The Antrim coast is where visitors can find an undeveloped, scenic stretch of road that passes along the nine Glens of Antrim in Northern Ireland, just 18 miles (29 km) northwest of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Unaffected by artificial illumination, the coast provides a dark and open sky for reasonable stargazing. EarthSky friend Iain Todd of Sky at Night Magazine recommends the coast, saying “the north coast has some of the darkest night skies in County Antrim on the island of Ireland, and stargazing sessions are often held locally by the local Northern Ireland Amateur Astronomy Society in tandem with the National Trust.” Camping is also available at numerous RV and primitive campsites throughout the Antrim county. For more information, please visit online.
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!