Glenevin Falls, Ireland

Glenevin Waterfall in May 2014

I’ve posted about a waterfall I found in Northern Ireland (Gleno Falls), so I’m now going to post about a waterfall in Ireland. After driving around part of the island, I’m led to believe there are many more waterfalls than are being advertised. I’ve found a few different websites each containing a few waterfalls (click here or here), but nothing seems to cover the real gamut. And then as I’m driving around, I’ll even see signs for waterfalls, though in one case I decided not to follow the sign because it was an “L” road (which is barely wide enough for one car!). And I have to admit I’m probably not going to do any better, since I only record waterfalls I’ve visited. The moral of the story: if you’re looking for waterfalls on Ireland, keep searching…there’s probably one closer than you might expect.

One of the better advertised waterfalls is Glenevin Falls, which can seem somewhat isolated on the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal. If you’re headed to Malin Head, the northernmost point on Ireland, you’re passing near the falls. The falls, at about 50′ tall or so, are a real delight. The hike starts right near a tea room and gift shop, and continues up a nicely groomed trail. It’s a relatively short trail, and you won’t be out of breath at the end. You’ll be rewarded with a great waterfall, and you’ll probably pass some sheep along the way too! If you’re not in this region, though, there are other waterfalls to visit, which I’ll mention later. Because this one is more out of the way, it doesn’t tend to be particularly busy, which can be a great thing!

Directions:

  1. Take R238 north from Buncrana or the same road south from Carndonagh, heading toward the small town of Clonmany.
  2. If you’re coming from Buncrana, after entering Clonmany, instead of turning north to continue on R238, you’ll essentially continue forward on Main Street, following the signs for the Glen House Country Accommodation, which if I remember, also included a sign for the waterfall. (Attraction signs are brown and are very useful for directing you to where you’d like to go). (If you’ve come from Carndonagh, you’ll have to turn right onto Main Street and head into Clonmany.)
  3. After going through Clonmany, you will follow the brown signs and take a right toward the Glen House. (There doesn’t seem to be a road name where the fall is found, so follow the signs.)
  4. The parking area for the falls will be right before the Glen House. Be careful as you enter, as the entrance is narrow.

(Take a look at the map below to get a better idea of the location…If you get lost, somebody will surely be more than glad to help!)

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 40′
Length of Hike: 1.2 miles round-trip

Where in the World is Glenevin Falls?

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