Kells Bay- Michael Sheehan

KELLS: entrance to the Reserve if coming from Killarney

As one enters Kells the dramatic view of Dingle Bay proves a popular stopping point for many tourists.

STARGAZING:Despite the street lights down by the harbour village, Kells provides excellent stargazing opportunities.  The HUGE expanse of sky spreading across toward Dingle is amazing both by day and by night. The only drawback is the occasional passing car whose headlights prevents dark-eye adaptation. Other than that you can’t go wrong by either visiting or staying here.  If you are staying in Killarney, Tralee etc and want to visit the KerryIDSR to see the awarded Dark-Sky on a clear Moonless night, then Kells is highly recommended.


The parking areas are large in providing plenty of parking space for tourist buses.

Kells viaduct - photo Julie Ormonde

One of the many spectacular structures one sees while driving through the Reserve is the above called ‘The  Kells Viaduct’. This was part of the  Farranfore to Cahirsiveen and Valentia Island railway, which opened 1893 and closed 1960. The viaduct carried the track on a tight curve over the Gleensk river ravine between Kells and Glenbeigh.

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