3 Days Sightseeing and Stargazing in South West Scotland
Europe’s first Dark Sky Town of Moffat is the perfect base for those looking to see South West Scotland’s spectacular dark skies and and some of our most popular heritage sites.
From the amazing land art installation, Crawick Multiverse which was designed by Charles Jencks, to the historic and beautiful Drumlanrig Castle, to the homes and life stories of another star, Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns, there is so much for you to see and discover.
Opening dates and times vary across attractions. Please ensure to check opening times and availability directly with each attraction before you visit.
Day 1 - Moffat Hills and Dark Skies
Whether you like to go for a hike or just enjoy the beauty of the hills, the Grey Mare’s Tail Waterfall near Moffat is a great first stop on your visit to South West Scotland. Enjoy the beautiful view from the base of the falls, or climb up to even more beautiful views at Loch Skeen at the top!
Next stop, is Crawick Multiverse in Sanquhar. This land art installation designed by Charles Jencks, inspired by the cosmos, here you can walk through comet explosions and the Milky Way spirals!
Moffat is Europe’s first Dark Sky Town, so it’s the perfect place to stargaze. Why not join some of the experts at Moffat Community Observatory, don’t forget to book!
Stop 1 - Grey Mare's Tail Waterfall and Loch Skeen
Stop 2 - Crawick Multiverse
Stop 3 - The Moffat Community Observatory
A’ The Airts
Buccleuch Arms Hotel and Restaurant
Day 2 - Walk in the footsteps of Robert Burns
Robert Burns is Scotland’s National Poet and South West Scotland was his home. No visit to the region would be complete without getting to know more about the man, his life and his talent.
First stop on your Burns day, Ellisland Museum and Farm, built by Burns in 1778 for his bride Jean Armour. This picturesque farm is set on the banks of the River Nith and the idyllic setting was inspiration for many of his greatest works.
Next stop is Dumfries, where you’ll find the Robert Burns House, where he spent his final years and the Robert Burns Centre which is home to a museum about the poet’s life.
Finally, round off your day with a treat, at The Globe Inn which was often frequented by Burns. Book a Burns Tour to see where the poet stayed, or book a meal so you can enjoy a meal where the famous poet once did!
Stop 1 - Robert Burns' Ellisland Museum and Farm
Stop 2 - Robert Burns House
Stop 3 - Robert Burns Centre and Film Theatre
Stop 4 - The Globe Inn
Kilnford Farm Shop & Farmhouse Kitchen Cafe
Easterbrook Bistro, Bar & Spa
Day 3 - Step back in time in South West Scotland
Kick off your day with a visit to Scotland’s highest village, Wanlockhead, just half an hour from Moffat in the Lowther Hills. While you are there make a visit to the 18th century lead mine at Wanlockhead Lead Mining Museum to get a glimpse into the lives of the miners and their families.
No trip to the area would be complete without a visit to the spectacular Drumlanrig Castle. Both the castle and gardens are just breathtaking. If you’d like to visit the castle, make sure to check opening times and when necessary book in advance.