Galloway Forest Park
|Galloway Forest Park|
A map showing the location of the Galloway Forest Park (in red) in south west Scotland.
|Location||Dumfries and Galloway|
|Area||774 km2 (299 sq mi)|
|Governing body||Forestry and Land Scotland|
|Website||Galloway Forest Park|
This article relies largely or entirely on a single source. (October 2015)
Coordinates: Galloway Forest Park is a forest park operated by Forestry and Land Scotland, principally covering woodland in Dumfries and Galloway. It is claimed to be the largest forest in the UK. The park was granted Dark Sky Park status ("Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park") in November 2009, being the first area in the UK to be so designated.
The park, established in 1947, covers 774 square kilometres (299 sq mi) and receives over 800,000 visitors per year. The three visitor centres at Glen Trool, Kirroughtree, and Clatteringshaws receive around 150,000 each year. Much of the Galloway Hills lie within the boundaries of the park and there is good but rough hillwalking and also some rock climbing and ice-climbing within the park. Within or near the boundaries of the park are several well developed mountain bike tracks, forming part of the 7stanes project.
As well as catering for recreation, the park includes economically valuable woodland, producing 500,000 tons of timber per year.
The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory, near Dalmellington, is located within the northern edge of the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park. The observatory was partly funded by the Scottish Government and opened in 2012.
- Recreation at Galloway Forest Park at the Forestry and Land Scotland website
- 'Activity Tourism' from the Countryside Recreation Network
- Information on Hill Walking in the Galloway Hills
- Rock and Ice climbing in the Galloway Hills
- 7 Stanes
- 7 Stanes - Galloway Forest Park
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