Morton Castle and Loch

Thornhill, Dumfries, DG3 5EH

Location description

Getting to this location is an adventure in itself however any effort is well rewarded with the castle ruins making an amazing foreground to any Aurora photo and dark skies above.  Note this location is poorly signposted so plan your trip thoroughly and arrive during daylight.


Aurora viewpoint

This location has been identified as a great site to spot Aurora with relatively low light pollution and clear horizons towards the North.


Go stargazing site

A place identified by the Go Stargazing team as a good spot to stargaze from. This is based on local light pollution levels, distance from nearby towns and cities and having somewhere safe to park. These locations tend to be remote car parks with no facilities.


Light pollution

This location is estimated to have light pollution levels similar to a rural setting based on satellite data from CPRE.

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The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.

When to stargaze at Morton Castle and Loch

This location's rural setting means it benefits from dark skies depending on the time of the year and lunar cycle. In the calendar below where you can see stars indicates when the skies will be dark and the best time to stargaze. Yellow areas show the adverse effects of daylight (bold) and moonlight (faded). Hover over a day to see darkness times or click on a date for more information.

Stargazing events at this location

There are no known forthcoming events at this location.

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When to visit

The best time to visit Morton Castle and Loch can be found on this dark skies calendar.

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