Glencar, County Leitrim - A Must for Travellers

July 25, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

The most heavenly place you can imagine, with rolling mountains, forest foothills, a waterfall, a still lough and plenty of parking for all manner of vehicles.

We probably travel down to this idilic spot every two months just to get away from it all, plus with the limited access to cellular networks you can pretty much forget trawling through your friend's updates on Facebook, and just stare at the magnificent scenery that surround this luscious land.

We recently headed down to the seaside town of Bundoran, mainly to escape the 12th Weekend Madness, and also to make use of the long weekend.

It takes a while to decompress when your in a motorhome, a period of acclimatisation has to occur to your surroundings, and the pure lack of privacy in terms of just being able to be on your own, there isn't any bedroom to just chill out in, you have to basically deal with the constant togetherness that happens. What does occur though is an appreciation of your surroundings when you step outside.

We've been coming to Glencar for just over a year, since my future wife visited with her sister the year before. It was something she just had to share with me, and I'm so glad she did as I can't keep away from the place now. If I die in Ireland I've already requested that she come down here with my ashes, it's that awesome.

The waterfall is impressive, there's plenty of YouTube videos on the area, with people jumping into the waters (usually letting out a scream or two as the cold takes hold) and I've even made a video myself, though not from me taking a dip.

 


This weekend saw the Sligo Motorcar Rally turn this sleepy valley into a hotbed of turbo charged, stone spitting speed, action. I say stone spitting as I was hit a few times at the side of the road as cars passed at speeds of 90+ miles per hour.

But the two images I want to show are these from the lake view, left and right as you stand at the shoreline.

Glencar Lough, Connacht, County LeitrimGlencar Lough, Connacht, County LeitrimGlencar Lough lies in the Glencar Valley, between the Dartry Mountains to the north and the mountain range including Cope's Mountain to the south. Glencar Lake, County LeitrimGlencar Lake, County LeitrimGlencar Lough lies in the Glencar Valley, between the Dartry Mountains to the north and the mountain range including Cope's Mountain to the south.

They really don't do the place justice, and they were taken with my iPhone as I wanted to show just what you could do with a few tweaks from my favourite app; Snapseed (iOS & Android).

Normally I hit the 'Drama' filter and work from there, but this time I tried the HDR Scape and I was extremely surprised at the results, a little ramping up of the saturation and that was it, job done.

Hanging my handy mobile travelling companion on the edge of the motorhome's wing mirror, my Mifi (from the 3 Network) seemed to grab a hint of 4G (or it could have been 3G) just long enough for me to get my images uploaded to my website using my mobile app kindly supplied by my website provider, Zenfolio

My advice would be; come take a spin down, bring a picnic (there's plenty of seating areas (and a public toilet), take a wander around the waterfall, then call into the new visitor centre. Hopefully it's not like the one at the Giant's Causeway where they charge you for entry only to find you've stumbled into a cafe and gift shop and nothing more (don't kid yourself with that half baked education element either). 

If you own a Kayak, bring that down too, as the lake has really easy access into the water via a concrete jetty, but we've been warned that there are some really strong under currents, so be careful. We'll be bringing ours down on our next trip down.


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