Kerry dark-sky reserve activities collage
Being in the Kerry International Dark-Sky Reserve is all about the EXPERIENCE, be it leisurely or active, or perhaps a blending of both. This page presents a small selection of such activities. 


 Introduction to the KerryIDSR and Astronomy

Julie Ormonde KerryIDSR volunteer manager, author of Ireland’s FIRST two astronomy books, educator, and astronomer for many years provides the above presentation which include video’s, and interactive learning at The Royal Hotel, Valentia Island. These talks take place at various times of the year check out the Hotel to see when the next date is here




Photographing the photographer - credit Julie Ormonde

Photographing the photographer – Julie Ormonde

Our ‘Stunning by day – Sensational by night ‘ phrase is no exaggeration, the Reserve is every photographers dream be they professional, amateur or someone just interested in taking home the holiday shots. Seeing really is believing – go to the Gallery page and see some examples or the Contributed media gallery to see what visitors have sent in.


donation banner kerry dark sky

We recieve NO FUNDING, make NO PROFIT, your support is urgently needed to develop the Reserve. Your donation will be acknowledged and – if you request – you will be included on our emailing list with up-dates on how the reserve is progressing. THANK YOU for caring, please share.


Orion at St. Finian's Bay - credit Padraig Sands

Orion in the Moonlight in the Core Zone- Padraig Sands

From October onwards the South Kerry Astronomy Group meet every second Wednesday of the month in various locations throughout the Reserve, look to their Facebook page for the next venue.  The Kerry Astronomy Center is the main base for the Astronomy Group you will find it under the archway of the Bay View Hotel in Waterville – opening times are varied so inquire before you visit or to contact see links page.  Small groups frequently go out to stargaze or photograph on clear nights in suitable stargazing area’s, if you are interested in participating or just watching go to the Astronomy Page find out more.  Basic Astronomy / Astro-photography classes and workshops occur throughout the year, again you can get the latest news from the astronomy website or Facebook page. For local up-to-date astronomy happenings, events and festivals the Kerry Dark-Sky Facebook page is also a great source of information


Children at Cahersiveen parade

Children at Cahersiveen parade – credit Padraig Sands

Kerry is famous for its festivals, enquire at the local tourism office to get the latest news on dates and times. Go to the events page, or our Facebook page for up-dates.


sea-side activities in the kerry dark sky reserve

Surrounded by the Atlantic ocean and having the Gulf Stream keeping the water temperature warm means that a lot of activity’s take place in and around our award winning beaches.


meeting the kerry dark sky reserve locals

Meet the friendliest people only too willing to assist, advise, chat and discuss the weather (a favorite pastime).


Stargazing in the kerry dark sky reserve Michael Sheehan
To fully maximize the experience of viewing our Dark-Sky you should consider hiring a Stargazing Guide (private visits can be arranged at your holiday home for parties and Bar-B-Que’s). PLEASE consider the position of the Moon. There are actually on seven nights in any one month that one can view a dark sky, the rest of the nights are influenced by the Moon’s powerful light. Or maybe you might consider hiring a Heritage Guide … it’s YOUR holiday – go make the most of it.



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