The observatory is situated near the village of Dalmellington and is close to Loch Doon.
A variety of accomodation is available in the local area, including Parkdean Holiday Parks.
Wild camping locations are available all around nearby Loch Doon, where you can also stop at The Roundhouse for food and refreshment. A new hardstanding location has also recently opened on Loch Doon, suitable for caravans and camper vans.
Dalmellington House is situated on Main Street, Dalmellington, and there are also a number of other B&B providers in the local area. Details of these are listed below.
If you require taxi service in the local area to the observatory:
T&C Town Taxis – http://goo.gl/z6mjqs
30 High Street
For bookings to the SDSO, at least 24 hours notice is required. Cash payment should be made to the driver at the time of hire.
The Knowe B&B – http://www.theknowe.com/
Dumfries & Galloway
Tel: 01644 460602
Proprietor: Mrs Karen Hall
Tel: c/o the Observatory on 01292 551118
A beautiful and wonderfully old-fashioned country manor house only 5 minutes drive from the Observatory, offering comfortable and friendly B&B accommodation in picturesque surroundings without breaking the bank.
Smithston Farmhouse – http://www.smithstonfarmhouse.co.uk/
Tel: 01292 531211
Brookford B&B – www.brookfordbandb.co.uk
4 St. Johns Way
St. Johns Town of Dalry
Dumfries and Galloway
Tel: 01644 430512
Proprietor: Ronnie Bradford
The Cross Keys Hotel – http://www.thecrosskeys-newgalloway.co.uk/
Dumfries & Galloway
Tel: 01644 420494
The Old School B&B – http://theoldschooldalleagles.co.uk/
Tel: 01290 810005
Proprietor: Michael Macfadyen
Tel: 01644 460665
Kirkholm B&B – http://www.scotlandbandb.co.uk/
Tel: 01644 460514
Dalmellington House – http://www.dalmellingtonhouse.org.uk
32 Main Street
Tel: 01292 550717
Mrs Henderson – B+B – 01292 550375
Additionally, there is a self-contained bothy near New Galloway, that sleeps up to six people with kitchen and shower. Telescopes are available. Rate negotiable according to numbers and requirements. Contact 01644 420812 for more information.