A FIVE-page article published in this month’s Top Gear Magazine calls the roads of Galloway some of the best to be driven in the UK.
While most of the motorists in the area are complaining about potholes and cracked tarmac, the experts spent a few days cruising the network of roads which left them smiling from ear to ear.
During a visit supported by VisitScotland and the Forestry Commission, the magazine crew took to the roads in their Bentleys, Mercedes and Aston Martins in November after hearing about the Galloway Forest’s Dark Sky Park.
The article says: “The Galloway Forest is Britain’s first officially recognised Dark Sky Park - a region with such low light pollution that you can see every star, asteroid and probe-fingered alien orbiting the night sky. The boots of our roadster are packed with telescopes for stargazing later, but, while the sun’s up, the forest serves up an equally stellar offering: the finest roads I’ve ever driven in the UK.”
“The sky is clear, the mountains fringing the horizon are snow-flecked and Scotland looks gorgeous.”
The Top Gear publication has more than 1.79 million readers and international copy sales of about 1.5 million.
The national tourism organisation worked closely with the Forestry Commission Scotland to assist with locations, accommodation and itinerary suggestions. A crew of five from the Top Gear team stayed at Kirroughtree House Hotel in Newton Stewart enjoying some stargazing activity on their second night with Keith Muir from Forestry Commission Scotland.
Paula McDonald, Regional Director for VisitScotland, said: “We were delighted to work with Forestry Commission Scotland and assist Top Gear Magazine with their visit that had been inspired by the unique Dark Sky Park which is great hook to attract people to the region. Our PR team worked closely with the crew, providing them with itinerary ideas and accommodation during their stay. Touring is an important market for this part of Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway offers the very best in terms of scenery and accessibility to un-spoilt countryside.”