JBeaman Photography Astrophotography Specialist Jesse Beaman

Viridian Skies works with Accommodation Providers to offer Astrophotography and Stargazing holidays.


The Dark Skies of the South West Scotland enable a superb view of our visible Universe, making Stargazing conditions ideal. The range of accommodation options across the region is as diverse as it’s landscape. B&B’s, Hotels, Inns, Campsites, Cabins, Bothies and Yurts overlook ancient woodland, lochs, mountains, rivers and coastline. The creative potential is enormous, and the Dark Skies broaden that further by allowing the cosmos to be photographed in it’s unspoiled glory. Have a look at the accommodation providers below before contacting us to arrange your own personal Dark Sky experience.

House O'Hill, Barcrennan

Situated near Loch Trool in the heart of the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park, The House O’Hill Hotel offers single and double bed and breakfast accommodation, alongside a bed and breakfast or self catering holiday cottage. Surrounded by Lochs, Rivers, Ancient Woodland and Mountains, the Inn is perfectly situated for an adventure.

Galloway Activity Centre, Loch Ken

On the banks of Loch Ken, Galloway Activity Centre offers a range of accommodation, choose from their Bunkhouse Lodge (sleeping 20), Loch Side Cabins (2-6 berth), their brand new Eco Bothies, camping pitches overlooking the loch, a Tipi or a Mongolian Yurt.

Hillcrest House, Wigtown

Hillcrest House is situated on the southern edge of Scotland's Book Town which is a great location for birdwatching, golf, walking, fishing and much more. Overlooking Wigtown Bay, this family run 6 bedroomed guest house, built in 1875, provides comfort, award winning food, fantastic landscapes and it is a great spot for viewing the Dark Skies of Galloway.

The King's Arms Hotel, Castle Douglas

The King's Arms Hotel is situated in Dumfries and Galloway's food town - Castle Douglas. It is close to a diversity of beautiful locations and to the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park. Choose from Single, Double, Twin or Family rooms, or stay in your own self contained annex with two twin bedrooms, kitchen, utility room and living room.

The Coach House, Durhamhill

The Coach House overlooks the village of Kirkpatrick Durham, inhabited by a vibrant creative community. This large holiday home sleeps up to 14 guests which can be split into two sections and extra accommodation is available in the main house for up to 6 people.

Ross Bay Retreat, Kirkcudbright

Situated on the Solway Coast, Ross Bay Retreat offers self catering holiday cottages with beautiful sea views. An idyllic location surrounded by coastal countryside and photogenic views of the Cumbrian Fells and the Isle of Man across the Solway. A stones throw away from the sea, it is a fantastic spot for Stargazing.

The Anchor Hotel, Kippford

According to many “the loveliest seaside village in the whole of South West Scotland.” Spectacular views of the River Urr and the Solway. The Anchor Hotel offers single, twin, double and family rooms as well as an apartment sleeping 4. Traditional Scottish Breakfast is included to fuel your day in Kippford.

The Knowe, Carsphairn

Situated at the edge of the Galloway Dark Sky Park, this 'Four Star Gold' rated accommodation provides guests with a welcome and a comfortable stay. The Knowe has a new specially designed 'Starpad' in the gardens, surrounding countryside views and close proximity to Loch Doon. The Knowe is a great place to stay for a Stargazing Holiday.

Kirkholm B&B, Carsphairn

Twin, Double and Single rooms are on offer in this beautiful family home, ideally situated to explore the Galloway Dark Sky Park and all that Dumfries and Galloway has to offer. Stargaze in the private garden or explore the photographic opportunities on the doorstep; beautiful countryside with hilly horizons under a backdrop of stars. Kirkholm B&B is also close to Loch Doon.

The Bird's Nest, Carrick

Luxury Holiday Home moments away from the beach at Carrick. This suite-type accommodation sleeps 2, a perfect place for stargazing with an outdoor raised deck and remote-controlled velux widows above the bed! The Bird's Nest includes a kitchenette, wood burning fire, bathroom and several other luxury amenities providing a cozy, luxurious stay with beautiful views across Carrick Bay.

Knockniemoak, Portpatrick

Knockniemoak bed and breakfast is located 3 miles from Portpatrick.  Northern Ireland, the Irish Sea and Alisa Craig provide the backdrop for some beautiful seascapes. Stargazing and Astrophotography are ideal pursuits from this family run venue. Three double rooms, each with an en suite, make Knockniemoak a perfect location for Tour groups ranging from 2 to 6.

Cutcloy Cottage, Machars Peninsula

Cutcloy Cottage is a beautiful self catering venue located within walking distance from the Isle of Whithorn. At the Southernmost tip of the Machars Peninsula, it provides the perfect location for Stargazing. Seascapes with views of the Isle of Man and the Cumbrian Hills increase the beauty of this Outstanding Conservation Area. Cutcloy has 2 rooms and sleeps up to 5.

Criffel Lodge

Criffel Lodge, located near Sandhills Beach, is ideal for groups up to 6 who want a coastal location for a Stargazing Tour. It’s close to RSPB Mereshead, and the garden is regularly frequented by Badgers and Red Squirrels. It’s a perfect retreat for nature lovers and Stargazers alike.

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 JBeaman Photography Astrophotography Specialist Jesse Beaman