This evening, I am posting information and images on Glencar Lake and Waterfall near Sligo in the North-West of the island of Ireland. Access is along a narrow lane off the main highway known as the N16. The area is popular with anglers (for trout and salmon), hikers and other recreational users such as picnickers.

The famous Irish poet W.B.Yeats immortalised the waterfall in his poem The Stolen Child:

“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”

Here the Drumcliff River cascades over a vertical drop to flow in to Glencar Lake. The lake itself is some two miles long and half a mile wide.

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