Kerry Dark Sky Reserve Experience near Sneem
In 2014, The international Dark Sky Association recognised the 700sqKM area around Sneem as a Gold Tier Dark Sky Reserve. This Kerry Dark Sky Reserve became the first Gold Tier Reserve in the Northern Hemisphere. Futhermore, it was one of only four such reserves in total in the world.
Being located between the mountains and the Sea blesses the Ring of Kerry area with minimal nocturnal light pollution. Lack of light pollution offers wonderful views of the constellations, the Milky Way, falling stars, faint meteors and zodiacal light. The Reserve Area we're talking about stretches from Caherciveen to the outskirts of Sneem.
On clear nights, once your eyes accustom to the dark, the countless number of visible stars you will amaze you. Spotting the constellations is fun too. If you normally see the night sky in a city, you will find the difference an amazing expereience.
Where are the Best Places to View Kerry's Dark Skies?
Expert and novice astronomers alike , astral photographers and first timers will enjoy the dark skies when visiting Sneem. For a particularly well positioned Dark Sky Reserve viewing spot, try Staigue Fort. It offers clear views of the stars. Another is Derrynane beach with its extensive low lying surroundings.
Star Gazing and Astral Photography in the Dark Skies of Sneem
However, as a guest at Álaind Lodges, you can view the dark skies from the comfort of our garden areas. In fact, stargazing from our grounds on a clear night is as good as anywhere in my opinion. Interested guests can borrow binnoculars, a star chart and a headtorch with a red light. The red light allows you have sufficient light to orient yourself but does not affect your night vision. You can then spend as long you like enjoying the experience before calling it a night.
Avid photographers staying with us have taken wonderful astral photographs capturing the milky way in all its glory. All you need to give it a go is a steady tripod and a slow shutter speed. With a bit of practice, you too will be delighted with the dark sky photographs you'll capture.
Book your hotel in Sneem b&b accommodation with us to experience the Dark Skies of Sneem. Book directly at Álaind Lodges for the best rates.