Waterfall Walks in Northern Ireland

January 8, 2017

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With our dramatic coastlines and rugged landscapes, it is no surprise that we are home to some breathtaking waterfalls. Found in secluded woodlands, on coastal drives or even at luxury hotels, below you’ll find a selection of stunning waterfall walks in Northern Ireland.


A short stroll from the charming village of Glenoe, on a woodland walk that meanders up and down the sides of the valley and glen, you’ll find Glenoe Waterfall, one of the most picturesque waterfalls in Northern Ireland.

Ness Country Park

In the steep, wooded glen of the Burntollet River in Derry~Londonderry, you’ll find Ness Country Park – a 55 hectare woodland offering visitors wildlife ponds, wildflower meadow, riverside walks as well as Northern Ireland’s highest waterfall.

Crumlin Glen

The picturesque Crumlin Glen, home to a mixed woodland filled with a variety of trees, plants and birds and not to mention one of our most stunning waterfalls.  With a picnic area located that the start of the walk and the chance to see some otters – it is an ideal spot for the whole family to explore.

 Photo courtesy of David Cleland of FlixelPix.


Glenariff is one of the nine Glens of Antrim and is considered by many to be the fairest of them all. The 3 mile Waterfall Walkway at Glenariff Forest Park is a picturesque woodland walk with rich backdrops for photographers. Bringing a camera is a must!


Covering an area of almost 630 hectares, Tollymore Forest Park is found at the foot the Mourne Mountains and is home to the River Shimna that flows directly through the middle of the park.

Sloughan Glen (temporarily closed)

Situated in the Sperrins region – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – you’ll find the spectacular waterfall of Sloughan Glen. This spectacular waterfall cascades from the uplands in the region and is best viewed after heavy rainfall.

Pollnagollum Cave

Nestled in Belmore Forest, within the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, you’ll find Pollnagollum Cave. The cave is fed by a waterfall and swells to a torrent during heavy rainfall.

Galgorm Resort & Spa

Set in 163 acres of lush parkland and with the spectacular River Maine flowing through the estate, the 4* Galgorm Resort & Spa has a truly unique and beautiful setting, complete with its very own waterfall.

Cranny Falls

Close to the picturesque coastal village of Carnlough, Co. Antrim you’ll find the Cranny Waterfall - a one of Northern Ireland’s true hidden gems.

Been inspired to take a waterfall walk? Be sure to share your best photos with us online using the hashtag #DiscoverNI. For more information on Northern Ireland’s stunning natural beauty visit discovernorthernireland.com.


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