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Galloway Forest Park (Scotland)

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Orion Rising above Clatteringshaws Loch in Galloway Forest Park, Scotland. Photo by James Hilder.

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Designated

2009

Category

Dark Sky Park

Address

Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

Contact

Mr. Keith Muir
Website

Land Area

780 km2

Documents

Application
Press Release
2017 Annual Report
2016 Annual Report
2015 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report

About

Galloway Forest Park, established in 1947, is located in southern Scotland in the Dumfries and Galloway council area and is the UK’s largest forest park at 78,000 hectares. Approximately 20 percent of the park has been set aside as a central “core” for preservation of dark skies and wildlife, with a policy of no permanent illumination. The park is one of the very best places to observe the night sky in the UK, and its management recognizes the dark skies as a valuable resource and is committed to protecting and preserving them. The remoteness and sparse population of the area combined with the newly adopted lighting management plan ensure that Galloway Forest Park’s skies will remain pristine for generations to come.

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