Tullydermot Falls is a spectacular waterfall located in the Cuilcaigh Mountains near Swanlinbar. The site is one of thirty four sites which make up the Marble Arch Geopark.
Wheelchair and Buggy Accessible
The waterfall is easily accessible by foot or wheelchair or buggy with a trail going from an information station at the parking lot. To get there go to Swanlinbar and at the Church, or at The Stables pub in the centre of the town turn up towards the mountain approximately three miles and the parking lot is on the left hand side.
The Falls occur in the upper reaches of the Claddagh River, which is a tributary of the river Erne which flows through Belturbet town. There are a series of waterfalls and rapids here as the river works its way down through the mountains towards Swanlinbar. The falls and rapids are caused by the action of the water upon the underlying bedrock of which consists of both sandstone and softer limestone shale which is constantly being eroded. In fact Tullydermot Falls was the scene of a massive collapse in the winter of 2009 where several tonnes of the waterfall face collapsed. The waterfall is still very impressive, easily accessible and well worth the visit.
For the more adventurous, why not walk up along the river and view several other falls and rapids. The water is very shallow but is teeming with small brown trout for the avid angler. When in the parking lot if you look across the road you will see an old red barn. An unmaintained trail runs from here and provides the easiest access for hill walking enthusiasts.
Approximately two miles up the river from the road there is another purely majestic waterfall which is perhaps more impressive than Tullydermot Falls. This is the ideal spot for a picnic, a spot of angling, or for the more adventurous perhaps a swim in the purest darkest water in Ireland!!!
Instead of driving back to Swanlinbar stay on the road and it will bring you to Blackrocks Cross which was the seat of power for the Maguire clan in times gone by. If you turn right at the cross towards Blacklion you will drive through the Bellavally gap which has to be the most picturesque drive in Cavan. Blacklion and the surrounding area boasts a wealth of things to do such as walking to the Shannon Pot, or doing miles of trails through the Burren Forest. It is also close to Cuilcaigh Mountain Park and the world renowned Marble Arch Caves, where visitors can take a boatride through some of the most fantastic caves in the world.
West Cavan is an archaeological treasure trove for outdoor enthusiasts, hill walkers, cave explorers, and ecotourists. This is true Cavan landscape at its finest unexplored, unspoilt, rugged and absolutely beautiful. Best of all, this entire region is only a half an hour drive from the lively town of Belturbet which is the ideal base for those who want to explore the region.
For more information contact Discover Belturbet or visit The Railway Station Information office in Belturbet Town for brochures.