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Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve

The Kerry UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve is located on the very western end of the Iveragh Peninsula in Kerry. Part of a worldwide dark sky conservation programme, which aims to restore the night time environment and protect areas against light pollution. This corner of Kerry is perfectly shielded from light pollution, being surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, and some of Ireland's highest mountains. Explore dark sky places of the reserve with this online map.

For a number of years, the Skellig Coast Dark Sky Festival has been in place, a community-led festival is not-for-profit and run by a local charity, Comhchoiste Ghaeltacht Uíbh Ráthaigh. The festival programme takes participants throughout the Skellig Coast in South Kerry to a fascinating line-up of events - times, dates and locations are shown on the festival Story Map here. Speakers at the festival include marine biologists, zoologists, environmental scientists, lighting engineers, and an orbital dynamics specialist. The festival's esteemed speakers share their passion for their work and the Dark Sky while also advising festival goers on our role in protecting the environment.

Stories from Kerry

Grounded in heritage yet open to ideas, Kerry is a place to gain and share perspective. Keep exploring the county with our latest blogs.

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Keeping The West Wild - Conservation in Kerry

Kerry is Ireland’s wild west. A land which is largely undisturbed by man, left to flourish in its natural beauty. While the rest of the world expanded into urban sprawl, the people of Kerry fought to preserve its green rolling hills and rugged coastline from the influence of overdevelopment. It’s…

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Ursula Jacob Explores Kerry in Ireland's Tracks & Trails

Watch former Wexford Camogie Player and RTE analyst Ursula Jacob discover two coastal trails in Co. Kerry on Series 11 of Ireland's Tracks & Trails. Throughout the series, well-known presenters explore trails throughout Ireland, representing what is best about the wild and natural landscapes of this…

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The Local's Guide to Kerry

When visiting new places what better information can you gather than that of the locals. We are delighted to share local knowledge of some great things to discover in Kerry. The following are tips and information from locals, who of course, love Kerry and are passionate about their beautiful county.

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10 Breathtaking Walks That Won't Leave You Breathless

Kerry has some of the most beautiful landscapes you can find - and what better way to soak in that beauty than a leisurely stroll through some of Kerry’s most magical walkways and trails? Here’s a list of 10 walks which will leave you speechless, without leaving you breathless! Nestled in the Slieve…