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Sometimes, you round a bend in Wicklow and chance on a slice of landscape that is so raw and so pristine, it feels like you’ve driven into the pages of a fantasy novel.
The Glenmacnass Waterfall is one such wow moment. Roughly half-way between Laragh and the Sally Gap, it crashes into life where the River Glenmacnass spills over a rocky cliff. White water streams down sheets of granite, like locks of hair framed by heather-clad mountains.
On sunny, summery days, the flows here can be thin and spray-like. After days of rain, or following a snow melt, however, it thunders over – like a prolonged, frothy shout.
The waterfall is situated close to the village of Laragh, something of a crossroads for those exploring the Wicklow Mountains. From here, it’s a short drive to the sixth century monastic settlement of Glendalough, Glenmalure Valley is to the south, and the Sally Gap to the north.
Drivers can park at a lay-by to the west of the falls, or pull into one of the smaller lay-bys along the road that ultimately connects Rathdrum and Dublin. Be careful to observe the warning signs, however. The landscape is every bit as raw as it looks.
Glenmacnass Waterfall is near the village of Laragh & Glendalough. For more info go to: http://visitwicklow.ie/towns-villages/laragh-glendalough
Glenmacnass Waterfall can be found on the following routes: