Glencar lake and it's surroundings is an area of natural beauty. Glencar lake is located in County Sligo in the North West of Ireland. On this particular sunny day, we found ourselves along the roadside towards Glencar waterfall when we decided to walk towards Sruth In Aghaidh An Aird or the Divils Chimney instead, which is Ireland's highest waterfall.
The weather had been very good during the weeks prior to our walk, so no waterfall this time around. When the waterfall flows and the wind is blowing from the right direction, it is fun to watch the waterfall blow upwards rather than the waterfall hitting the valley floor. And that is the reason why the waterfall is called Sruth In Aghaidh An Aird or the Divils Chimney,... "the stream against the height". On a windy day, the waterdroplets blow upwards giving the waterfall the visual effect of smoke coming out of a chimney.
The walk runs on private land through forestry, and from the lakeshore gradually climbs up towards the waterfall. The area is marked by dramatic steep cliffs and waterfalls, Glencar waterfall probably being the best known one. Starting off our walk, we were greeted by friendly donkeys who didn't seem to bothered to much about another bunch of walkers walking right by their green pastures. Winding our way gradually up the mountain flank along the path, we enjoyed the everchanging scenery, from deciduous forestry to green pastures. After having climbed for a while through the dense forestry, we reached a green lush valley with views towards the steep cliffs which make for a fabulous backdrop
Heading higher again, you have an option to add a small looped walk to the main walk. This path brings you closer to the waterfall, but will also bring you by some old trees. Reaching the highest point of the walk, take a seat on the bench and admire the views towards Glencar lake. From here, it is back downhill towards the roadside car park.