Scottish Dark Sky Observatory


Craigengillan, Dalmellington, Ayr, Ayrshire, KA6 7PZ

    The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory is publically accessible observatory, located in the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park.

    The SDSO is located on a hilltop site within the world reknowned Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park.

    Enjoying amazingly dark night skies, guests can view the universe through two large telescopes, including a 20” Planewave CDK telescope in a 5 metre dome.

    The observatory is open to the public, as well as societies, clubs, and schools, educating people of all ages about astronomy and the night sky.

    The observatory is open Monday to Saturday for pre-booked visits, including stargazing evenings, and special events involving guest speakers or based around particular dates in the astronomical calendar.

    The SDSO also welcomes group bookings, corporate events and private hire all throughout the week.

    Our mobile inflatable planetarium dome can be hired, giving you an immersive tour of the cosmos.

    4 Visitor Attraction
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    Opening Times 2015
    1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015

    See website for availability and opening times.

    Ticket Information
    Adult £12.00 per ticket
    Child £8.00 per ticket
    Concession £8.00 per ticket

    All visits to the observatory must be pre-booked.

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.


    • Tea & Coffee Available


    • 24hr CCTV
    • Level Access
    • No Smoking Permitted


    • Rural Location

    Special Requirements

    • Children Welcome
    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Groups Welcome
    • School Groups Welcome


    • Children Welcome

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop

    Payment Methods

    • BACS
    • Cash
    • Cheque
    • Internet Banking Transfer
    • PayPal


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point
    • Free Parking On-Site

    Transport within Scotland

    For public transport information to visit here from within Scotland, enter your postcode and visit date below.

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • a public toilet
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair


    • The route from the parking area to the nearest public entrance is :
      • flat, ie. without steps
    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Parking on site

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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