Glencar Waterfall

  • Wednesday, 21 March 2012 15:13

Glencar Waterfall is situated 11 kilometres west of Manorhamilton near the county boundary with Sligo. The waterfall is 15 metres (or 50 feet) high and its stream flows into Glencar Lough.  There are more waterfalls visible from the road, although none is quite as romantic as this one.  There are picnic facilities nearby so you can enjoy the scenery while having a nice packed lunch. The path to the waterfall is well maintained, easily accessed. There is also a good size car park and an information kiosk.

Although not the largest waterfall in Ireland, it is one of the most beautiful, and particulary impressive after rain. On days when there is even a slight breeze, the falling water is blown upwards into a graceful plume of steam-like spray. Hence its original name 'srut i n-agaid an aeir' which means 'the stream against the air'.  It is a place of contrasts with the noise of the thundering water from the fast flowing river to the peacefulness of the lake.


W.B. Yeats often visited the waterfall in his youth. He mentioned it in his poem 'The Stolen Child', in which he wrote about the Irish folklore associated with fairies and changelings.

What follows is an excerpt from that poem:

'Where the wandering water gushes

From the hills above Glen-Car,

In pools among the rushes

That scarce could bathe a star,

We seek for slumbering trout

And whispering in their ears

Give them unquiet dreams;

Leaning softly out

From ferns that drop their tears

Over the young streams.'


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