Glenbarrow is one of the most scenic parts of the Slieve Bloom area with its waterfalls and steep-sided valley. The area is quite remote but has become one of the most popular visitor sites in the mountains. The recently improved car-parking area caters for more than 50 cars, but get there early on sunny weekend days. If the car-park is full, please park with care for our neighbours access to their homes and farms.
There are a choice of long and short looped trails and the first trail is buggy-friendly as far as the area known as Flat Rock.
The area was extensively quarried in the 1800’s and there are still many signs of the quarrying activities evident today – the exposed bedrock of the red sandstone and the holes where explosives were placed.
The river Barrow has cut it’s way through the deposits of an ancient glaciers and now sits in a steep sided vally. The main trail past the waterfall leads you up through the valley, past old homesteads in Cones and eventually out onto the Nature Reserve on the Ridge of Capard. There has been extensive trail repair work here in recent years, so it is easier to get out there and enjoy this wonderful valley.
But mind that the terrain can be rough in parts, especially higher up so be prepared with appropriate clothing and footwear.

From Clonaslee in the direction of Mountmellick on the R422, the turn for Glenbarrow is on the right hand side 6 km from Clonaslee. There are signposts to Glenbarrow all the way.

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Things to do


Visitors Facilities on site


Picnic site

Walking trails

Car Parking – 30 cars

trail map

Nearby pit stops