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Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

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Address: Loch Doon | Dalmellington, Dalmellington KA6 7PZ, Scotland
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+44 1292 551118
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory occupies a fantastic hilltop site on the...

The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory occupies a fantastic hilltop site on the edge of the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park. This publically accessible educational observatory has some of the darkest skies in the UK and two large telescopes through which to observe the night sky.

The Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park was the first Dark Sky Park in the UK and Europe, and was award a Gold-tier status by the International Dark-Sky Association.

This new observatory includes a 20” Corrected Dall Kirkham telescope in a 5 metre dome and a 14″ Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope for a more hands-on, open air observing experience.

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Fascinating evening

Amazing and most definitely memorable evening. When you get here (after what is basically a dirt track up the mountain, not a pleasant drive but manageable), you're greeted by a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Stephen A
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I went to the new moon session last night 28.3.17. Unfortunately due to fog and total cloud cover we saw nothing in the sky. Nothing nada zilch! I still enjoyed the experience though- a tour of the observatory with explanations about telescopes and the night sky. Nothing else to say really. The access road was a real worry after reading... More 

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing and most definitely memorable evening. When you get here (after what is basically a dirt track up the mountain, not a pleasant drive but manageable), you're greeted by a very friendly dog. This dog loves attention and greets everyone that walks in! There is a video playing in the background, and as you look around the room, there are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

we visited on a full moon Saturday, travelled up from Norfolk, but unfortunately the clouds were too thick to see even a single star. However it was far from a wasted journey. We still learnt loads of amazing stuff and the volunteers put on some great presentations. Ignore the reviews about the terrible road up. Yes we did get a... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

This is absolutely worth a visit. Driving up, we were disappointed by the thick cloud and reckoned we’d not see much. Luckily enough the cloud shifted just as we arrived and the Observatory guys made sure that we went outside straight away to take advantage of the break in the weather. The 90 minutes whizzed by as the two telescopes... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

as most of the others have said wrap up warm its easier to open a coat than go back to car to put one on. we visited on the 20 Jan and it was very cold but a beautiful clear sky that night we saw Venus, Mars and Uranus planets , lots of stars Sirius was like a disco ball... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

Wrap up warm.I bought this visit as a Christmas present and the recipient rated it in her top 5 presents ever, The weather forecast predicted heavy cloud cover but on the way up the track the sky just sparkled into life .With a short introduction from the staff ,and the three Labradors, we went up to the viewing platform... spectacular.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

Attended with my boyfriend in April 2016. Was cloudy but the intro and instruction on star gazing was inspiring enough. Loved the crazy path access. Felt like an adventure. 100% recommend visiting. Thanks SDLO! :)

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

This is a very beautiful and interesting place to visit, if and only if you genuinely love star gazing. Traveling to this place is really like entering a forest. It's dark and deep. So once you book for Scottish dark night sky observatory, they will give confirm and give you the right address to their place. You just can't follow... More 

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Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

Our family of four ( 2 adults and 2 teens) visited the observatory on a chilly December evening. We actually debated whether to go or not as the weather at home (Kilmarnock) was very cloudy. We are so glad we made the journey! As previous reviewers have stated , the road to the observatory is challenging , however we encountered... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

I booked tickets with good intentions. I had family coming up from England and thought it would be nice to do something different over the Christmas period . Unfortunately it did not go to plan and turned into a nightmare . As I later read on trip advisor and can confirm,once you leave the main road you are driving off... More 

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