WATCH: Walk to views of Ireland's highest waterfall... it takes just 45 minutes!

At 150m, Devil’s Chimney is Ireland's highest waterfall... and stunning views are available for the short price of a 1.5km walk.

Devil's Chimney, or Sruth in Aghaidh an Aird as it’s known locally, is a looped, 45-minute walk in Co. Sligo.

It's close to Glencar waterfall, which featured in the poetry of W.B. Yeats, and lies on the other side of the county border in Leitrim.

This short video, produced by OMedia for Sligo Walks (, gives a tantalising little taster of the short but hilly trail.

The Devil’s Chimney get’s its name from the famous waterfall which gushes upwards following rainfall and when the wind blows from the south.

The waterfall is officially Ireland’s highest - but note that it doesn’t flow during dry weather! The best time to see it is after (or during) rainfall.


From Sligo, follow the N16 for Manorhamilton. After several kilometres the road weaves around a mountain to your right, and soon after that you take a left hand turn signposted for Glencar Waterfall.

The Devil’s Chimney walk is reached first, just a few kilometres from where you left the main road. It’s clearly signposted as is the roadside parking area on your left. Spaces are limited, but you’ll find a place further down the road on the lakeside if it's full.

From there, the route is clearly marked and if you bring a picnic there are benches further up which give you great views across Glencar Lake and Cope’s Mountain, and a close up view of the Devil’s Chimney waterfall itself.

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