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Valentia Island

One of Ireland’s most westerly points, Valentia Island is linked to the mainland by the Maurice O’Neill Memorial Bridge at Portmagee, and a car ferry also departs from Reenard Point to Knightstown—the island’s main settlement—from April to October. Accomodations are plentiful and camping is allowed in certain areas.  Amateur astronomy is an important activit at…read more »

One of Ireland’s most westerly points, Valentia Island is linked to the mainland by the Maurice O’Neill Memorial Bridge at Portmagee, and a car ferry also departs from Reenard Point to Knightstown—the island’s main settlement—from April to October. Accomodations are plentiful and camping is allowed in certain areas.  Amateur astronomy is an important activit at Valentia as the island lies in the buffer zone of the Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve, and the far side of the island can provide great stargazing with dark skies reaching class 2 in the Bortle scale. Winters in the island are very mild considering its northerly latitude, and a stargazer who visited the island told EarthSky that “the skies are always dark during the winter.”

Deborah Byrd