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A very interesting session

We visited on 1 November and were lucky to get almost completely clear skies (although the seeing... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Coventry, United Kingdom
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Amazing experience

Optimum experience is clear sky and new moon although our night with a half moon still produced and... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Troon, 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, Dalmellington KA6 7PZ, Scotland
+44 1292 551118
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All reviews access road well worth a visit an adventure last night great night excellent information would definitely go back really enjoyed our visit forest park great visit interesting visit clear instructions short video excellent facility amazing experience the staff were great many thanks
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Where do I even start. An absolute nightmare to get to- it’s so badly sign posted, the roads are horrendous - if you value your car don’t take it. Stopping to open gates, driving over bridges composed of wood, sharp turns, rocky roads and overall...More

Thank naburke95
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on 1 November and were lucky to get almost completely clear skies (although the seeing wasn’t great), and the moon didn’t rise until later, plus it wasn’t ridiculously cold - we lucked out! The instructions on how to drive in are detailed and...More

Thank 589dianaw
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Optimum experience is clear sky and new moon although our night with a half moon still produced and amazing view of the night sky. Very informative and friendly host. Route up is a challenge in navigation but all part of the fun. Instructions wre spot...More

Thank AGScott0
Reviewed 14 October 2018

Certainly worth a visit albeit the access roads through a Forest require some diligent navigating (very few signs particularly when exiting). The telescopes are very modern but the cloud cover prohibited any meaningful observing. However the resident astronomer was fluent and knowledgeable and the film...More

Thank Barry M
Reviewed 12 October 2018

I was given a birthday gift by my daughter of a private session using the centre's telescopes.It takes a bit of planning if you want a session on a clear night to make the most of your visit but the SDCO are very helpful shifting...More

Thank petergthorn
Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

I definitely would not recommend this place at all, we got lost trying to find it, there was no signs to tell you where to go. The road is horrendous, my little fiat 500 struggled, you even have to open the gates yourself, so after...More

1  Thank kim-ber-ley5288
Reviewed 24 September 2018

Unfortunately, the night we attended it was cloudy and rainy so we didn't see any stars - not the fault of anyone! The guide was very informative and it was overall a nice visit despite the lack of stars. However the "road" up to the...More

Thank hophophop14
Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

This was our second visit...first was limited due to cloud. The access road is pretty formidable..an adventure in itself. This time we got a cold, cloudless, moonless sky. The astronomer was very knowledgable.

Thank douglast162
Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

Really enjoyed our visit to DSOS, the astronomer leading the visit was eloquent and naturally enthusiastic and we all learned about the night sky and had ample opportunities to look through the telescopes. The drive to the site is tricky, but very detailed instructions emailed...More

Thank Emily S
Reviewed 5 August 2018

Great fun evening. Resourceful team ensured that even with a cloudy start we were well entertained and educated. The plans changed as the stars came out. Quite a big group but everyone had a chance to take look at each of the night sky objects....More

2  Thank Jane S
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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