Peacefully set in a rugged ‘Highland’ landscape recognised by Historic Scotland’s Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes. Beautiful gardens, recently uncovered ‘rock and water garden’ by James Pulham & Sons. Extensive displays of native bluebells - great swathes of vibrant blue under the fresh greens of newly forming leaf canopies, which form the focus of the opening. There are some of the darkest skies that most people will ever see with shooting stars, planets and comets visible.
A713 from Ayr, at the 30mph sign on entering Dalmellington turn right (signed Craigengillan Stables) - drive for approx 2¼ m. From Carsphairn side, stay on the main road and take first turning on left after the Jet petrol station.
Sunday 21 May 2:00pm - 5:00pm for bluebells Sunday 21 May 10:00pm - 11:30pm for the observatory book first T: 01292 551118
£3.00, accompanied children free (for garden only)
The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory receives 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries
Visit as it gets dark (10pm). Presentation by resident astronomer and, if the sky is clear you can stargaze using the Observatory’s telescopes. Disabled access but call in advance to check for any limitations. Teas served in house.