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Scotland has plenty of stargazing gems

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Stargazing at the edge of a Scottish forest makes you realize how huge the world is and how tiny we are compared to it. Stargazing is a meaningful hobby that helps you relax and escape the annoying thoughts you might deal with during the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This article is dedicated to the most beautiful places to enjoy the night sky in Scotland. And this country has a lot to offer!

Galloway Forest Park

In 2009, the International Dark-Sky Association designated Galloway Forest Park as the fourth Dark Sky Park in the world and the first in the UK. This park is huge—a 299 sq mi (774 sq km) forest has plenty of spots where the night sky is extremely clear. For example, you can head to the Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre or Loch Riecawr for open views over the water. You can also get great views from any of the three visitor centers: Kirroughtree, Glentrool, and Clatteringshaws.

Isle of Coll, Inner Hebrides

The Isle of Coll is a gem of Scotland’s stargazing culture. It hosts a stargazing weekend break called Coll & The Cosmos, which is designed to appeal to a broad audience. You don’t need to have some knowledge of astronomy to visit this event. The organizers will do their best to explain the magic of the night sky in a funny and easy way. The event features different large telescopes, Bluetooth-controlled telescopes, myriad binoculars, and a digital 6m indoor planetarium.

Royal Observatory

Royal Observatory is located in Edinburgh and invites everyone interested in stargazing. Every Friday night from October until April, the Royal Observatory Edinburgh hosts Public Astronomy Evenings, where guests can enjoy the sky and planets through telescopes and tour the observatory’s historic Victorian telescope dome.

Kintyre

Kintyre is one of the most stunning places in Scotland for stargazing. The west coast of Kintyre often offers its visitors an opportunity to view the Milky Way in all its glory. Since it’s a famous spot among stargazers, they throw regular stargazing events in the Argyll Hotel in Bellochantuy.

More spots

As you might have guessed, Scotland is abundant in stargazing spots. Here are a few more to help you choose your next destination: Newbattle Abbey, Assynt, Moffat, a hot tub in Ardgartan Argyll or Strathyre, Caithness, and Glen Nevis Visitor Centre near Fort William. The best time for stargazing in Scotland is from August to March, when the sky is at its darkest. We bet you will never forget the night sky in this country.