County Leitrim's untamed landscape and authentic rural charm are cherished by those who call it home. Leitrim was ravaged by the Famine in the 19th century and spent subsequent generations struggling with mass emigration and unemployment, but while today it's Ireland's least populated county, it's a hideaway for artists, writers and musicians, and a popular boating centre.
Virtually split in two by Lough Allen, the county is traversed by the mighty River Shannon, which remains its biggest draw. Lively Carrick-on-Shannon, the county town, makes a great base for exploring the region by road or water. Leitrim provides a vital link between counties Sligo and Donegal, via a 4.7km stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way (N15) where Leitrim meets the ocean.