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.
The 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.
The 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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  • Beautiful stop on the road to enjoy a valley with waterfall and sheep grazing in the meadow. Nice return route to Dublin from Glendalough with less traffic.
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  • A pass, beautiful waterfall that can be seen from the road and stop on it to one side, incredible photos and scenery, deserves much worth, perfect for hiking, highly recommended
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  • Glenmacnass in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains is just a beautiful waterfall. Depending on the time of year you go and whether the river is in full flow, they are spectacular. It's only a short dri...  more »
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  • There is a car parking a few 100 m ahead, so park you car and go on foot on the road. You can even jump on the other side of the river and check it from there. Quite beautiful with the view from the valley and it wont take much to see as its by the road anyways. I do recommend.
  • If you check out the waterfall from the roadway it's really nice and I have always wanted to take photos from the bottom of the falls looking up. I picked an overcast and cold day known I would have the place to myself and even at 64 years of age I climbed down the steep valley walls and got the photos I was after. In summer this place is packed and if you visit you will see why yourself. I'm overjoyed that I made it down and up again safely but as they say of TV, dont try this a home. Never leave valuables in your car, all to often people return and find the car window broken. Enjoy
  • Paved trail going from the parking lot to the top. Awesome bridge partway up the waterfall where you can feel the splash of one of the falls landings. Petty busy when we went late afternoon on a weekday.
  • 💎 excellent area for walks and runs ✔️ beautiful views ✔️ car park near the top of the waterfall ✔️ quiet area
  • Beautiful place amazing views great for a picnic
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