The Trail Map:- OSI Map Series 16
As you reach Glencar which straddles the border between counties Sligo and Leitrim with its dramatic steep cliffs, you will notice a series of waterfalls cascading from the heights. Glencar waterfall is perhaps the most dramatic descending from a 50ft rocky headland into a deep pool below in a haze of white spray. The Car Park at Glencar provides access to three alternative routes to the waterfall itself, the lake shore road walk and the “bog road” providing access to a spectacular semi-wilderness area in the Dartry Mountains.
The Bog Road – From the car park at the Shore of Glencar Lake, walk west along the county road past the boathouse, take the first road on the right hand side and continue into the forest. As you exit the forest continue to the left, across the stile past the stream along a sheep track to a small heather clad hill to the walled cliff edge for more spectacular views of Glencar Lake and the Swiss Valley at some 500m. Return back along the bog road.
The Waterfall – It is most worthwhile to walk up the short path to Glencar waterfall. This is less than a 1km walk along a paved path and is suitable for all types of users. It provides a wonderful vantage point from which to view the waterfall which is particularly spectacular during wet conditions.
The Lake Shore – The walk along the lake shore is linear in nature, gentle in gradient and uses the public road which is generally quiet. The road hugs the shore line and provides wonderful views over the expanse of the lake. This walk gives the visitor a discreet view of the vast array of bird and animal life which thrive on the lake.
Did you know?
The famous poet W.B.Yeats immortalised the waterfall in his poem “the Stolen Child”. Where the Wandering Water gushes, from the hills above Glencar”.
*Sections of this route cross Coillte property, for up to date information on diversions/closures due to tree felling, please visit www.coillteoutdoors.ie
6 thoughts on “Glencar Lake and Waterfall”
Great place to visit.
I have taken many of my group tours to Glencar waterfall and all of the people I took there totally enjoyed it and were so delighted with the stop. They loved the peace and quite, the falls themselves and the lake. The Scenery is spectacular and I have Glencar Waterfalls on many of my Itineraries for future tours. Secret Ireland Tours LLC would highly recommend a visit to Glencar Waterfall.
Imagine giving a rating like that has absolutely nothing to do with the walk. Sad.
Anyway we did this at the weekend. Absolutely stunning views at the top and beautiful woods with a wide variety of tree types.
Further to my previous email, your website did not inform the public that dogs were not permitted
It actually does say it on the website.
Was very disappointed on arrival at the entrance to the falls, to see a notice saying no dogs permitted. What sort of country walk excludes dogs, it was too warm to leave our dogs in the car so we missed out on this. The notice should have specified that dogs be kept on a lead, like other local walks we have been on. Not a great advert for the local tourist trade. We will be putting this on trip advisor.
Well, you were in the Irish countryside, so nobody would’ve complained, and I’m sure there were no dog patrols (as they don’t really exist), so there was nothing to stop you taking the dogs with you.