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 accomodation is available in the local area, including Parkdean Holiday Parks.

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.

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If you require taxi service in the local area to the observatory:
Boyd’s Taxishttp://goo.gl/z6mjqs
Merrick Drive
Bellsbank, Dalmellington
tel: 01292 551223
https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Local-Service/Boyds-Taxis-Dalmellington-103851937949607/

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.

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The Knowe B&Bhttp://www.theknowe.com/
Carsphairn
Dumfries & Galloway
DG7 3TQ

Tel: 01644 460602
Proprietor: Mrs Karen Hall

Smithston Farmhousehttp://www.smithstonfarmhouse.co.uk/
Smithston Farm
Patna
KA6 7EZ
Tel: 01292 531211

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

Tel: 01644 430512
Proprietor: Ronnie Bradford

The Cross Keys Hotelhttp://www.thecrosskeys-newgalloway.co.uk/
High Street
New Galloway
Castle Douglas
Dumfries & Galloway
DG7 3RN

Tel: 01644 420494

The Old School B&Bhttp://theoldschooldalleagles.co.uk/
Dalleagles
New Cumnock
East Ayrshire
KA18 4QW

Tel: 01290 810005
Proprietor: Michael Macfadyen

Swallow Lodge
Bardennoch West
Carsphairn
Castle Douglas
DG7 3TG

Tel: 01644 460665

Kirkholm B&B –  http://www.scotlandbandb.co.uk/
Carsphairn
DG7 3TQ

Tel: 01644 460514

Dalmellington Househttp://www.dalmellingtonhouse.org.uk
32 Main Street
Dalmellington
East Ayrshire
KA6 7QL
Tel: 01292 550717

Mrs Henderson – B+B – 01292 550375

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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.

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