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Even cloudy skies didn't spoil an educational experience.

Booked a Eveing with the Stars for our family. Weather forecast was good with a cold clear December... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
West Lothian
Lovely experience

Although the sky was cloudy we still really enjoyed the visit: David the astronomer was very... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Edinburgh, 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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Reviewed 6 days ago 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 1 week ago

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
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
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Reviewed December 9, 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
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Reviewed November 27, 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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Reviewed November 16, 2018 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

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 5, 2018 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

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank 589dianaw
Reviewed October 18, 2018 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

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank AGScott0
Reviewed October 14, 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

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Barry M
Reviewed October 12, 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

Date of experience: October 2018
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September 16, 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
August 24, 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
July 27, 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