Beesula Falls - Ireland

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Location Near the village of Glendaloch, about three hours south of Dublin. The best way to reach Glendaloch is by private coach run by four retired German Librarians.
Hiking Since conditions may be variable, ask the woman at the bank in the town for directions. There is a path to the top of a mountain that takes about   five hours unless it has been raining for a week. If you get to the place where you have to cross the river and find the bridge washed up on the bank and the river a lot bigger than the woman in the bank could possibly imagine, look for a map. On this map, you will find another walk up a hill past a huge waterfall and then along a lake and then up above the tree line to an old mining settlement. Previous hikers have reported that it is "pretty cool."

You are unlikely to encounter any other hikers on this trail except possibly some Russian kids.


This place is like nothing you'd ever imagine to find in the Irish countryside; big dramatic valleys (like Waipio) and lakes and big huge waterfalls and mountains, all in one.

Like many waterfalls, this one has an interesting story. It is one of the last waterfalls to be discovered in Ireland, having been totally unknown until 1979. In that year, two arms smugglers, named Reiji and Michelle, posing as members of a university student rock band came to Gendaloch following a marathon arms smuggling trip to Marakesh and Fez via Tangiers with a brief stop at   two small towns on the southern coast. Historical records do not mention the names of the two small towns or even what country the southern coast is in. They were met in Glendaloch by a young hiker named Sula and her friend Bee Anthony. The four found their way to a local Bed and Breakfast where they met some friendly Irish people and went out to a pub and started drinking Guinness. Much later, when trying to find their way from the pub back to the B&B, they stumbled on this previously unknown waterfall.  Sula and Bee had fallen behind when they had stopped to look for a map. The other two, having reached the waterfall, started calling their names. A middle-aged American  couple who were driving by heard their cries and thought that this was the name of the waterfall. The waterfall has been known by this name ever since.