The first International Dark Sky Place accredited in Northern Ireland, OM Dark Sky Park & Observatory (formally known as Davagh Forest) is a 1,500-ha protected site in the foothills of the Sperrin Mountains outside Cookstown, County Tyrone, managed by Forest Service Northern Ireland. Set among an untouched rural landscape of rolling hills and sweeping forests, its centerpiece is the Beaghmore Stone Circles, a complex of early Bronze Age megalithic features, stone circles and cairns. The Forest is crisscrossed by network of accessible walking and mountain biking trails, enabling multiple outdoor recreation uses. 2020 saw the opening of the Dark Sky Observatory and Visitor Centre at the Forest, offering visitors a unique opportunity to experience some of the darkest night skies in Northern Ireland.
International Dark Sky Park
Click here to find ideal environmental conditions for viewing the night sky at OM Dark Sky Park & Observatory (54.71022, -6.87889). Don’t forget to plan your trip during the new moon and astronomical twilight to enhance the viewing experience!