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Scottish Dark Sky Observatory, Dalmellington

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  • we visited on a full moon Saturday, travelled up from Norfolk, but unfortunately the clouds were too thick to see even a single star. However it was far from a wasted journey. We still learnt loads of...  more »
  • This is absolutely worth a visit. Driving up, we were disappointed by the thick cloud and reckoned we’d not see much. Luckily enough the cloud shifted just as we arrived and the Observatory guys made ...  more »
  • as most of the others have said wrap up warm its easier to open a coat than go back to car to put one on. we visited on the 20 Jan and it was very cold but a beautiful clear sky that night we saw Venu...  more »
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  • I had no idea we had anything like this even remotely near us and it was all down to my wife that we came here. Now I will start with a warning, and it's one you will see everywhere including from the observatory itself. The road to get here is a road in spirit, a trail in essence and a mountain goats obstacle course in actuality. Ok a little hyperbole but you will need to drive down tracks and rutted paths and even cross a side-less wooden bridge so be prepared. Having said all of the above it is absolutely 100% worth it because on a clear night and even a not so clear night the views are spectacular. You have an unobstructed view from horizon to horizon with only faint hoots of owl (I think..) to interrupt. Then add in an extremely well made facility with a truely impressive pair of telescopes and a staff that is a mix of employees and volunteers who are endlessly knowledgeable, patient and enthusiastic and I can promise you will have no regrets about going. The staff even encourage you to take pictures through the large telescope which we did and which a couple of the moon are attached. The thing the whole exhibition brought to focus, pardon the pun, is how badly we leak light into the sky and how much h we miss out on because of it. I am looking forward to going back soon and would urge everyone to visit.
  • Evening of wonder. Amazing views and well lead.
  • Sadly it was quite cloudy for our visit, so we didn't see very much. And the road is horrendous! But totally worth it, observatory is great and we had a really interesting evening.
  • Excellent place to visit if you're interested in astronomy and even if you aren't!