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Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

Craigengillan Lodge, Dalmellington, East Ayrshire, KA6 7PZ

The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory occupies a fantastic hilltop site on the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park border. Equipped with two large telescopes and running a full program of stargazing events throughout the year, this location is one of the premier stargazing locations in the UK.

Updated 23/06/21 – Scottish Dark Sky Observatory destroyed by fire

In the early hours of 23rd June 2021, the SDSO caught fire and was destroyed in a suspected arson attack. This news was, of course, devastating for the staff and volunteers who worked so hard, making the venue one of the best stargazing destinations in the UK. We offer our condolences to all connected with the observatory and hope that the facility is rebuilt and can re-open soon.

SDSO destroyed by fire
Photo: Ayrshire Post

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory is a Dark Sky Discovery Site, an officially recognised place where anyone can stargaze. Most such locations have overnight parking (sometimes with a fee); however, many do not allow overnight camping. There may or may not be toilet facilities.

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Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory organises events at this location

Please contact Scottish Dark Sky Observatory directly with any enquiries relating to visiting this location


Weather forecast

  • 22/01/22

    16%
  • 22/01/22

    11%
  • 23/01/22

    18%
  • 23/01/22

    10%

Weather forecast for Dalmellington (2.3 miles away) updated 22/01/22 at 16:00.




Events nearby

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  • Ayrshire Astronomical Society meeting

    Monday 24th January 2022 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

    Kyle Academy, Ayr, KA7 3LR (13.7 miles away)

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  • Ayrshire Astronomical Society meeting

    Monday 28th February 2022 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

    Kyle Academy, Ayr, KA7 3LR (13.7 miles away)

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  • Ayrshire Astronomical Society meeting

    Monday 28th March 2022 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

    Kyle Academy, Ayr, KA7 3LR (13.7 miles away)

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  • Ayrshire Astronomical Society meeting

    Monday 25th April 2022 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

    Kyle Academy, Ayr, KA7 3LR (13.7 miles away)

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  • Ayrshire Astronomical Society meeting

    Monday 23rd May 2022 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

    Kyle Academy, Ayr, KA7 3LR (13.7 miles away)

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Stay and gaze nearby

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    Stay & Gaze

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