3 of the loveliest waterfalls in Ireland

Powerscourt Waterfall, Enniskerry, Wicklow, Ireland
Powerscourt Waterfall, Enniskerry, Wicklow, Ireland (Image by Gfox228/Wikimedia Commons

Ireland is a green and lovely land, with beautiful mountainous scenery, lush green fields and pretty waterfalls.

While exploring Ireland during the summer months, these pretty waterfalls cool the air while adding to the beauty surrounding them. All are found on the course of a stream or river and all at at their best following heavy rainfall, something which Ireland does not lack!

The following are three of the loveliest waterfalls to visit on a holiday in Ireland.

1. Glencar Waterfall, Glencar Lough, Lietrim

This shimmering curtain of water is located at Glencar Lough and is just one delightful spot to visit in the area. This 50 ft high waterfall is especially awesome after heavy rains and inspired the famous poet W.B. Yeats to include it in the poem “The Stolen Child.” Yeats visited the waterfall many time as a child and it made a strong impression on him.

Glencar Waterfall, Leitrim
Glencar Waterfall (Image by Blatant Views/Flickr)

The drive up to the waterfall is every bit as beautiful as the Glencar Waterfall itself. There are several spots where you will feel the need to pull over and enjoy the surroundings.

Alternatively, you can enjoy one of the beautiful wooded walking trails to the waterfall. One is only a few minutes long, but there are also other longer trails to take. Viewing the waterfall is free of charge and there is plenty of parking. There is also a picnic area, café, restrooms and a playground for the kids.

2. The Devils Chimney Waterfall, Leitrim/Sligo border

Not too far away and to the west of Glencar Waterfall is a lesser-known gem, which is also Ireland’s tallest waterfall. The Devil’s Chimney Waterfall is an amazing 492 ft in height and falls in an untouched and rustic area near the border with Leitrim and Sligo.

The Devils Chimney Waterfall – Leitrim/Sligo border, Ireland
The Devils Chimney Waterfall – Leitrim/Sligo border, Ireland (Image by Indigo Wolfsbane/Flickr)

The waterfall is accessible via a lovely woodland path that takes you to the top of the waterfall. Depending on how fit you are, the hike takes around 30-60 minutes to complete and there are resting points along the way. While the hike is moderately strenuous, it is pleasant and enjoyable. Then there is the reward of fabulous views at the end of your journey.

3. Powerscourt Waterfall, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow

Heading now to Powerscourt Waterfall in the foothills of Wicklow Mountains. This wonderfully scenic waterfall is 398 ft in height and is surrounded by plenty of interesting flora and fauna. The waterfall is easy to access via a short walk and makes the ideal day out for the family. There is plenty of room for the kids to play while you layout the perfect picnic or set up a barbeque.

Powerscourt Waterfall – Enniskerry, Wicklow
Powerscourt Waterfall – Enniskerry, Wicklow (Image by kilgarron/Flickr)

There is a cover charge to visit Powerscourt Waterfall, but there is also plenty of facilities available including parking, a playground and restrooms. A kiosk offers a variety of snacks and drinks. Powerscourt House & Gardens is a recommended visit while in the area. This lovely manor house is a few kilometres from the waterfall itself.

Experience Ireland at its best this year by visiting some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country.