Glencar Lake, Sligo

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The 8 km (5 mi) of Glencar Lake let you experience ample trails around the Irish countryside. Follow the short trail near the lake to the northeast corner, where you'll find a 15 m (49.2 ft) waterfall featured in some of William Butler Yeats' poetry. Fish for trout and salmon in the lake, and stop for a picnic at one of the many scenic spots. Wear suitable footwear if you're hiking up to the best viewpoints, as the wet conditions can make it quite slippery. Paths to the waterfall are wheelchair accessible. To visit Glencar Lake and other attractions in Sligo, use our Sligo travel itinerary planner.
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  • Glencar Lake is between two towering cliffs. The waterfall is 65 meters. A beautiful site. Attention there are some slippery places.
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  • This lake is nestled in the mountains and has a waterfall nearby that's popular with tourists. Very pretty and scenic and a tearoom next to it with a playground for young children. We had a picnic in ...  more »
  • Glencar lake is about a 15 minute drive from Sligo town. It is a very tranquil area with the lake, sheep grazing in the field and most notably the waterfall. The waterfall which is not big is a short ...  more »

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Where to stay in Sligo

The town of Sligo boasts a number of lovely accommodations, including hostels and guesthouses, while the landscape surrounding the town is dotted with hotels catering to a range of budgets. If you want to surf away your holiday or explore the setting that inspired Yeats, stay in a bed and breakfast in Sligo town along Old Dublin Road. If you prefer to stay in a more natural setting, explore options in the surrounding countryside. In either case, you will be able to access the alluring coast and the town's historical monuments easily.
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