A Guide To Visiting Glenevin Waterfall In Donegal (AKA Clonmany Waterfall)

Glenevin Waterfall
Photo left: By Pavel_Voitukovic. Photo right: By Michelle Holihan. (on shutterstock.com)

The beautiful Glenevin Waterfall (aka Clonmany Waterfall) is located on the glorious Inishowen Peninsula.

It might not quite get as much attention as Donegal’s secret waterfall near Slieve League or Assaranca Waterfall, but it’s easily one of our favourite things to do in Inishowen. 

It makes for a great day trip and can easily be combined with a short walk and picnic amongst the woodlands. 

In the guide below, you’ll discover everything from parking and on-site toilets to the Glenevin Waterfall walk.

Things to know before visiting Glenevin Waterfall

Glenevin Waterfall donegal
Photos by The Irish Road Trip

If you’re in search of things to do in Donegal that’ll knock you sideways, a trip to this place should be on your Donegal to-do list!

Glenevin Waterfall / Clonmany Waterfall is an almost 40-ft tall, skinny cascade of freshwater that tumbles 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, but there are a few need-to-knows that’ll make your visit all the more enjoyable.

1. Location

Glenevin Waterfall / Clonmany Waterfall is located just outside of Clonmany in County Donegal, towards the northwestern side of the Inishowen Peninsula. 

2. Parking

There is a small car park just off the main road in Clonmany, 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.

3. Toilets

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.

The Glenevin Waterfall Walk

glenevin Waterfall walk
Photo left: By Pavel_Voitukovic. Photo right: By Michelle Holihan. (on shutterstock.com)

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. 

Recommendations for a day out

If you’re looking to make a solid 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 Glenevin / Clonmany Waterfall

inishowen view
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The Inishowen Peninsula is filled with plenty of things to do so you can easily combine a trip to the Glenevin Waterfall a number of nearby attractions.

Note: if you’re only in Inishowen for a day, the best way to see it is on the mighty Inishowen 100 drive.

1. Dunree Fort (19 minutes away)

dunree fort military museum
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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. 

2. Mamore Gap (14 minutes away)

mamore gap in donegal
Photo via Failte Ireland

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. 

3. Malin Head (35 minutes away)

malin head donegal
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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.

4. Doagh Famine Village (13 minutes away)

Doagh Famine Village donegal
Photo via Doagh Famine Village on Facebook

For the history buffs, Doagh Famine Village is an open-air museum that takes you through buildings of the 1800s to demonstrate Irish life from then to the present. It’s just 9km north of Clonmany in Lagacurry. 

5. Beaches galore

kinnagoe bat donegal
Photos by Chris Hill via Tourism Ireland

The Inishowen Peninsula is home to many of the best beaches in Donegal. The closest to Glenevin Waterfall are Tullagh Strand (3 minutes), Pollan Strand (9 minutes), Five Finger Strand (25 minutes) or, our favourite, Kinnagoe Bay (35 minutes).

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.

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