3 Days Stargazing in South West Scotland
South West Scotland has some of the lowest levels of light pollution in the UK, so it is the ideal place to visit for lovers of astronomy. It is home to Europe’s first Dark Sky Town of Moffat. It is also home to the first Dark Sky Park in the UK, Galloway International Dark Sky Park.
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
The first stop on your stargazing visit to South West Scotland is to Europe’s first ever Dark Sky Town, Moffat. The town adopted special street lighting to keep light pollution to a minimum in order to preserve their wonderful starry skies.
In and around Moffat there are gorgeous places to visit during the day, including the spectacular Crawick Multiverse, the dramatic Grey Mare’s Tail Waterfall and the majestic Drumlanrig Castle.
Then as darkness descends a visit to the Moffat Observatory is a must!
Stop 1 - Grey Mare's Tail Waterfall and Loch Skeen
Stop 2 - Crawick Multiverse
Stop 3 - Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate
Stop 4 - The Moffat Community Observatory
A’ The Airts
Buccleuch Arms Hotel and Restaurant
Blackaddie House Hotel and Restaurant
Day 2 - Kirkcudbright
Next stop on your stargazing visit to South West Scotland is Kirkcudbright, home to the brand new Dark Space Planetarium. Here you can experience a taste of space exploration and life as an astronaut on the International Space Station.
If after all that exploring you’re a bit thirsty, why not visit the Dark Art Distillery.
The combination of space and art doesn’t stop there, no visit to Kirkcudbright is complete without a visit to the Kirkcudbright Galleries.
Then for your evening’s stargazing, book a tour with the Dark Sky Ranger!
Stop 1 - Dark Space Planetarium
Stop 2 - Dark Art Distillery
Stop 3 - Kirkcudbright Galleries
Stop 4 - Dark Sky Ranger
Selkirk Arms Hotel Restaurant
Baytree House and Garden Studio
The Ship Inn
Day 3 - Galloway Forest Park and Whithorn
Final stop on your stargazing visit to South West Scotland is Whithorn, home to the Galloway Observatory. Here, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced star gazer, you can book an evening’s course to suit you.
During the day, go explore the spectacular Galloway Forest Park; stop off at Bladnoch Distillery, one of the oldest Scotch Whisky distilleries in Scotland; and discover the history of Whithorn at the Whithorn Trust Visitor Centre?