Lost in Leitrim


I’m still working on my ‘Wild Atlantic Wayfarer’ project. Today took me to Leitrim, I don’t have any activities planned there yet so I made use of my feet and went for a walk. I’ve wanted to check out Fowley’s Falls, Rossinver for a long time so I finally got there. It wasn’t that easy to find the place, I followed the sign for the falls but somehow ended up going round in a circle and coming back out to the main road where I started from! So back around I went again and met up with a farmer who told me to ‘Follow that silver van’ – there wasn’t a sign of a silver van until I drove around a bend and lo and behold there was the van so I followed it!

Forest walk

Thankfully the silver van was going to Fowley’s Falls so I got there in the end! It was lovely and dry when I started out so I walked quite a long way along the river. Most of the path looks like the photo at the top of this page, there are some steps though but it’s not a tough walk.

Glenanniff River

The river and the falls are just beautiful, a real wow factor. I didn’t take any decent photos of the falls because in true fashion the heavens opened and I got pelted with enormous hail stones….so I moved fairly quickly and found a little old cottage where I sheltered for a while.

Cottage dwellers

I thought I was alone in the cottage until I heard some noise in the next room….I had company! I didn’t want to frightened the mother and baby so after I took a couple of photos I left and went back out into the elements to begin the walk back to the car.

Cottage window

Fowley's Falls

I was completely soaked when I got back to the main road, I found out my waterproof coat wasn’t in the slightest bit waterproof. I’m starting to think that a wetsuit would be a better idea!

Mini waterfall

The worst of it all was when I got to the road there was no sign of my car! I have no sense of direction so I’d missed the entrance that I’d taken to get down to the falls and I was squelching along the road at this stage! I had to flag down a farmer to see if he’s spotted a bright green car along the roadside…thankfully he had and I wasn’t that far away from it. This isn’t the first time I’ve lost the car! On the plus side I didn’t fall over although I will have to go back again to get some decent photos of the falls preferably when it’s not raining. I’m hoping my next adventure is a dry one!

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  1. That’s really a nice spot, I’ve never been there. When you return to Rossinver, check out the Organic Centre. Lot’s of different gardens to look at.

      1. Take the road from Manorhamilton to Rossinver. Keep driving and you’ll see the signpost to the falls on the left, there are various laybys on the right.

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