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Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

Loch Doon | Dalmellington, Dalmellington KA6 7PZ, Scotland
+44 1292 551118
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Disappointing experience

I'll keep this short, but if its cloudy its a complete waste of time. I know I know it is an... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rice1990
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West Sussex, United Kingdom
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Finally got to go to the observatory last night after previous visit was canceled after arrival at... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Donna W
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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 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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  • Very good20%
  • Average2%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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“access road” (15 reviews)
“sat nav” (5 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Loch Doon | Dalmellington, Dalmellington KA6 7PZ, Scotland
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+44 1292 551118
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"access road"
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"well worth a visit"
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"the main road"
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"last night"
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"an adventure"
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"forest park"
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"memorable evening"
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"out of this world"
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"scottish weather"
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"would definitely go back"
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"different locations"
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"mid summer"
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"would recommend a visit"
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"clear instructions"
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"great night"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I'll keep this short, but if its cloudy its a complete waste of time. I know I know it is an observatory so clear skies are essential for the true experience, but this is Scotland after all so not exactly known for its outstanding weather....More

Thank Rice1990
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Finally got to go to the observatory last night after previous visit was canceled after arrival at meeting point, due to bad weather and a very steep uphill walk. Although we were disappointed at this we we pleased to be offered a rescheduled visit hence...More

3  Thank Donna W
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Reviewed 7 April 2018

We arrived 15 minutes into the Saturday evening session.The trip up from Manchester was interesting through the blizzards on the 17th! It was well worth the trouble though.The weather was bitterly cold but dry whilst there.The staff were very friendly and informative,a very enjoyable couple...More

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

A good evening with plenty of information to hand. Sadly the sky was cloudy but the staff made every effort to show the stars that were visible. A little chilly but that was to be expected where it was so I had no issues. The...More

Thank Martin H
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Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

My husband & I visited The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory last night. We were staying at The Travel Lodge in Ayr & from there took us about 45 minutes. The directions we were given in the email were spot on and even though it was...More

1  Thank Brenda N
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Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

I am not reviewing the actual Observatory experience as I didn’t make it due to getting lost on the very poor road approach. I am reviewing my experience of attempting to get to the SDSO and what happened thereafter. I wish I had read the...More

5  Thank Susan B
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Reviewed 10 March 2018

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory is a great experience for the amateur astronomer. The sky was clear when we arrived which made it all the better. The staff were great and had fantastic knowledge. The access road is poor though and has to be navigated with...More

1  Thank aliross1209
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Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

I was there with my 8 year old Grandson,clear sky and plenty of stars ⭐️ 2 telescopes and plenty of time to look through the telescopes, the gentleman new his stuff and was very informative answered. All my Grandsons questions. 1 negative point the road...More

1  Thank billyclark1948
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Reviewed 19 February 2018

The access road is so poor that I would not recommend this attraction. On the evening of our visit we parked in the nearby estate car park resulting in a steep 15 minute walk over rough (snow covered) terrain. This could be tricky for anyone...More

2  Thank David C
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Reviewed 17 February 2018

Make sure you read the email instructions on directions through the forest park in advance and leave plenty of time for the drive as the road is quite treacherous with large potholes which makes the journey very slow. The observatory facility is amazing and we...More

1  Thank Anne H
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Emma K
27 August 2017|
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Response from Mop55 | Reviewed this property |
I definitely would not recommend walking. Even if you are young and fit, it is pitch black. My husband was driving and we got lost trying to find it in our own car! It is very rough terrain. I advise a taxi there and back.
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Rhona139
29 March 2017|
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Response from Coco C | Reviewed this property |
Hi Rhona, We stayed in a lovely pub/hotel called kenbridge hotel. It's a 20min drive away but is based next to a lovely river which you can view whilst eating breakfast each morning. The price was reasonable and the owners... More
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Deepthi P
19 August 2016|
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Response from darkskyobs | Property representative |
T&C Town Taxis in Dalmellington offers a service from the village at a cost of around £6.00 each direction. You need to pre-book giving at least 24 hours notice. Contact Jim Ireland on: Tel: 01292 550100 Hope this helps... More
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