Visit the romantic Glencar Waterfall which inspired W.B. Yeats to write his poem ‘The Stolen Child’…
Glencar Waterfall is 50ft high and is situated in Glencar Lough, just a 15 minute drive from Mount Edward Lodge. It is particularly impressive after rain and can be viewed from a lovely wooded walk. There are more waterfalls visible from the road, although none is quite as romantic as this one.
Glencar waterfall served as an inspiration to William Butler Yeats and features in his poem ‘The Stolen Child’:
‘Where the wandering water gushes
From the hills above Glen-Car,
In pools among the rushes
That scarce could bathe a star,
We seek for slumbering trout
And whispering in their ears
Give them unquiet dreams;
Leaning softly out
From ferns that drop their tears
Over the young streams.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.’
Car Park, picnic facilities and information kiosk are all onsite.