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Stargazing to the sound of the ocean in pristine dark skies is as good as it gets.

 

The lack of light pollution In the Kerry International Gold Tier Dark Sky Reserve means you see the star constellations and planets as they were seen by your  ancestors.

 

The reserve is a public access area covering most of South Kerry and there is no fee and no constraints on access. You are free to stargaze at your leisure.

As we are on the Atlantic Seaboard stargazing weather is not predictable more than about 24 Hours in advance.

For information on our tours and for rates please contact:

 

skelligcoastdarkskytours@gmail.com

Here is some information which you might find useful:

If you are visiting during the summer months, the skies are bright late into the evening and the days are longest around the time of the summer solstice (which was Thursday 20 June this year). The sky will also be bright around the time of the full moon.

 

The skies are darkest when there is a new moon (i.e. no moon is visible) - no matter where you are on the planet, the moon is always in the same phase. This website showing the dates of the various moon phases.

 

The tours last 1.5–2 hours and are an introduction to the night sky. We show you how to 'star hop' using the sky itself if it is a clear night or by using a presentation if the weather is poor (the indoor part of the tour can take place in the  Castlecove/Caherdaniel area or Ballinskelligs). Other people may join the tour you've booked.  Throughout the year at various times, we are involved in events which from part of festivals and other celebrations - these may be free of charge or donations based - info on these can be found in our blogs and social media platforms.

 

The annual Skellig Coast Dark Sky Festival takes place every spring. The next festival takes place from 28–30 March 2025. The festival pages are under the 'events' tab on the website Discover Iveragh  This site has great information on natural history including the Dark Skies - Aoibheann Lambe from our team worked for University College Cork on the project that produced the website. 

 

The Reserve takes in a large part of the Iveragh Peninsula (Iveragh is pronounced ee-ver-AH) so it is not really obvious when you arrive and when you leave! Please see this map as it shows a selection of 'Dark Sky Places' which are suitable for stargazing and which have car parking.

For accessible archaeology on the Iveragh Peninsula, please see this map. Many of the sites are in Dark Sky Places. And for getting around in general, we find that keying in Eircodes (the Irish equivalent of a ZIP or Post Code) is a very useful of getting around in a country with such tiny roads and lots of twists and turns - the Eircode finder is here


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