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
  • Devil’s Glen walks are only accessible by private transport
  • Walking time: approx. 2 hours (easy)
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Devil’s Glen walks 

On the Devil’s Glen walks, we follow the bank of the river Vartry to a waterfall tumbling down in the heart of the forest.  The path meanders between the steep slopes of the valley, carved by the rushing waters of the melting glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age. Along the way, we can see some unusual wooden sculptures and a few stone slabs engraved with walkers’ first impressions of the Devil’s Glen. The flowers are at their best in spring when the wild garlic’s pungent smell fills the air.

The Waterfall 

The Devil’s Glend walks follow the river as far as the  waterfall which tumbles down into a deep pool in the heart of the forest.  After heavy rains, its sight is impressive and there are even times when the main waterfall divide into two waterfalls because of the amount of water.  In the olden days, the roar of the river filled the valley, hence its name, the Devil’s Glen. Since most of its waters are dammed, the river is much smaller now and we will enjoy its sweet murmur breaking the deep silence.

Seamus Heaney (1939-2013) 

The poet Seamus Heaney used to live nearby and he often came to the Devil’s Glen for a quiet walk. He won the Nobel prize of Literature in 1995.  A trail was created in  his honor and verses from his poems were carved on the back of benches. Several of his poems are inspired by nature and by his walks in the nearby woodlands.  On the Devil’s Glen walks, we follow  parts of this  trail and we take the time to read his beautiful poems.

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