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5 Best Hidden Waterfalls in Northern Ireland

Updated: Jan 2

Your Ultimate Guide to exploring off-the-beaten track waterfalls scattered across Northern Ireland.


Northern Ireland is home to some of the best natural wonders the UK has to offer, and among them are some of the most enchanting hidden waterfalls waiting to be discovered. Tucked away in remote corners and nestled within lush forests, these hidden gems offer a tranquil escape into nature's embrace.


In this article, we share 5 of the best waterfalls in Northern Ireland which you need to add to your Northern Ireland bucket list this year. We hope you enjoy!


Image of Cranny Falls in Northern Ireland


1) Glenariff Waterfall


This place is breathtaking and not just the beautiful views and variety of native plants. The walks will literally take your breath away.


The waterfalls here shouldn't be missed (it's worth the 3k hike!), and by doing the waterfall hike you'll see around 3-4 falls!


Image of Glenariff Waterfall in Northern Ireland

2) Silent Valley Reservoir Waterfall


This great double little waterfall is tucked away not to far from the roadside and is the perfect place to unwind in peace. There isn't much else to see apart from this waterfall, and you'll only spend around 10 minutes here. If you're in the area, we'd definitely recommend!


Image of Silent Valley Reservoir Waterfall in Northern Ireland

3) Ess-na-Crub Waterfall


Eas Tardil Waterfall is a fantastic hidden waterfall bouncing off the cliff face and finally in front of a sea cave. If you're going to visit, don't forget that it's only visible from the seaward side of the East Waternish peninsula!


Image of Ess-na-Crub Waterfall in Northern Ireland


4) Cranny Falls


Cranny Falls is a wonderful waterfall, and is definitely worth a visit. It is a 1.5 km walk on a well maintained path, so it is very easy to get to.


Not only do you get to see an amazing waterfall, but you'll also be rewarded with lovely views and lots of wildlife for those who love their photography. You might even find belonite fossils on the loose rocks!


Image of Cranny Falls in Northern Ireland

5) Cregagh Glen Waterfall


Visitors can enjoy this fantastic walk up into hills above East Belfast. It'll reward you with great views across the city and a beautiful glen with a waterfall and light dappling through deciduous trees!


Even a 12 to 14 hundred year old hill fort at the top (not in great repair but still worth seeing).


Image of Cregagh Glen Waterfall in Northern Ireland

We hoped you enjoyed discovering the local finds and less known waterfalls which are scattered around Northern Ireland. We are confident that visiting some of these hidden gems will make your Northern Ireland trip even more memorable!


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