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Welcome To The Devil’s Chimney In Sligo: Ireland’s Highest Waterfall (Walk Guide)

Welcome To The Devil’s Chimney In Sligo: Ireland’s Highest Waterfall (Walk Guide)

A visit to the Devil’s Chimney in Sligo (after heavy rainfall!) is hard to beat.

The Devil’s Chimney (‘Sruth in Aghaidh An Aird’) is a weather specific phenomenon that, similar to the Caves of Keash, is one of the more unique things to do in Sligo.

Located on the Sligo/Leitrim border, the Devil’s Chimney only runs after rainfall, at it can be experienced in all it’s glory on a 50-minute walk.

Below, you’ll find info on everything from where to park for the Devil’s Chimney walk to what to see nearby (there’s plenty!).

Some quick need-to-knows about the Devil’s Chimney in Sligo

Devil’s Chimney sligo

Photo by Drone Footage Specialist (shutterstock)

So, a visit to the Devil’s Chimney in Sligo is fairly straightforward, but there are a few need-to-knows that’ll make your visit more enjoyable.

1. Location

The waterfall is on the Sligo/Leitrim border in the Glencar valley, a mere stone’s throw from the more famous Glencar waterfall. It’s a 15-minute drive from Sligo Town, 20 minutes from Rosses Point, 25 minutes from Strandhill and a short 30-minute spin from Mullaghmore.

2. Only visible at certain times

The Devil’s Chimney can only be seen at certain times, which is where Ireland’s mild, wet climate works in your favour. If there have been long periods of dry weather, Sruth in Aghaidh An Aird doesn’t flow, but a visit during or immediately after heavy rainfall will reward you with the spectacular site of water pouring down the cliff face. 

3. The loop walk

The Devil’s Chimney walk is one of the most unique of the many Sligo walks. This is a loop that offers many resting places and viewing points. It is about 1.2km in length and takes about 45 minutes to an hour. You’ll find a full guide below.

An overview of the Devil’s Chimney walk

devil's chimney car park

Photo via Google Maps

At just shy of 150 metres, the Devil’s Chimney is listed on the World Waterfall database as Ireland’s tallest waterfall.

The Irish name, Sruth in Aghaidh An Aird, means ‘stream against the height’, as when it is wet and the wind blows from the south, the waterfall is blown up and back over the cliff – hence the name Devil’s Chimney. Here’s a guide to the walk.

How long it takes

It’ll take you roughly 30 minutes to get to the top of the loop and around 15 minutes to get back down. Allow at least 1 hour for soaking up the views (hopefully not literally). The trail can be slippery underfoot, so please wear sturdy footwear.

Difficulty

You’ll need a half-decent level of fitness for this walk, as the first chunk of it is nice and steep. There’s plenty of places to stop and soak up the views, though, so you’ll be able to rest if needed.

Parking

Although there isn’t a huge amount of parking for Sruth in Aghaidh An Aird (room for 5 – 8 cars), you should be fine once you arrive early. You’ll find the car park (to the left of the photo above) here on Google Maps.

What to expect on the walk

Once you’ve parked, the walk starts at the pedestrian ‘kissing gate’ (see photo above) which is on the right of the trail head sign. It follows a solid path for the first while, before you reach the woodland and the climb begins.

The trail is very easy to follow, and there are lots of viewpoints along the way. Hopefully, when you arrive at the viewpoint that looks out towards the Devil’s Chimney, it’ll be in full flow.

Things to do near the Devil’s Chimney in Sligo

One of the beauties of the Devil’s Chimney is that it’s a short spin away from some of the best places to visit in Sligo.

Below, you’ll find a handful of things to see and do a stone’s throw from Sruth in Aghaidh An Aird (plus places to eat and where to grab a post-adventure pint!).

1. Glencar Waterfall

Glencar waterfall leitrim

Photo left: Niall F. Photo right: Bartlomiej Rybacki (Shutterstock)

Glencar Waterfall can be found near Glencar Lake. This famous landmark was inspiration to the well-known poet, William Butler Yeats, who featured it in The Stolen Child. As is the case with the Devil’s Chimney, the waterfall is best viewed after the rain, and you can view it from a gorgeous, wooded walk.

2. Gleniff Horseshoe Walk/Drive

Gleniff Horseshoe drive

Photos via Shutterstock

The Gleniff Horseshoe Walk/Drive is a 10-kilometre walking/driving route in a particularly atmospheric part of Sligo. Things to see include the old sites of Bartyes mills, and the legendary Grainne and Diarmuid’s cave, which, at 400 metres, is the highest cave in Ireland. You’ll also be able to see the wonderful Annacoona cliffs. 

3. Beaches galore

rosses point beach sligo

Photos via Shutterstock

There are plenty of beaches in Sligo a short spin from the Devil’s Chimney. Streedagh Beach is 25 minutes away, Mullaghmore Beach is 30 minutes away and Strandhill Beach is 30 minutes away, too. 

4. Loads more hikes and walks

2 photos of Benbulben Walk

Photo left via ianmitchinson. Photo right via Bruno Biancardi. (on shutterstock.com)

If you fancy exploring more of the area that surrounds you on foot, you’re in luck – there are plenty of hikes and walks nearby. Here are our favourite:

FAQs about visiting Sruth in Aghaidh An Aird

We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from where to park at the Devil’s Chimney in Sligo to how long the walk takes.

In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.

Where is Devil’s Chimney in Sligo?

You’ll find it near Glencar Waterfall on the Sligo/Leitrim border, a 15-minute drive from Sligo Town (see Google Map link above).

How long is the Devil’s Chimney walk (and where do you park)?

Allow around 30 minutes to get up, 15 minutes to get down and 15-20 minutes (or however much you like, of course) to admire the views. There’s parking right next to the trail (see guide above).

Is the walk up to see the Devil’s Chimney hard?

It’s toughish when you get to the point when you need to start climbing, but there are plenty of places to stop and catch a breather.

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ciara quinn

Saturday 7th of August 2021

Thanks for all the step by step guides. We've enjoyed them for devil's chimney, caves of keash, benbulben forest walk and knocknarea hike too. Great area to explore and made easier with your guide. Thank a mil

Keith O'Hara

Sunday 8th of August 2021

Cheers for taking the time to comment Ciara! Glad you found them useful!

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