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Great night stargazing

This was our second visit...first was limited due to cloud. The access road is pretty... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Douglas T
via mobile
Informative and interesting

Really enjoyed our visit to DSOS, the astronomer leading the visit was eloquent and naturally... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Emily S
Manchester, United Kingdom
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“access road”(14 reviews)
“an adventure”(6 reviews)
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 reviewsaccess roadwell worth a visitan adventurelast nightmemorable eveningout of this worldgreat nightscottish weatherexcellent informationreally enjoyed our visitwould definitely go backforest parkgreat visitinteresting visitclear instructionsshort videoexcellent facility
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 Douglas T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 drjastewart
Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed our visit to the observatory. Found the staff to be friendly, informative and happy to answer questions and allow time to take photographs. Yes the road to the observatory car park is challenging on a first visit, however the detailed driving instructions were invaluable...More

1  Thank AnroGlasgow
Reviewed 26 June 2018

Went to some observatories before, but SDSO was terrible. 'Roads' up to the observatory was impossible to follow or see in the darkness, so even though they say gates only open 10 minutes before the event, aim to be there in plenty more time that...More

2  Thank MaisarahM8
darkskyobs, Manager at Scottish Dark Sky Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2018

We were extremely surprised and disappointed to read this very negative review and feel that, for clarity, there are points which need to be addressed. They are as follows: 1. The reviewer visited on 23 March 2017 - 15 months ago. A lot changes in...More

Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

Really enjoyed our visit though hard to get dark sky in Scotland in June! Presentation and telescope equipment was fantastic but planetarium and exhibition/museum were great little surprises too. Even on a warm night it was cold on the observation deck so take a layer...More

2  Thank Grady67
Reviewed 22 June 2018

Four of us visited for the first time and it was a very interesting and awe inspiring visit. The road is certainly challenging but our driver did extremely well. Our guide David was very friendly and helpful and gave us excellent information and great views...More

3  Thank ayrshirelass13
Reviewed 28 May 2018

The road up to the observatory is not for the faint of heart. I would advise bringing an SUV or 4x4 just for the ground clearance as the pot holes are horrendous and the road is an extremely rough dirt track with large (golf ball/tennis...More

1  Thank msg84
Reviewed 13 May 2018

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

2  Thank Rice1990
Reviewed 23 April 2018 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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16 September 2018|
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Response from drjastewart | Reviewed this property |
It is quite a rough narrow track and the last bit is a very steep hairpin - great fun in a small car. I don't think there is anywhere to park on the track before the observatory so I think it will depend primarily on the... More
24 August 2018|
Response from Grady67 | Reviewed this property |
The cloud cover will typically be full so visibility will not often be great
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