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Galloway Forest Park

Listed under National Parks in Scotland, United Kingdom.

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The sky over this park has been officially graded as the darkest over the UK - so this is now officially the best spot on the island for star gazing. It's also a good spot for red squirrel gazing, and for otter, Pine Marten, Black Grouse and Golden Eagle gazing. And for fishing for trout or salmon in the lovely looking lochs.

There are 27 marked trails running though the park, and as well as exploring the forest for gazing purposes, ramblers looking for a little more of a challenge can attempt the Merrick, the highest peak in southern Scotland - from which they can gaze on the Galloway Hills marking the edges of the park's borders. If you squint as you gaze you may also see rock climbers on the ice, and mountain bikers on the slopes.

Written by  Emilie Stokes.

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“The best star-gazing spots in the British Isles”

By Jeremy Lazell for The Sunday Times First Published November 22, 2009 On Monday, Galloway Forest Park became Britain’s first Dark Sky Park, scoring 23.6 out of 25 on the International Dark Sky Association’s scale of darkness. That’s… Read more...

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