The dark sky holiday location in Scotland. Open all year
Galloway Astronomy Centre - check on Google Earth for a view of our locationLat: 54:43:29N Long: 04:28:25W Height above sea level 84m
Please note that the cottage and observatory are non smoking throughout
A primary aim of the Centre is to provide help and guidance to our guests to ensure maximum enjoyment from a visit.Whether you have a general interest in Astronomy through BBC Stargazing Live or becoming deeply interested in the night sky our Tour of the Universe takes you on a journey around our Solar Sytem and out to the wonders of our beautiful night sky. Available to non residents.
Unique in Scotland, the Centre is located in open farmland approx 20 miles south of the Internationally recognised Gold Award Dark Sky Park at the Galloway Forest. We too have a beautiful night sky free of light pollution. Viewing the planets, nebulae or galaxies from here is unforgettable.
Choosing a telescope from the huge range available can be difficult. Our course Buying a Telescope will help you select the right one for you. You can even try out our demonstration telescopes. If you struggle with the telescope you already own our Setting Up a Telescope course will get you out there ejoying the sky as you intended. Experience for yourself our friendly, informal hospitality and truly dark skies.
Gift VouchersBuy a vsit for the amateur astronomer in your life. ClickHERE
Need Advice on Telescopes?Call us for free and unbiased advice
Astronomy Courses AvailableWe offer courses to help you learn more about the night sky and telescopes during a visit. For details clickHERE
Skywatcher TelescopesWe can supply any of the TAL and Skywatcher range of telescopes. See the “Scope Shop” for our recommended telescopes for beginners and unique offers. Click HERE
Read about the GACsponsored Rally Car
“It’s the best view I’ve ever had” - Prof Ian Morison (Jodrell Bank) during his second visit.
Copyright 2009 Galloway Astronomy Centre. All images are copyright – M Alexander unless otherwise stated
Site Updated 18th March 2015
Aurora AlertYou don’t have to travel to the Arctic to see an AuroraPredicting an aurora is difficult, but we will try toissue alerts up to 48 hours in advanceAlerts will be sent via Twitter and Facebook
You can rediscover the night in Galloway
Celestron TelescopesWe can supply any of the Celestron range of telescopes and Baader Planetarium equipment. See the “Scope Shop” for our recommendations for beginners. Click HERE
Comet C2013 US10 Catalina on the way.A potentially naked eye comet will appear in UK’s morning skies at the beginning of December. It should remain visible until the end of Jan 2016.