Have you experienced the beauty of a true dark sky? The South of Scotland has some of the darkest skies in the UK and is the perfect place to star gaze.

The region is home to the UK’s first International Dark Sky Park, the Galloway Forest Park. On a clear night, you can see up to 7,000 stars with the naked eye (in most towns or cities in the UK you’ll only see about 100). Often visible is the spectacular arch of the Milky Way stretching across the night sky.

The town of Moffat, Europe’s first Dark Sky Town, sits on the edge of the beautiful Moffat Hills in the centre of the South of Scotland. Special street lighting has been installed in the town to minimise light pollution and let everyone enjoy the beauty of the night sky.

Right across the South of Scotland light pollution levels are much lower than in most other parts of the UK, so wherever you choose to visit you will not be far from spectacular dark skies. Make sure you follow our Tops Tips for Stargazing. Then all you need to do is to cross your fingers for a clear skies!