Time was ticking on when we left the gardens at Powerscourt and we feared we would have to give the waterfall a miss. Realising that it stayed open longer and later than the mansion and gardens and ascertaining it was just about a ten minute drive away suited us down to the ground. We decided we couldn’t leave without taking a look.
This is Ireland’s highest waterfall at 121 metres. We found it easily and paid (another fee) to enter the grounds. A lovely drive from the gate lodge to the waterfall through beech, oak, larch and pine trees. Some of these were planted over 200 years ago and I spotted some of my all time favourites too – the giant redwoods.
We parked up and walked a super short distance to the waterfall. It tumbles down the Dargle Valley and has been a major attraction since the 1760’s. We were able to get up close and admire it from all angles – pretty special.
Afterwards it was the drive from hell through Dublin at rush hour before we eventually emerged just about intact at the other side of the city. A quick look at Tripadvisor the previous evening meant we’d already sorted a place to have dinner later on – the Man O’War at Balbriggan.
Good ratings led us to make a booking, glad we’d done our homework we would never have found this gem otherwise. In the middle of nowhere, rural to say the least, it is the most quaint and lovely building. All whitewashed with a thatched roof and milk churns outside, it was love at first sight for me.
Inside did not disappoint either. Traditional with lots of quirky stuff around from old scales to musical instruments there was so much to look at. Friendly service from excellent staff and delicious food meant the perfect end to a great trip.