Stargazing in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland offers enormous stargazing potential with low levels of light pollution away from the larger urban areas. One highlight is arguably the OM Dark Sky Park and Observatory in Davagh Forest, a fabulous facility in a region awarded Dark Sky Park status from the International Dark-Sky Association. The region also has numerous dark sky discovery sites and several active astronomy clubs and societies, all of whom are enthusiastic in public outreach.



Stargazing locations in Northern Ireland

  • Altarichard Forest Car Park

    Altarichard Road, Magherahoney, County Antrim

    Go Stargazing Site

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  • Armagh Observatory and Planetarium

    College Hill, Armagh, BT61 9DB

    Observatory, Planetarium

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  • Beaghmore Stone Circles

    Blackrock Road, Cookstown, BT80 9PB

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  • Benone Beach

    Sea Coast Road, Downhill, BT51 4SD

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  • Carrick-a-Rede – National Trust

    Whitepark Road, Ballintoy, BT54 6LS

    Dark Sky Discovery Site

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  • Divis and Black Mountain National Trust Car Park

    Divis Road, Belfast, BT17 0NG

    Go Stargazing Site

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  • Killylane Reservoir

    Shanes Hill Road, Kilwaughter, BT40

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  • Murlough Bay Car Park – County Antrim

    Murlough Road, Ballycastle, County Antrim, BT54 6RG

    Go Stargazing Site

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  • OM Dark Sky Park and Observatory

    Davagh Forest, Cookstown, BT79 8JH

    Dark Sky Discovery Site, Observatory

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  • Oxford Island Nature Reserve

    Derrymacash, Craigavon, BT66 6NJ

    Dark Sky Discovery Site

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Stargazing accommodation in Northern Ireland

  • Manor View Bed & Breakfast – Cookstown

    Cookstown, Kildress, BT80 9RS

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Sperrinview Glamping

    71 Blackrock Road, Cookstown, BT80 9PA

    Stay & Gaze

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