The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory occupies a fantastic hilltop site on the edge of the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park. This publicly accessible educational observatory has some of the darkest skies in the UK and has two large telescopes through which to observe the night sky.
The Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park was the first Dark Sky Park in the UK and Europe and was awarded ‘Gold Tier’ status by the International Dark-Sky Association.
The Observatory is also situated within the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere, which has been recognised internationally as a world class environment for people and nature. The UNESCO designation recognises the fantastic array of landscapes, wildlife, cultural, heritage and learning opportunities that south-west Scotland offers for communities, businesses and visitors to experience and celebrate in a sustainable way. The SDSO is proud to be a supporter of the Biosphere.