Scottish Dark Sky Observatory, Dalmellington

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#5 of 17 in Museums in Ayrshire
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  • 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 sp...  more »
  • 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 happ...  more »
  • 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 ac...  more »
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  • Our experience at dark sky observatory on the 22nd of April was very poor. The road in to the place is NOT for small cars or even a family cars we found the staff to be poor. The observatory is NOT for the less abled person to which they do NOT tell you this when you email or call to book your slot. They had to many people crammed into the place. They also have steep stair's going up to the telescope's which would not look out place on a BATTLESHIP customer care is very poor. I would not recommend to anyone to go if they are disabled. We will not be back. I don't know how they got the 4 star award. I am sure that when this place was built it was only for the abled body person. NOT FOR THE DISABLED PERSON
  • we had a great time learning about the constilations and had a really clear night plus the moon was out what was not to like would recomend
  • The road leading up to the observatory should be shut off to the public as it is a total hazard if not in a 4x4. Littered with huge potholes, uneven surface, loose gravel underfoot and this all whilst trying to navigate tight bends going uphill. In dealing with the manager of the observatory she was also extremely rude and unprofessional. The planetarium isn't up too much either with a high pixelated projection and normal seats instead of laid back ones so you had to crank your neck to view the screen. Fortunately, the staff at the observatory were friendly and knowlodgeable. The sky in the dark park speaks for itself on a clear night and unless you want a deeper view of the sky there really isn't any need to drive up that hellish road to marvel at the stars .
  • Popped by for a wee look. Interesting design of building set within the rural area. Hoping to return when open for dark skies event.
  • We've been there a few times in the past and it's a great place to visit. Interesting guests, presentations and equipment. We would be coming more often but the road puts me off. It's a tyre slasher in places and very uneven. Could only be fun in a 4x4. People have been complaining about the access road for years but nothing is being done about it. Surely must be worth upgrading to bring more people and therefore nmore money in?
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