by Josh Davies
You don’t need to travel all the way to Iceland to see the magical Aurora Borealis. You can see the magical Northern Light display across the Emerald Isle.
Whether in County Donegal or the County Kerry Dark Sky Park, you can enjoy the Northern Lights in Ireland.
Gaze across the night sky and enjoy the light show, leaving your family and friends and awe.
If you want to experience this natural phenomenon, keep discovering the Northern Lights in Ireland below…
The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon occurring in the Earth’s magnetosphere.
The Northern Lights are also commonly known as the Aurora Borealis. And a similar event occurs in the southern hemisphere called the Aurora Australis.
It is most common to see a green or red aurora. And these often take the form of a mild glow, patches, arcs, rays and coronas.
Solar wind particles crashing into the Earth’s magnetosphere cause the famous Northern Lights.
The best time to see the Northern Lights in Ireland is in September, October, March and April.
That is due to the way the Earth tilts during these months and the solar wind caused by this.
However, the lights can also be seen from November to February under the right conditions.
Nighttime is the best time of the day to see the aurora borealis. And it is best to avoid light pollution from towns and cities.
It is also crucial to consider the weather. You are more likely to see the Northern lights on a clear, dark night with no clouds in the sky.
Head to the Donegal Weather Channel to see today’s Aurora Borealis forecast.
Top Tip: Looking north is your best chance of seeing the Northern Lights. That is why your best chance of seeing the Northern Lights is finding somewhere along the coast with clear views north.
In Ireland, you are more likely to see the Northern Lights further north.
That is why it is a great idea to head north to County Donegal to catch a glimpse of the magical light show.
Take a look at the list below to find the best place to see the Northern Lights near you.
In Ireland, County Donegal is one of the best places to see the Northern Lights.
That is because it is Ireland’s most northerly county.
There are many stunning locations to set yourself up for an evening of star gazing.
With low levels of light pollution and clear views north, you have a great chance to see the aurora borealis in Donegal.
Malin Head is the most northerly point in Ireland. It gives you great views north over the Atlantic Ocean.
You can find views of the Northern Lights in a clear, dark sky at Malin Head. And it is one of the most popular places for tourists to seek out this natural phenomenon.
While the Fanad Peninsula is a little further south than Malin Head, Fanad Head has similar uninterrupted views north.
Fanad Head is a great spot to see the Northern Lights in Donegal and provides a photo opportunity.
If you catch the Aurora at the right time, you can create a stunning image with the Fanad Lighthouse in the foreground.
Don’t forget to tag us in the photo if you find an impressive shot.
The Inishowen Peninsula is where you can find Malin Head. However, there is a variety of uninterrupted views along this northern coast.
You can set up on the beach or the cliffs but be sure to choose a clear night with no light pollution from the neighbouring towns and villages.
Although Sliabh Liag is a southern-facing coastline, you can get dramatic views of the Northern Lights on the right day.
My advice to get the best views would be to head towards Bunglass Point. Here you can look north over Sliabh Liag and see the mysterious green light show overhead.
If you head towards Dunree Head, the lighthouse is the best place to see the Nothern Lights in Donegal.
As you look out, you will see that you are surrounded on either side by Inishowen Peninsula and Fanad Peninsula.
And looking north, you have clear views with low levels of light pollution and a good chance of seeing the Aurora Borealis.
We understand not everyone can make the journey to Donegal for the Northern Lights.
If you are in the south of Ireland, County Kerry has a Dark Sky zone that aims to provide visitors with an opportunity to investigate the wonders of the night sky.
In Kerry, your chances of seeing the Aurora are a lot lower. However, it is one of the best places to see the natural wonder in the right conditions.
That is because the Kerry Dark Sky Reserve put in a lot of effort to ensure visitors get the best experiences.
Now you have seen the best places in Ireland to see the Northern Lights, it’s time to head out and see them for yourself.
Take your family and friends and enjoy a magical display of the Aurora Borealis in Ireland.
You can also check out these cottages in County Donegal to start planning your trip to the stars.
Image Credits – Greg Clarke – (CC BY 2.0)
Hi, I'm Josh. I joined the Sykes team in 2019 and love all things travel.
I enjoy spending my time travelling throughout the w...
Sign up to receive exclusive offers, competitions and the latest news to your inbox, and you'll be entered into our monthly prize-draw 3 times!
Get out and enjoy stunning natural beauty with one of these walks in Northern Ireland. Whether you want to...
The Wild Atlantic Way is an awe-inspiring coastal route stretching the length of Ireland’s magical west coast. One to...
If you want to get out and enjoy the outdoors, climbing one of the highest mountains in Ireland is...