County Leitrim is a mainly inland county, with just 3 km of coastline. The landscape is varied: made up of rolling hills, lakes, rivers, pastures and bogland. Angling is particularly popular in Leitrim and much of the county is dominated by its waterways which include the Shannon Erne Waterway. River cruising is one of the most popular activities in the area, and Carrick-on-Shannon is one of the best locations on the River Shannon for hiring cruising boats.
As well as angling and sailing attractions, the county boasts numerous golf courses and horse-riding activities.
Top Attractions in County Leitrim
Cavan and Leitrim Railway – Station House, Station Road, Dromod – Transport museum, established in 1993 and run entirely by volunteers. We offer tourists and enthusiasts a variety of Narrow Gauge Trains, Buses, Planes, Fire Engines and Artillery. The museum is located beside the Irish Rail station in Dromod.
Costello Chapel – Bridge Street, Carrick-on-Shannon – Europe’s smallest chapel – Costello Chapel, built in 19th Century, found in Carrick-on-Shannon.
Glencar Waterfall – Glencar – Celebrated by the poet W.B. Yeats
Lough Rynn House and Gardens – Mohill – Lakeside house with ornamental gardens and nature trail.
Parke’s Castle – Fivemile Bourne, Lough Gill – A restored plantation castle of the early 17th century, picturesquely situated on the shores of Lough Gill, once the home of Robert Parke and his family.
Seán Mac Diarmada Cottage – Kiltyclogher
Sliabh an Iarainn Visitor Centre – Drumshanbo – This visitor centre in Drumshanbo illustrates the historical development of transport and industry in the region.
The North Leitrim Glens – New Line, Manorhamilton – The seven delightful green glens of this region are Glencar, Glenfarne, Glenaniff, Glenboy, Glenkeel, Gleniff and Glenade.
Main Destinations in County Leitrim
Carrick-on-Shannon, often identified as ‘Carrick’ for short, is a centre for boating and pleasure-cruising and is located on the River Shannon. It is the county town of Leitrim and is the site on what is thought to be the second smallest chapel in the world.
Drumshanbo is situated in the shadow of the Slieve Anierin and the Arigna Mountains. Its position at the southern end of Lough Allen makes it a prized angling resort. The surrounding area is mountainous and hilly.
Manorhamilton is the principal town of north County Leitrim located in the centre of the North Leitrim Glens, an area renowned for its hillwalking.
Getting Here and Around
Leitrim is located in the midlands, towards the north-west of Ireland. It is accessible by bus from Sligo, Galway, and Dublin. Leitrim is also served by the Dublin-Sligo rail line. Details on getting to and around Leitrim can be found in our Co. Leitrim Transport Guide.