The Devil's Glen


Devil's Glen is situated about 4 km west of Ashford on the R763 road to Glendalough.

Site Description

The Devil's Glen boasts a dramatic landscape that was fashioned at the end of the  Ice Age when the melt waters of the ice sheet created the valley. The resultant gorge affords a swift decent for the Vartry River as it makes its way from the Vartry Reservoir to nearby Ashford village. The site hosts a mixture of broad leaf and conifer forest with fine stands of beech, Spanish chestnut and ash. The steep rock face of the gorge has been colonised by various species of plant life: lichens, mosses and the polypody fern. The area is home to Sika deer, fox, otter, badger and squirrel.

The site was once part of the Glanmore estate, former ancestral home of John Millington Synge. On the northern bank of the river you can see the privately owned Tottenham Estate.

Car Parking
Two car-parks service the Devils Glen. One of these car parks is located at the County road close to the start of the Seamus Heaney way this car-park has a capacity of 4 cars and is always accessible. A second car-park with a capacity of 25 cars and a coach-park are located at the start of the Waterfall Walk, access to these parking areas is limited to 9am to 5pm daily the opening hours of the barrier to the Devils Glen'.

Please note the Opening & Closing Times - 9.00am to 5.00pm

To prevent theft - Please ensure not to leave valuables on display in your vehicle.

The Devil's Glen Features

Arboretum, Picnic Site, Walking Trails,

How do I get there?

Approximately 5 km south of Newtownmountkennedy take a branch off the N11 to the left signposted Ashford. Follow the sign posts for Ashford for 2.5km into the centre of Ashford. Turn right at the roundabout on to the R764 signposted Roundwood. After approximately 0.5km take a left on to the R763 signposted Glendalough. Continue for another 3 km the entrance to the site is on your right.

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No of car spaces:30
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Contact Info

Contact name:Aidan Walsh