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Where to Find Us

Monthly Meetings

Our monthly meetings are at Smithton-Culloden Free Church, Murray Road, Smithton, IV2 7YU on the first Tuesday of each month from 19:30 (please aim to arrive for 19:15).  More detailed directions to help you find us are given below the map.

Directions to Smithton Free Church:     Car     Cycle     Walk    ///absent.lizard.front

 


Directions to Smithton-Culloden Free Church

From A9 Kessock Bridge Roundabout

  • at roundabout at south end of Kessock Bridge take exit onto A9 toward Perth
  • after 0.8 miles, bear left off the A9 (Aberdeen)
  • after 0.2 miles, at roundabout take first exit onto A96 (Aberdeen)
  • after 0.5 miles, at roundabout take first exit onto A96 (Aberdeen)
  • after 0.6 miles, turn right (Smithton)
  • afer 0.9 miles, turn tight onto Tower Road *
  • after 0.3 miles, turn right onto Murray Road *
  • The Free Church is the first building on your left *

     * look out for signage showing route to Free Church

From A96 Nairn

  • from Nairn Community Centre travel west on the A96 towards Inverness (King Street)
  • after 11.0 miles, turn left onto Barn Church Road
  • after 1.8 miles, turn left onto Tower Road *
  • after 0.3 miles, turn right onto Murray Road *
  • The Free Church is the first building on your left *

    * look out for signage showing route to Free Church

Satnav

If you have a GPS or SatNav system the coordinates are:

Lat:  57:28:53N (57.48125)   Lon:  04:08:38W (-4.14378)


The JSL Observatory

Our Observatory is located at the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre, on the opposite site of the car park from the NTS Visitor Centre itself. If you arrive in the dark, keep driving to the furthest section of the car park. There is a dimly lit path from the car park at the bottom left corner which takes you to the Observatory.  It is adviseable to wear sturdy, waterproof footwear

Location of JSL Observatory:    (what3words)  ///cosmetic.measuring.caressed   (scroll out & click on the satellite view and it'll take you to the exact spot!)

 

 

 

IMPORTANT! When approaching the observatory we would appreciate it if you could switch to side lights, but definitely not use your main beams, as this would seriously interfere with the observations in progress. Also, if you bring a torch, we would much appreciate it if you switched it off before entering the Observatory compound, unless it emits red light.

During active public observing sessions there will be a laminated A4-size notice attached to the gates at the entrance just off the B9006.  If the gates are closed please call the mobile phone number and we will get one of our observing team to come up and open the gates.

 

 

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Upcoming Meetings & Events

Dark Sky Observing




STATUS: All Observatory Events Cancelled For The Forseeable Future

However ..... see front page for alternative Zoom webinar hosted online sessions!



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