Located in the appropriately named Lakelands region of the Republic of Ireland, County Leitrim derives its natural beauty from its many lakes, the River Shannon and a modest but gorgeous five kilometres of coastline. Leitrim is divided geographically by Lough Allen into the mountainous north-west and the flat south-east. Car hire in Leitrim permits travellers access to the secluded byways of this least populated county, which is known for its hospitable pubs and lively folk music.
Accommodation in County Leitrim is plentiful for such a sparsely populated area, particularly to the south-east of Lough Allen. Lough Rynn Castle Hotel in Mohill along the R202 motorway is a good bet for south Leitrim. For visitors wishing to stay closer to the coast, Kingsfort Country House Hotel in the village of Ballintogher Sligo is situated on the eastern end of Lough Gill, just a few minutes from Sligo Town.
The county is home to dozens of historical sites and several historical trails. Leitrim shares Lough Gill with County Sligo, and on its eastern banks lies Parke's Castle, a large fortification with origins dating back to the 1400s or earlier. The castle is open to the public from March to October. A 16th-century cemetery near Carrigallen overlooks Gulladoo Lake and is fabled to be the site of one of St Patrick's mass baptisms.
The rural nature of the region attracts many tourists who enjoy outdoor activities. Angling and boating are popular around the lakes of Leitrim, while cycling in the lowlands and hiking in the highlands draw an increasing number of outdoorsy tourists each year.