If you are interested in astronomy, or if you simply love star-gazing, then you are in the right place! Galloway is a region that suffers little light pollution and it is among just a few regions in UK recognised for clear skies. In 2009 it was announced that Galloway Forest Park was a Dark Sky Park - the first in the UK.
The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory - Nr Loch Doon, Dalmellington is approximately a 45 minute drive away and well worth a visit, it lies within the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park. The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory occupies a fantastic hilltop site on the edge of the Galloway Forest Park. It offers events throughout the year and is a must for stargazers and astronomers alike.