Leitrim is one of Ireland's most sparsely populated and hence most unspoilt counties. Dominated by water whether in the form of the might River Shannon, the stunning Lough Allen or the spectacular Glencar Waterfall that inspired Ireland's greatest poet Leitrim's quiet waterways and unmarred beauty will delight the most jaded of visitors.
With such beautiful waterways it is hardly surprising that waterborne tourism is the most popular in Leitrim. From the bustling waterfront town of Carrick-on-Shannon, the largest cruiser base in the northwest it is possible to hire boats for trips up and down the Shannon. Perfect for anglers or just those who desire the secluded privacy of their own boat and the magnificent vista that unfolds as they sail along. Leitrim is perfect for anyone who enjoys spending their holidays next to or on the water.
But perhaps the greatest charm it docking the boat at night and stepping off into one of Leitrim's charming towns and villages, wandering though the pretty streets and into one of the comfortable local bars. The locals are sure to make you welcome and there's always the chance of an impromptu music session or a ceilidh taking place. You'll never what you'll find when you step off the Shannon.
The area north of Lough Allen is mountainous, reaching its highest point of just over 2,000 feet on the Sligo border, north of Glencar Lake, home to the Glencar Waterfall which is over 50 foot high and one of the most romantic parts of the county. Lough Allen itself is home to one of the finest beaches in Ireland and the long sandy, golden expanse is very popular in the hot summer months for locals and visitors alike.
One of the last bastions of solitude Leitrim is a place to get away from it all. Through the maze of waterways and lakes it is possible to lose yourself in the rivers of the county or in the forests and mountains that provide such wonderful scenery. And once lost you might never want to be found.