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  • Scottish Dark Sky Observatory


    The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory occupies a fantastic hilltop site on the edge of the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park. This publicily accessible educational observatory has some of the darkest skies in the UK and two large telescopes through which to observe the night sky.

    The Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park was the first Dark Sky Park in the UK and Europe, and was award a Gold-tier status by the International Dark-Sky Association.

    This new observatory includes a 20” Corrected Dall Kirkham telescope in a 5 metre dome and a 14″ Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope for a more hands-on, open air observing experience.

    The observatory is  open to the public, amateur astronomers, groups, clubs, schools and universities, with the aim of inspiring people of all ages and all backgrounds with the beauty and wonder of the universe.

    Because of the nature of the site, most night/evening visits must be pre-booked. Please check the ‘Events Calendar’ on our website: www.scottishdarkskyobservatory.co.uk 

    Please also note that the road to the observatory is rough and unfinished and steep in places, whilst it is passable with ordinary vehicles, care must be taken.

     
     
  • Beltie Books and Cafe


    It is now Autumn, so we are reducing hours a little.  Closed Sundays, Mondays &  Tuesdays.  Open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays

    Come and visit BELTIE BOOKS & Café

    Books.  Coffee, tea,
    chocolate.  Cake.  Snacks.  Art.   What more could you want?

    Location, opening, contact: click here

     
     
  • Barholm Arts and Crafts


    Barholm Arts and Crafts

     

    We are a group of people (artists/craft makers/photographers) who work together to run and manage the Barholm Arts and Crafts Shop in Creetown, Dumfries & Galloway.
    ABOUT US – MEET THE TEAM
    • VAL HORTON – Photographer / Knitwear Designer & Producer / Artist
    • VICKI DEMPSTER – Jewellery Designer & Creator – WEBSITE: www.vickidempster.com
    • LIZ & ROGER CUTLER – Wood Art – WEBSITE: www.gallowaywoodturners.co.uk
    • BERNADETTE DEMPSTER – Designs Knitting Patterns / Textiles & Knitwear Designs / Gifts & Art – WEBSITE: www.knitwitzuk.com
    • SUE NICHOLSON – Felt Crafts with Local Wool / Ink Cards & Gift Cards – FACEBOOK PAGE: 4 Ewe Crafts
    • EVELYN MACKINTOSH – Scottish Art Scapes Landscape Artist / Painting In Oils, Watercolour & Acrylic / Originals, Prints & Cards.
    • ADELE SAGE – Jewellery Maker / Wedding Crafts.
    • HEATHER DICKINSON – Pencil Drawing – FACEBOOK PAGE: Galloway In Pencil
    • LORAINE BAXTER – Scarves / Wrist Warmers / Ski Hair Bands & Hats – BRAND: Elinora
     
     
  • Nocturnal Wildlife Experience


    See wildlife in a totally different light throughout the year!
    A truly unique and unforgettable experience could be yours. Prepare to be astounded as we open your eyes to the lives of nocturnal wildlife in Dumfries & Galloway with the aid of the very latest cutting edge thermal imaging and night vision equipment.
    With a maximum of 2 persons you will have your very own thermal camera for the duration of a tour which will enable you to observe animals as small as rabbits at up to 400 metres away or perhaps allow you to get up close and personal with a badger. You may even catch a glimpse of a night hunting barn owl or witness thousands of geese taking off right in front of you. But that’s not all: everything YOU see, can be recorded by your device.
    Our enthusiastic tour guide has over 40 years experience and will be able to guide you safely through the countryside at night in the dark.

    Nocturnal Wildlife Experience is a tourism business based in Castle Douglas. NWE offer the public the chance to see wildlife in a totally different light, literally, when participants are guided through the night in complete darkness using start of the art thermal and night vision equipment to view wildlife.

    The technology NWE use is very high tech and for many years was only available to the likes of the military and more recently TV programmes such as BBC Autumnwatch and Springwatch. Now NWT are offering the public the chance enjoy this experience for themselves. Because of its uniqueness they have already attracted the attention of various media outlets from local TV and radio to the BBC ‘The One show’ and Countryfile and have even leased some of their equipment to Autumnwatch.  This was when it was called Nocturnal Wildlife Tours.

     

     
     
  • The Gallery at Laurieston


    The Gallery at Laurieston is the home of award-winning landscape and fine art photographer Phil McMenemy. Open every Sunday 10.00am – 17.00pm and at all other other times for a private viewing and a cuppa by phoning 01644 450235

     

    In June 2015 the new, larger Gallery at Laurieston opened in what was the old village Inn. This followed seven successful years in the smaller, ‘old’ gallery.

    The new, larger space offers options and is a more fit for purpose gallery space.

    Hosting other artists, providing a great space to host talks and workshops and a space that folk can hold meetings.

    The primary goal of the gallery is for it to become an established venue of high quality art.
    A rotating seasonal calendar of art from the best artists the region and Scotland can put together.
    The gallery will continue to be the main showcase of owner Phil McMenemy’s work – Phil is entering his tenth year as an artist and his work continues to be well-received and goes from strength to strength.

    The gallery is open most days during the week, by appointment by contacting Phil on 01644 45023501644 450235 and every sunday throughout the year.

    Phil and family welcome you to come browse  and enjoy the new venue – tea, coffee and cake is often available – a warm welcome is always available!

    Situated and located in the heart of the Stewartry region of Galloway, between Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright, Gatehouse of Fleet and New Galloway, and amongst the most wonderful and peaceful of rural settings the Gallery is well-placed!

     
     
  • A’ The Airts


     

    A’ The Airts in the Royal Burgh of Sanquhar is a Community Arts and Crafts centre nestled in the heart of Upper Nithsdale, Dumfriesshire, Scotland.

    Our fully accessible building is a hub where individuals can meet and express their creativity. Our varied groups who use the centre also love the warm and welcoming atmosphere here. Locals and tourists alike can enjoy great refreshments and free wi-fi in our café.

    Here at A’ The Airts we are providing a platform for local artists and crafters to sell their works either in our shop or during exhibitions held in the Gallery. Our shop has a wide variety of crafts available, many of which use the Sanquhar patterns (some items are only sold here).

    https://www.sanquharknits.com

    Our shop is a great place to browse unique Sanquhar Pattern goods – some not sold anywhere else – and a superb variety of wares from local crafters.

    We have a theatre that can seat a maximum of 50 individuals, suitable for small productions, performances and talks. It is equipped with a projector, for presentations and is used as a community cinema. The seats are retractable, so that the space can be easily opened up for other uses. Tai Chi, and playgroups, parties and conferences have all used this space.

    The theatre doubles as a gallery and we have further exhibition space throughout the building. We generally have many exhibitions throughout the year both by amateur and professional alike and we are always pleased to hear from groups or individuals who would like to consider the space for future exhibitions.

    We have two craft rooms, which our local community arts and crafts groups use on a weekly basis. The groups currently include pottery, photography, poetry, knitting, patchwork. The larger of the two rooms has a kiln for pottery and a potter’s wheel. The smaller of the two rooms is an ideal space for meetings.

     
     
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