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Glencar Waterfall, Quiet Serenity Hidden in the Hills: Glencar, Co Leitrim


Glencar Waterfall. Photo by Corey Taratuta

Glencar Waterfall. Photo by Corey Taratuta

Under the looming bulk of Ben Bulben, by the serene Glencar Lough, you can view the Glencar Falls, a spot haunted by the memory of William Butler Yeats.

This beautiful waterfall, and the river leading up to it, has been touristed well enough – a walkway has been built and is maintained, as well as a visitor centre. However, it is still relatively easy to find a quiet spot and contemplate the beauty of the surrounding countryside, the lough, and the waterfall.

A farm near the entrance has several sheep and chickens to keep you amused, and the lough itself has reeds and breezes to soothe your soul.

The lough is only about 12km from Sligo Town, and while some of the roads are a bit narrow, it’s a lovely drive through the trees.

“Where the wandering water gushes,
From the Hills above Glen-Car,
In pools among the rushes,
That scarce could bathe a star.”
– Yeats, The Stolen Child


This destination was originally submitted by Mairead:

Glencar waterfall in Co. Leitrim is one of my favorite spots in Ireland. It is lovely after rain.”

You can read Mairead’s blog at www.irishamericanmom.com.

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Written by Christy Nicholas

Christy Nicholas

Christy is an artist, accountant and traveler with a love for Ireland and hopes to move there someday. A variety of her artwork and travel reports are available at www.greendragonartist.com. Christy’s Tips | Website

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