Devil’s Glen walks

Following the banks of the river Vartry, a quiet path meanders between the steep slopes of the Devil’s Glen. A beautiful waterfall tumbles down into a deep pool in the heart of the forest near where the poet Seamus Heaney used to live and where he often came for a quiet walk.


Overview

  • Price: from €30 (group rates and family rates available)
  • Devil’s Glen walks are only accessible by private transport
  • Walking time: approx. 2 hours (easy)
  • Contact us for bookings and enquiries

Devil’s Glen walks

The Devil’s Glen walks follow the river Vartry which meanders between the steep slopes of the valley.  At the end of the last ice age, the waters from the melting glaciers carved a deep valley.  As it is pretty narrow, most of the trails follow the river and in recent years, artists displayed there wooden works of art created for Sculptures in Woodlands.  As part of another artistic project, called Stone Voices, Suky West asked walkers for stories about the Devil’s Glen.  Afterwards, she selected the best of them and she inscribed them on stone slabs.  They are displayed close to where the stories relate.

Waterfall

This pretty waterfall is the main highlight of the Devil’s walks. It tumbles down into a deep pool among the trees of the forest.  It used to be much bigger but since the time the river was dammed, it has lost most of its waters.  Prior to that, its roar echoed through the gorge, sounding as a Satanic power announcing some great doom and it gave the valley its name.

Seamus Heaney Trail

The poet Seamus Heaney (1939-2013) lived for several years with his family in Glanmore, near the Devil’s Glen.  As he was a regular visitor there, it became one of his places of inspiration. After he received the Nobel Prize of Literature in 1995, Coilte which manages the forest decided to create a trail to mark his achievement.  On the benches placed along the way, extracts of his poems are carved into the wood.  As we follow parts of this trail on the Devil’s Glen walks, we can enjoy reading his beautiful poetry.

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