Scottish Space Shuttle

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95/9 Constitution Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH6 7AE

    Not too far into the future, in a Forest Park not far away, visitors from all across our planet can experience the magic of the UK’s first Dark Sky Park.

    Countless stars scattered overhead, the Milky Way stretching from horizon to horizon, shooting stars, planets, comets, the northern lights.
    All may be seen on a clear night at the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory in Galloway Forest Park

    Let us take you to the stars.....

    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    Opening Times 2014
    1 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2014

    Road Directions

    I'm intrigued! What do I do now?

     

    It’s simple! Every Friday and Saturday night from October 2013, we will transport our guests from Edinburgh City Centre to the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory
     based in Galloway Forest Park.  

    Included in the shuttle price is entry to the Observatory and use of their state of the art telescopes.  This is the only public observatory on the planet
    ....and is a mere hour and three quarters journey from Scotland's capital city.  

    We use luxury 16 seater minibuses supplied by Scotland's leading small group tour company - Rabbie's Trail Burners.

    Special Introductory Offer For October and November!

    Adults £35
    Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 children under 16 go free) £70


    The price of the shuttle is £35 per head.  £10 pounds of this goes directly to the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory and allows use of their
    state of the art telescopes and the services of the in-house astronomer.  The SDSO is an inspiring place and we want families to get the most out
    of this fantastic resource.  As a result, we’ve created the Family Ticket.


    Initially, there will be two tours:


    Friday Space Shuttle:

    This will leave at 6.30pm from the bus stop next to the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street.
     Return can be flexible depending on events in the night sky - if the aurora borealis appears, we're not going to drag you away.
     We will stop at the Roundhouse Cafe on Loch Doon for refreshments (not included in ticket price)

    Saturday Space Shuttle:

    This will leave at 4pm from the bus stop next to the National Museum on Chambers Street.  
    The idea behind the Saturday Shuttle is to allow children to experience the magic of the Dark Sky Park and Observatory.
    We will have a food stop at the Roundhouse Cafe on Loch Doon.  (not included in ticket price) Return will be approx. 10pm


    The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory lies within the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park near Dalmellington, under some of the darkest skies in the UK.  
    Galloway Forest Dark park is the only Dark Sky Park in the UK and the only IDA (International Dark-Sky Association) gold tier park to have a public use
    observatory.


    This new observatory includes:

    • A fully robotic 20” Corrected Dall Kirkham telescope in a 5 metre dome, which can be operated from a warm control room.

    • A roll-off-roof observatory with a 14” Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope for a more hands-on, out in the open observing experience.

    • A multi-purpose lecture room served by a toilet and kitchen and an “outdoor classroom” in the form of an elevated observing deck
    from which to enjoy the inspirational experience of naked-eye observation.

    Facilities are also available for amateur astronomers to be able to set up their own equipment and have access to the WC and kitchen amenities.

    The observatory is  open to the public, amateur astronomers, groups, clubs, schools and universities, with the aim of inspiring people of all ages and
    all backgrounds with the beauty and wonder of the universe.

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