Dark Sky Ranger

The Dark Sky Ranger offers Dark Sky Tours in

Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park and South West Scotland

Dark Sky Tours can come to you!

The Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park is the best place for a Dark Sky Tour, because it has such low light pollution. That doesn't mean you can only view the stars from there. 

Get in touch, using the Contact tab above or clicking the Facebook link below, and we will identify the best location for a Dark Sky Tour near you!

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My earliest memory involves looking at the night sky. I even know the date: 5th February 1971! My grandmother told me that Apollo 14 had landed on the Moon and I looked out the window on a cold, clear night to gaze up at the southern skies. The Moon was high in the sky above a bright group of stars and she told me the story of Orion The Hunter. That was the beginning of my lifelong fascination with space.

As Dark Sky Ranger, I now get to share the legend of Orion and lots of other stories with the people who come to experience the night skies for themselves in Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park. On our Dark Sky Tours, we travel through space and time and every night is different. The most common comment people make is “Wow!” Being able to guide people in their exploration of the night sky is a real privilege and seeing their reactions when they see their first shooting star, the moons of Jupiter, or the Milky Way Galaxy arching overhead, is joyous.

What is a Dark Sky Tour?

It is a 2 - 2.5 hour, outdoor experience, starting with some practical experiments to help us get a sense of space and our place in it.

We then walk to where the Astro-binoculars are set up on tripods and spend the rest of the time exploring what we can see with the naked eye and the binoculars, with lots of facts and stories along the way.

Who are Dark Sky Tours for?

  • Everybody! Couples, families, groups of friends, anybody who wants to see how magical a truly dark sky can be.
  • Public events, which are open to all, are advertised regularly and need to be pre-booked to avoid disappointment.
  • Private events can also be booked, where you have the Tour to yourselves.

When do they take place?

  • Most events happen in the evening, although you can have late night and early morning experiences.
  • Between August and May, when the night sky is darkest.

What might I see?

This changes throughout the year and at different times of night, as the skies shift overhead.

  • The visible planets: Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, with occasional glimpses of Mercury.
  • Our own Moon.
  • The Milky Way Galaxy and the Andromeda Galaxy (our nearest galactic neighbour).
  • Constellations, like Orion, Leo and Draco.
  • Deep Sky Objects, like the Orion Nebula, birthplace of stars.
  • Bright stars, each of which has its own story to tell.
  • Shooting stars, meteor showers and satellites.


Dark Sky Tours

Winter has passed and the nights are getting shorter, so there will be limited opportunities for stargazing. I am now looking ahead to the Autumn and highlighting important events to look out for. Let's get planning!

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Due to the poor weather conditions in August and September, I have had to postpone the start of my Dark Sky Tour season until October 2023. Hopefully, conditions will improve and the stars will be revealled again in all their glory!

Sorry for the disappointment for all those who had hoped and planned to be out with me by now.

Would you like a Dark Sky Tour in your own area? Get in touch and I will find the best location.

Astro-Photography Sessions

Introductory sessions to help you get the most out of your own camera equipment.

Star gazing is a wonderful experience and capturing images on your own camera can be a real thrill. Whether it is a starscape, the Northern Lights, or an elusive, shooting star, astro-photography takes patience and the right settings. I can't teach you patience but I can help you get the best out of your camera.

Drop me a line if you want to be involved and tell me what equipment you have.

Don't worry, if you don't have a camera. I can still take your pictures for you!


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