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'A Night with the Stars'
at Glenapp Castle

2014 Stargazing Packages

Stargazing in South West ScotlandWe are delighted to offer all our enthusiastic stargazing guests a chance to enjoy the wonders of the night sky in the castle grounds with expert guidance and advice from astronomer Steve Owens. 

Available on the following 2014 dates:

- Tuesday 14th October to Wednesday 29th October
- Wednesday 12th November to Friday 14th November
- Sunday 16th November to Saturday 22nd November
- Friday 12th December to Sunday 21st December

Our special ‘Night with the Stars’ dinner, bed and breakfast rate starts from £250.00 per person per night (minimum 2 night stay) and includes:

  • Complimentary tea and shortbread on arrival
  • Luxury accommodation in a Garden View Room
  • Three course gourmet dinner each evening
  • On your second evening dinner will be followed by Stargazing in the castle grounds with astronomer, Steve Owens. Steve is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (FRAS), in 2010 was awarded the Campaign for Dark Skies' annual award in recognition of his work on dark sky protection, and was named "Astronomer of the Year" by the Federation.
  • Full Scottish breakfast each morning
  • VAT at 20%

These special Stargazing rates cannot be booked online and should be booked directly with Glenapp Castle.
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Room Upgrades

- Large Luxury Garden View Room at £10.00 pppn *
- Luxury Second Floor, Sea View Room at £32.50 pppn *
- Luxury East Wing Suite at £37.50 pppn *
- Luxury Master Room at £82.50 pppn *
* pppn = per person per night

Dinner Upgrade

If you wish to upgrade to our full six course gourmet dinner, there will be a dinner supplement of £25.00 per person per night. Please let us know at the time of booking if you would like to enjoy our six course gourmet dinner.

Additional Nights

For guests wishing to extend their stay we are pleased to offer a special dinner, bed and breakfast rate from £200.00 per person per night in a Garden View Room. This rate includes a three course gourmet dinner and full Scottish breakfast in the morning.

The Seven Sisters The Andromeda Galaxy The Orion Nebula
The Seven Sisters Andromeda Galaxy The Orion Nebula
Why enjoy stargazing holidays in South West Scotland?

Stargazing in South West ScotlandThe Forestry Commission of Scotland has established the nearby Galloway Forest Park as the first ever ‘Dark Sky Park’ in the UK, and one of only five in the world.  Announced on Monday the 16th November 2009 in the International Year of Astronomy, this is an exciting development for the UK and for the south West of Scotland.

What is a Dark Sky Park?

The International Dark Sky Association (IDA) awards deserving parks around the world the status of ‘Dark Sky Park’. They define a dark sky park as: “a park possessing exceptional starry night skies and natural nocturnal habitat where light pollution is mitigated and natural darkness is valuable as an important educational, cultural, scenic and natural resource”.

What does The Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park have that is so special?

Very dark skies indeed! From a city street, you might be able to see a few dozen of the brightest stars in the sky.  In this area, on a clear night, you will be dazzled by thousands upon thousands of stars. 

Just how dark are the skies in Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park? 

Astronomers measure the darkness of the sky on the Bortle Scale, a nine point scale that describes the level of light pollution overhead.  Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park has a Bortle class of 2, defined as a “truly dark site”. The only class of sky darker than this is class 1, “utterly unpolluted sky”. Nowhere in the UK, or indeed mainland Europe for that matter, has a sky with Bortle class 1, so the skies above The Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park are certainly amongst the darkest skies in the world, and probably the darkest skies you will ever see. 

Things you might see include: detail within the grey band of the Milky Way, other galaxies and nebulae visible with the naked eye, dozens of shooting stars, the northern lights and, of course, true darkness!

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