Around the Area

The observatory is situated near the village of Dalmellington and is close to Loch Doon.

While in the area you might like to visit nearby Loch Doon Castle, or the Scottish Industrial Railway Centre at Dunaskin.

A variety of accommodation is available in the local area..

Wild camping locations are available around nearby Loch Doon, where you can also visit The Roundhouse for food and refreshment. A new hardstanding location has also recently opened on Loch Doon, suitable for caravans and camper vans.

There are a number of 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:
Boyd’s Taxis
Merrick Drive
Bellsbank, Dalmellington
tel: 01292 551223

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
Dumfries & Galloway

Tel: 01644 460602
Proprietor: Mrs Karen Hall

Smithston Farmhouse
Smithston Farm
Tel: 01292 531211

Brookford B&B –
4 St. Johns Way
St. Johns Town of Dalry
Dumfries and Galloway
DG7 3UQ.

Tel: 01644 430512
Proprietor: Ronnie Bradford

The Cross Keys Hotel
High Street
New Galloway
Castle Douglas
Dumfries & Galloway

Tel: 01644 420494

The Old School B&B
New Cumnock
East Ayrshire
KA18 4QW

Tel: 01290 810005
Proprietor: Michael Macfadyen

Swallow Lodge
Bardennoch West
Castle Douglas

Tel: 01644 460665

Dalmellington House
32 Main Street
East Ayrshire
Tel: 01292 550717

Whitestone Cottage Studio B&B
Near Turnberry
Maybole, Ayrshire
KA19 8JL
Phone George or Sharon on 01655 760613

Orchard Farm Glamping & Camping
Maybole    KA19 7JY

Tel: 07901 848156
A glamping yurt and also a small number of pitches for campervans and touring caravans on a beautiful farm in the Ayrshire countryside.


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.


Please note that this listing is for information purposes only and we make no representation as to the quality or value of these establishments.