Mayo Dark Sky Park
Mayo Dark Sky Park is located between the Nephin Mountain Range and the Atlantic coastline and extends an area of 150 square km (37,000 acres). It is Ireland’s first Gold Tier International Dark Sky Park, after this award was extended to the Ballycroy National Park in 2016. The park is now known under both names. The Gold Tier award is the highest level to be given, which means the Mayo Dark Sky Park is internationally recognized to showcase some of the darkest, most pristine skies in the world. The park hosts program throughout the years, including the guided Dark Sky Educational Programme, school programs, and organized guided tours for groups (this requires prior booking). The Visitor Centre is closed during some winter months, but viewing sites within the park are open all year round.