A new collection of vessels called 'Dark Skies'....recently the Galloway Forest Park (which is a few miles up the road from me) was awarded the first dark sky park in the UK by the International Dark Sky Association. This means it is one of the best places for stargazing in the world.
"Part of the selection process involved giving a rating via a sky quality meter, which measures the darkness of the sky overhead. The higher the quality meter reading the better the conditions for viewing stars, with the darkest reading, such as would be recorded in a photographers dark room, rated 24.
In major cities such as Glasgow, a likely reading would be about 15 or 16 on the scale. Galloway Forest Park was rated 23 on the scale, giving it a gold tier Dark Sky Park award status - the highest achievable" 16 November BBC News website