The Kerry International Dark-Sky Reserve is located on the southwest coast of Ireland in what is called an “isthmus” – a narrow strip of land connecting two larger land areas, usually with water on either side. The Reserve is protected by the Kerry Mountains and Hills on one side and the Atlantic ocean on the other, is approximately 700 sq km in size and offers dark skies with little light pollution, inhabited villages, helpful locals, remote wilderness, long sandy beaches, and numerous lakes, islands and rivers. From the website: “The Kerry International Dark-Sky Reserve has been designated Ireland’s first International Dark Sky Reserve by the International Dark-Sky Association (www.darksky.org), one of only 3 GOLD TIER Reserves on the planet, and the only GOLD TIER Reserve in the Northern Hemisphere.”
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