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 and one of few places in the world that’s protected from light pollution. Come nightfall, skies in this 300-hectare forest turn to an inky blank canvas peppered with 7,000 stars, which are all visible to the naked eye. The Scottish Dark Sky observatory organises stargazing events at the park all year long for guests charging approx. Dh30 per person for a 90-minute session. For details on cosy B&B and inns that you can set up shop in during your trip, visit gallowayforestpark.com.

Closer home you can reach for the stars without paying any astronomical fees with Oman’s Alila Jabal Akhdar hotel’s free stargazing tours for guests. The tour will be led by astrophysicist Dr Nathaniel Butterworth and includes daytime solar viewing from the sun deck through a solar telescope and night sky telescope tours that teach you how to set up a telescope correctly and photograph the night skies. Call +968 2534 4200.