Plans for a new Scottish Dark Sky Observatory have taken a step forward after an East Ayrshire site was put forward to play host to the facility.

Trustees of the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory (SDSO) announced earlier this week that a rebuild of the former site would not be possible and that a new location for a future build would be looked at.

The popular venue was ravaged by fire in June 2021.

Following a feasibility study into looking at a rebuild, it was found that a rebuild would not be financially sustainable in the long term, and that new site options will be explored.

Now, according to Doon Valley Councillor, Drew Filson, a location for a new build has been brought forward.

Cllr Filson announced that Craigengillan Estate have offered to provide the land for the new build.

However, it's believed that it is only an offer to the trustees at this time, and an official decision is yet to be made.

Cumnock Chronicle: Councillor Drew FilsonCouncillor Drew Filson (Image: Cllr Drew Filson)

Cllr Filson said: "I am very pleased to say that we have a solution which can enable the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory to be rebuilt in a stunning site near to the Dam at Loch Doon.

"Craigengillan Estate has very generously agreed with me that they will provide the land for the site at no charge.

"This new site has no problems with access, there is a mains water and electricity with good internet connections

"And [it] is within the Dark Sky Park with wonderful views of the night sky, with the hills of the Galloway Forest in the foreground.

"It is the very site which the Royal Observatory Of Edinburgh chose to bring their events to, before the observatory was built."

Cumnock Chronicle: Fire damage from 2021.Fire damage from 2021. (Image: Danny Cameron)

The Independent councillor added: "The site has none of the issues which the SDSO trustees wished to avoid.

"I hope they respond positively.

"It would be great if the 780 plus people who signed the petition to keep the observatory as the promised asset for Dalmellington and the Doon Valley could express their support for this excellent development."