Carsphairn lies on the edge of the Galloway Forest Park and is the first Dark Skies Park in the UK and the first outside of the United States. 


The Scottish Dark Skies Observatory is on Loch Doon and the website has details of events and how to bok a visit  -


The Forestry Commission website suggests many places within the park where telescopes can be set up. For more information please visit the Forestry Commission website: and follow their links, or phone the Recreation Ranger on 01671 402420.  


For those of you interested in stargazing and learning more about the night skies, the Wigtownshire Astronomical Society aims to promote and advance public education in astronomy.  They can be contacted on or on 01671-404387.