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Valetines Astro romance visit

We visited on Valentine’s Day. This road to the observatory is no where near as bad as it is made... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Falkirk, United Kingdom
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Wonderful view of stars on a clear night

My sister and I visited in February 2019, the volunteers were a bit disorganised (one turned up 30... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Emma M
London, United Kingdom
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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...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Loch Doon, Dalmellington KA6 7PZ, Scotland
+44 1292 551118
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All reviews access road well worth a visit last night an adventure forest park single track road excellent information great night interesting visit really enjoyed our visit clear instructions short video informative talk excellent facility amazing experience the staff were great heavy rain
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Reviewed today via mobile

A very enjoyable and informative evening but unfortunately it will be my first and last visit! After expecting the road leading to the observatory to be difficult to drive on after reading the detailed instructions given after booking this event I was still not prepared...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We had a voucher for the experience and used it on a Friday night. The instructions given were clear and it was easy to find. I agree with other posters the road is not great especially the end steep near the observatory bit and our...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank GlasgowWinenut
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited on Valentine’s Day. This road to the observatory is no where near as bad as it is made out from these reviews. It took us 15 minutes from Dalmellington to reach the observatory following the very clear instructions emailed. My small Volkswagen polo...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Jmartin2608
Reviewed 6 days ago

My sister and I visited in February 2019, the volunteers were a bit disorganised (one turned up 30 minutes late) but one of them certainly knew his stuff and was able to show amazing photos that he had captured on his phone. The clouds hindered...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Emma M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We unfortunately got a cloudy wet night but talk and information was very interesting. The road in the rain going up and snow coming back was terrible. We got into lose small stones and got stuck and had to reverse back down and have another...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Frances L
Reviewed 12 January 2019 via mobile

Never in my life have I been greeted with such dull, miserable and rude staff. The woman in the office was a completely unprofessional and had a standoffish attitude. She was needing a good kick to the teeth in my honest opinion. I understand that...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank McCallTG
Reviewed 9 January 2019

Booked a Eveing with the Stars for our family. Weather forecast was good with a cold clear December night and the prospect of some shooting stars as well. It is quite easy to find using the essential e-mail directions though a few more signs wouldn't...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank CRK29
Reviewed 30 December 2018 via mobile

Although the sky was cloudy we still really enjoyed the visit: David the astronomer was very knowledgeable and we still got to look at the stars from an inside dome, were the sky night time sky was projected, while sitting comfortably on chair lounges. If...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank GT1016
Reviewed 9 December 2018 via mobile

I booked this for my 50th birthday. Never been to one before the weather was horrendous. Very heavy rain which I'm aware is out of their control. The road to get up was dangerous with the rain we were actually quite scared. I called as...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank dizzy1968
Reviewed 27 November 2018

Was present for the full moon last Friday. Although cloudy (and of course this is a risk you take), we managed to get a good view of the moon. Aside from the actual looking through the telescopes, there was some useful information to be shared...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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16 September 2018|
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Response from darkskyobs | Property representative |
Thanks for your query. Accessibility will depend on the length of your camper van. If it's over 5 metres long you won't be able to drive all the way up to the building. There are a couple of places on the access route... More
24 August 2018|
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Response from darkskyobs | Property representative |
Hi Ram, Thanks for your enquiry. Unfortunately, at this stage, we're not able to predict what the weather (cloud cover) may be like in November. It will really depend on weather conditions at the time. Last November we... More
27 July 2018|
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Response from darkskyobs | Property representative |
Hi there, Please can you e-mail your contact phone number to me at the SDSO and I'll give you a call on this subject (easier than trying to type out the info). I look forward to hearing from you. regards, SDSO Manager