Dumfries and Galloway

Much of this part of Scotland is covered by the Galloway Forest Park, consisting of moors, mountains, lochs and woodland. It is the largest forest park in Britain, and is the only Dark Sky Park for stargazing outside the USA. The area has very strong literary connections. Ecclefechan was the birthplace of Thomas Carlyle, and both Robert Burns and J. M. Barrie chose to settle in Dumfries and Galloway for periods of their lives. The town of Lockerbie was cast into the world's spotlight in 1988, when a Pan American flight from Frankfurt to New York via London was blown up, its debris showering down on the town and surrounding countryside. The Lockerbie case has dominated large parts of Scotland's legal and political landscape ever since.