Go stargaz­ing in Scot­land (or closer home, Oman).

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When was the last time you looked at the sky and saw the twin­kling of stars in­stead of blink­ing lights from sky­scrapers, air­planes and bill­boards?

In Scot­land’s Galloway For­est Park, nights are the dark­est they will ever be – it is, af­ter all, Europe’s only Dark Sky Park. Come night­fall, skies in this 300-hectare for­est turn to an inky blank can­vas pep­pered with over 7,000 stars. The Scot­tish Dark Sky ob­ser­va­tory or­gan­ises stargaz­ing events at the park all year long at about Dh30 per per­son for a 90-minute ses­sion. For de­tails on cosy B&B and inns you can stay in dur­ing your trip, visit gal­loway­forest­

Closer home you can reach for the stars with Oman’s Alila Ja­bal Akhdar ho­tel’s free stargaz­ing tours. Led by as­tro­physi­cist Dr Nathaniel But­ter­worth it in­cludes day­time view­ing from the sun deck through a so­lar tele­scope and night-sky tele­scope tours that teach you how to set up a tele­scope and pho­to­graph the skies; 00968 2534 4200.

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