The beautiful Glenevin Waterfall (aka Clonmany Waterfall) is located on the glorious Inishowen Peninsula.
It makes for a great day trip and can easily be combined with a short walk and picnic (there’s also a coffee van on-site during summer).
In the guide below, you’ll discover everything from parking and on-site toilets to the Glenevin Waterfall walk.
Some quick need-to-knows before visiting Glenevin Waterfall
Although a visit to Glenevin Waterfall in Donegal is fairly straightforward, there are a few need-to-knows that’ll make your visit that bit more enjoyable
Glenevin Waterfall / Clonmany Waterfall is located just outside of Clonmany towards the northwestern side of the Inishowen Peninsula. It’s a 5-minute drive from Ballyliffin, a 20-minute drive from Buncrana and a 40-minute drive from Greencastle.
There is a small car park just off the main road in Clonmany (here on Google Maps), where you can park for a visit to the falls. There’s a decent amount of parking here, but it gets busy during the warmer months.
There are toilets just before you walk into the park (on the left at the gate). There’s also a little coffee truck during the warmer months if you fancy a drink.
4. Part of the Inishowen 100
The mighty Inishowen 100 drive is a route that takes you to the most impressive corners if the peninsula. You can do it over the course of a day, but it’s arguably best done in 2. Here’s a guide with a Google Map of the route.
Things to do at Glenevin Waterfall
Glenevin Waterfall / Clonmany Waterfall is one of the more impressive waterfalls in Donegal. It stands at almost 40-ft tall and its skinny cascade of freshwater flows through the forest into a small stream.
This is a relatively handy place to get to (if you’re exploring the Inishowen Peninsula, that is) and there’s a lovely ramble from the car park to reach it.
1. The waterfall walk
The Glenevin Waterfall walk is a relatively short and rewarding one along a well-marked trail (it’s one path from start to finish!).
It begins from the car park right next to the Glen House B&B and shop and follows an easy gravel path for 1km through the peaceful woodlands.
The Glenevin Waterfall Walk then climaxes, unsurprisingly enough, at the waterfall itself. It takes around 25 – 30 minutes to walk one way.
2. Finely set up for picnics
If you’re looking to make a day of it, then you can combine a visit to Glenevin Waterfall / Clonmany Waterfall with a picnic.
As you follow the trail from the car park, you’ll pass a number of places to kick-back with a picnic. There’s limited seating space, so it’ll be pure luck if you manage to nab a seat.
It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a lunch spread with some friends amongst nature. You can also find a little coffee van there in the warmer summer months or stop for an ice cream at Glen House, next to the car park.
Things to do near Clonmany Waterfall
One of the beauties of Glenevin Waterfall is that it’s a short spin away from many of the top Donegal attractions.
Below, you’ll find a handful of things to see and do a stone’s throw from Clonmany Waterfall!
1. Mamore Gap (10-minute drive)
Mamore Gap is a road pass in the Urris hills between Urris and Buncrana. The views are incredible from the skinny, steep road with many considering it the most scenic part of the peninsula.
2. Beaches galore (10-minute + drive)
Some of the best beaches in Donegal are a handy spin away. There’s Pollan Strand (10-minute drive), Buncrana Beach (20-minute drive), Five Finger Strand (25-minute drive), Lisfannon Beach (25-minute drive), Culdaff Beach (25-minute drive) and Kinnagoe Bay (35-minute drive).
3. Dunree Fort (20-minute drive)
Dunree Fort, an old retired defensive fort, houses a military museum right on the spectacular western coastline of the Inishowen Peninsula. It’s just 12km southwest from Clonmany.
4. Malin Head (35-minute drive)
Malin Head, the northernmost point of Ireland. is what attracts many people to the Inishowen Peninsula. This dramatic coastal headland is 30km north of Clonmany and worth the drive up.
FAQs about Glenevin Waterfall in Donegal
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘Do you pay for the car park?’ to ‘How long is the walk?’.
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.
Is Glenevin Waterfall worth visiting?
Yes. This is one of the more impressive waterfalls in the county and there’s a lovely walk to get to it. It’s well worth visiting if you’re in the area.
How long does the Glenevin Waterfall walk take?
You’ll want to allow around 45 minutes to do the walk. Ideally, you’ll need an hour, as you’ll likely end up lingering at the falls.
Elisha is a freelance writer, content creator and blogger and her work can be read in Lonely Planet, Remote Lands and Matador Network. You’ll usually find her travelling in offbeat places or hiking wherever there are mountains; always with a camera in hand.