Any experience in where to see the NL and best date range? I have read there is a decent possibility to see them from County Donegal or Malin head. This is our first time to Ireland and if possible I would like to allow some time for this, even knowing its hit or miss. If anyone has been successful especially last fall, would like your thoughts. Thanks...
As far north as possible and as far away from any light sources as possible. And with an unobstructed view to the north and a clear sky.
But, when it comes to the Northern lights, Ireland is pretty far south so your chances of seeing the lights are very small.
Are you sure you're not confusing Ireland with Iceland?
No experience, but according to this page November to March is your best bet. https://www.letsgoireland.com/northern-lights-ireland-best-tips/
Seeing the Northern Lights from Ireland is refreshingly optimistic but who am I to be a naysayer? The University of Alaska has a good website for NL predictions including European sightings. The link is https://www.gi.alaska.edu/monitors/aurora-forecast
Good luck adventurer!
That is the website I had read. I was hoping to get someones experience seeing them though. We are going to try when we go this fall...:)
At that latitude, it can happen every now and then: I have a friend from Northumberland who has seen them a few times over the years. A few times over the years. Last month, there was a period of exceptional solar activity with lights visible as far south as northern France : you would have to be in Ireland during a similar event... and hope for clear, dark skies, which aren't the norm in coastal Ireland.
A colleague was in the Orkney islands during that event and saw them, but that's much further north than Ireland, and the lights were still relatively faint (they couldn't get decent pictures).
So, I would not build my schedule around this minor probability. Sorry. In Northern Scotland perhaps, but not in Ireland.
We are going to try when we go this fall...:)
I don't know what your full itinerary looks like, but given the small chance of success I think there are better ways to spend your time in Ireland. But if you still decide to try to see them, make sure you follow both the weather forecast and the aurora forecast.