The Mayo Dark Sky Park

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The Mayo Dark Sky Park is Ireland’s first ever Dark Sky Reserve. Nestling between the remote Nephin Mountains and the Atlantic coast, Dark Sky Park covers 150 square kilometres and stretches across Ballycroy and Wild Nephin National Park. A great park to admire the sky and its brightest stars! An unforgettable experience for astronomy and nature lovers!

The Mayo Dark Sky Park

A reserve of breathtaking starry skies

Just imagine the picture: the Irish wilderness, not a sound, not a sound, and you, plunged into this idyllic setting, your head in the air, with thousands of stars above you. No city lights: just you, your friends or family, together sharing this special moment!

This is what the Mayo Dark Sky Park offers you. On a clear night in Mayo, you can dream of more than 4,500 twinkling stars, as well as other planets in our solar system, the Milky Way and even meteors, all in front of the naked eye.

The park has 3 sky observation points, located in easily accessible locations.

  • Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre
  • Claggan Mountain Coastal Trail
  • The Robert Lloyd Praeger Centre

The 3 offer an exceptional show on the sky, without human light pollution from the cities.

Prefer a night with clear skies, and don’t forget to leave in a group, with walking shoes, flashlights, and a warm blanket.

Even better: a small picnic at night can give an extra charm to

cette sortie insolite et romantique !

The Mayo Dark Sky Park
Practical information

Address Address:
Ballycroy National Park - Mayo

Coordonnées GPSGPS:
54.024377, -9.823543

Web siteWeb site:
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Opening hoursOpening hours:

every day, every night

The Mayo Dark Sky Park : the map