants

Gardens and Nurseries
Newton Stewart

Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum

Museums and Industrial Age
Dumfries

Dark Space Planetarium

Family Fun
Kirkcudbright

St Ninian`s Cave

Churches, Abbeys and Religious Interest
Whithorn

Dumfries Museum

Museums and Industrial Age
Dumfries
 

Dark Skies Accommodation

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rockhall

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

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Mull of Galloway Lighthouse Holiday Cottages

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

Marthrown of Mabie

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

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.

Little Laight Cottage

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

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.”

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.

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

Border Escapes Motorhome Hire

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

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.

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

Motorhomejourney.com

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.  

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.

Penninghame Estate

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

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

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.

Pirleyhill Pods

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

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.

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

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.

Solway Coast Motorhome Hire

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

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.

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!

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.

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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