Kirkcudbright’s Dark Space Planetarium Opens

DGWGO popped along to visit the state of the art visitor attraction The Dark Space Planetarium which has been developed by Kirkcudbright Development Trust.

The Trust have been engaged in a major capital project to fully renovate and reinvigorate the former, and much-loved, Johnston School building in Kirkcudbright.

The 19th Century former school closed in 2010 and quickly fell into disrepair. The Trust secured the future of the building, raising over £2.6 million to restore and develop it for community use. Building works commenced in late 2019 and were fully completed in early 2021.

Kirkcudbright is home to this new state-of-the art visitor attraction which informs and educate people of all ages as it celebrates the majesty and infinity of space, the wonders of science, the thrill of space exploration, and the magic of the Dark Skies right here in Dumfries and Galloway.


The trustees of Kirkcudbright Development Trust gratefully acknowledge the support of:

Heritage Lottery Fund, Scottish Government, South of Scotland Enterprise Partnership, The Wolfson Foundation, The Robertson Trust, Dumfries & Galloway Council, Kirkcudbright Common Good Fund, Galloways Glens Landscape Partnership, Historic Environment Scotland, Castle Maclellan, The Holywood Trust, LEADER