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Kerry International Dark-Sky Reserve
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Best star watching in Ireland!

This covers a HUGE area of Southwest Kerry! The Iveragh peninsula, what many call the "Ring of... read more

Reviewed 29 January 2018
Vagabond-Sue
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Key West, Florida
The only GOLD TIER in the Northern Hemisphere

There are many selling point for Kerry International Dark-Sky Reserve. Firstly it was the first in... read more

Reviewed 18 April 2017
CliveBilby
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Dartford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 January 2018

This covers a HUGE area of Southwest Kerry! The Iveragh peninsula, what many call the "Ring of Kerry" has been named by UNESCO as a Dark Sky Reserve. It is the ONLY Gold Tier reserve in the northern hemisphere! They came out with machines and measured the light pollution. Killarney of course is the worst light source; the reserve doesn't stretch to the area near Killarney, because of that. Other areas are not technically on it - mostly it appears places that have parking lots with lights.
There are many places to see stars. Recently we got up at 5 a.m. and walked ten minutes from Cahersiveen and saw a shooting star! Another night we've been to the beach in Waterville (only do that at low tide!) and saw amazing stars reflected on the water.... There really are loads of places to star watch.
Dromid/Dromod has telescopes near the hostel; Waterville horse riding stable has telescopes, too. The stars are SO easy to see, you can use good binoculars! Recently I saw the rings on Saturn with a friend's telescope!

Anyone can see stars at night, here. A great event while visiting would be to stay at a B&B anywhere in the area, and ask your host where to watch stars! Be sure to wear HiViz vests if you'r on the road!

There are a handfull of guides that take night tours, too. Check them out on Google!

Enjoy!

Date of experience: January 2018
3  Thank Vagabond-Sue
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Reviewed 18 April 2017

There are many selling point for Kerry International Dark-Sky Reserve. Firstly it was the first in Ireland, secondly, it is one of only three Gold Tier Dark-Sky reserves in the World. Thirdly, and this is quite a big one, it is the only Gold Tier Dark-Sky reserve in the Northern Hemisphere. For looking at the night sky there really isn't that many places better. There are a few negatives, however, being on the West Coast of Ireland, you do get quite a bit of cloud cover, and it is being generous to discribe the weather as changeable. The best spots are very close to large areas of water, such as a large lake/lough or river, so there are quite a few midges about especially at dusk, so dress appropriately and spray yourself well. That said the sky is very dark at night and I was able to see some wonderful displays. Although the website is very infomative and the map provided is clear on where the best spots to park your car are, if waiting in the secutiry of your bug-proof car for nightfall, the spots are not clearly signposted and you could easily drive past one or two of them without a local guide or sat-nav. Also Ireland is quite westerly and sunset is much later than in England, so do check when nightfall actually occurs to save a long wait for darkness. The reserve is also within one of the most scenic parts of Ireland, you may be up all night gazing at the stars, but you'll also want to be up all day, seeing the local sights of which there are many. All in all a fantastic holiday, one that I'd recommend for families, and couples alike, it is a lovely part of Ireland.

Date of experience: April 2017
5  Thank CliveBilby
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Reviewed 2 October 2018
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Date of experience: August 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC