Glenmacnass Waterfall, Laragh

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The Glenmacnass Waterfall is a waterfall on the Glenmacnass River and constitutes the beginning of the Glenmacnass valley. The valley ends near the village of Laragh in County Wicklow and can be easily traversed by the Military Road joining Sally Gap to Laragh.River and waterfallThe river begins high up on the south east quadrant of Mullaghcleevaun mountain, the second tallest of the Wicklow Mountains at 849m, then flows down the surrounding mountains to the waterfall top at 350+/-. The waterfall consists of 3 staggered drops down to 270+/-.It continues through the valley and joins the river Avonmore at Laragh. It is later joined by the river Avonbeg to become the river Avoca and eventually flows into the Irish Sea at the coastal town called Arklow.ValleyThe valley was carved out during the last glacial period called the quaternary glaciation or Ice Age, which dates from 2.58 Ma (million years ago) to present. The Military Road joining Sally Gap to Laragh passes through the valley running parallel to the river.
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  • We enjoyed the beauty of the waterfall, great natural feature in an Irish landscape... Well worth a visit.  more »
  • My wife and I were lucky enough to stumble across this magnificent Waterfall whilst driving on Old Military Road through the Wicklow National Park and it was a great find I have to say. The Glenmacnas...  more »
  • I decided in the middle of the winter to Glendalouch cycling. And to make matters worse I took on the way back the route through the mountains of Wicklow. A spirited journey but I saw this waterfall, that made a whole lot of good. What a beautiful place. If you have time you can to the bak of the waterfall and take pictures.
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  • Amazing and beautiful waterfall, that is very well worth a visit. Keep driving, up the hill past it, and there's parking on the left.
  • Stunning falls! Technically a cascade but stunning all the same! As a landscape photographer its always great to capture the beauty of this landmark !
  • Nice Walterfall with a parking area 1-2 minutes away.
  • It's well worth stopping here if you're out driving the Wicklow mountains. It's a real gem in the mountains.
  • Very nice view. :)

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Immerse yourself in the Vale of Glendalough's beautiful nature by spending a holiday at one of its picturesque guesthouses or bed and breakfasts. Most travelers come to this valley to enjoy the peaceful surroundings, and local accommodations do their best to bring together nature and the comforts of home. There are a number of hotels in the town center. While you'll find more affordable options outside of town, you will probably need access to a car to easily get around the area. Hostels provide a place for backpackers on a budget seeking outdoor adventure.
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