Dark Skies

Dumfries and Galloway now have the first award wining Gold Dark Sky Park in the UK. The Forest Park has around 75,000 hectares of land, with limited numbers of buildings which means we can keep light pollution to a minimum.

With over 7000 visible stars to look at you are spoilt for choice. The Milky Way is clearly visible with the naked eye as are near objects. With observing instruments there is no limit other than the instrument itself.

The Cross Keys Hotel is ideally located for easy access to the suggested viewing sites within the Galloway Forest Park.

If you would like more information on the Galloway Dark Sky Park, please visit their website at http://www.forestry.gov.uk/darkskygalloway

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory