Powerscourt Waterfall in Enniskerry - The Highest and Most Impressive Waterfall in Ireland

Powerscourt Waterfall may not be the largest or the highest waterfall in the world, but together with the breathtaking natural surroundings and Wicklow Mountains in the background, it creates one of the most spectacular scenery in Ireland. Located near the picturesque village of Enniskerry and the famous Powerscourt Gardens, it attracts many visitors, especially during summer weekends. However, if you wish to venture into the wild, there is a beautiful trail in the mountains that will even allow you to see the waterfall itself from a bird's eye view.

 

Powerscourt Waterfall in Enniskerry

 

Powerscourt Waterfall is 121 meters (around 400 ft.) high which makes it the highest waterfall in the Emerald Island. The river which flows into the fall, called Dargle, has a unique, red color, and it forms a beautiful little late at the bottom that contrasts perfectly with the huge silver rocks strewn around.

There is a cafe on the site and a possibility to enjoy barbecues (if you bring one with you). The waterfall and the surrounding area are owned by Powerscourt Estate and, unfortunately one must pay a fare to get there - around 5.50 EUR (6,30 USD) per person. There is a discount for student and children.

 

 Enniskerry Village

Enniskerry Village

 Enniskerry Village

Enniskerry Village

 Wild rose

Wild rose

 Herd of curious cows

Herd of curious cows

 Wildflower

Wildflower

 Bee on a dandelion

Bee on a dandelion

 Stream - as if taken out of the "Gummi Bears" cartoon

Stream - as if taken out of the "Gummi Bears" cartoon

 Unspoiled Irish countryside

Unspoiled Irish countryside

 

How to get to Powerscourt Waterfall

 

Proximity to Dublin is one of the great advantages of Enniskery and Powerscourt. It's located only around 30 km (18 miles) from the Irish capital and it takes around 1 hour to drive there.

If you don't have a car, and are not afraid of walking, public transport - Dublin Bus - number 44 (which runs every hour from the city center - O'Connell Street) will take you to Enniskerry village for 3.30 EUR (3,80 USD) one way. The bus journey also takes around 1 hour. Timetable available here.

From Enniskerry, you must walk up the steep road (towards Powerscourt Gardens) and then continue straight on. You will encounter a few crossroads but there will be signs directing you to the waterfall. The walk is easy but quite long (7 km/4,30 miles - around 1h 30 m), however, it's really worth the effort. You will cross the beautiful, lush green Irish countryside and if you are interested in staying overnight, there are multiple cozy B&Bs along the way.

 

 Beautiful Powerscourt Waterfall

Beautiful Powerscourt Waterfall

 A pool of clear, red water at the bottom of the waterfall

A pool of clear, red water at the bottom of the waterfall

 First glimpse of the waterfall

First glimpse of the waterfall

 Powerscourt Waterfall

Powerscourt Waterfall

 Photo with a view!

Photo with a view!

 Dargle river

Dargle river

 

The Powerscourt Trail

 

 Powerscourt Waterfall

Powerscourt Waterfall

 

Usually, many people visit both places - Powerscourt Gardens (click here to have a look at the article about it) and the waterfall in one day. Although this is possible when you drive, if you use the public transport, I would recommend that you spend a weekend in or around Enniskerry. One day to visit the beautiful gardens (you can find some very exotic plants for Ireland growing outside - like palm trees, fern trees etc.) is enough.

To visit the waterfall, most of the people just come with their barbecue, sit on the grass and stay there for a few hours. Not many know about the loop trail which leads to the top of the Djouce mountain, out of which the waterfall emerges. The path follows a densely wooded area. To walk the whole trail, you should allow one full day.

When you reach the waterfall, turn left and follow the forest path (at first flat, but later it turns into a steep zigzag), all the way up to the top of the Djouce mountain. The views from there are incredible: you can admire the bird's eye view of the cliffs, green fields, the waterfall and even spot the Irish Sea.

There will be a few crossroads but keep walking along the edge of the mountain and you will be fine. When you get down the first hill, you will see a magnificent green valley cut by the Dargle river which forms the waterfall. The area looks like a movie set for a fantasy film. This spot is particularly popular for camping, so feel free to do it if you want, it's amazing!

Now, climb the steep green hill and when you reach the top you will be amazed by the mighty Sugar Loaf Mountain emerging behind the horizon. Soon you should also spot the waterfall. Follow the path down and when you get to a little clearing, right before entering a woodland, turn right and follow the little path. Go down the hill and you are back at the entrance gate to the waterfall. If you are not sure where to go, you can always ask other hikers how to get to Enniskerry village or the gate to the Powerscourt waterfall.

 

 Sugar Loaf Mountain

Sugar Loaf Mountain

 On top of the mountain

On top of the mountain

 Wildflowers

Wildflowers

 Mushrooms

Mushrooms

 Moss

Moss

 Green Valley

Green Valley

 Dargle river before the waterfall

Dargle river before the waterfall

 Exceptionally green hills

Exceptionally green hills

 A carpet of flowers with Sugar Loaf in the background

A carpet of flowers with Sugar Loaf in the background

 Colorful path

Colorful path

 Beautiful Irish countryside - all the way up to the Irish Sea

Beautiful Irish countryside - all the way up to the Irish Sea

 

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