County Leitrim is one of the counties of Ireland and is part of the province of Connacht. Its name derives from the Irish Liath Druim, meaning 'grey ridge'.
Leitrim has a dramatic hilly and mountainous landscape in its northwest and is relatively flat in the southeast, each separated from the other by Lough Allen in the middle of the county. It is an unspoiled, peaceful land of great natural beauty, consisting of lofty mountains, deep valleys, pastures, lakes, rolling hills and rivers. Leitrim is not a landlocked county as it has a short length of Atlantic coastline (5km) between Sligo and Donegal in the northwest. Neighbouring Leitrim are the Ulster counties of Donegal to the north, Fermanagh to the northeast, and Cavan to the east, the Leinster county of Longford to the south and, to the west, the Connacht counties of Roscommon and Sligo. Fermanagh is in Northern Ireland while all the other neighbouring counties are within the Republic. Leitrim offers scenic panoramic vistas of Lough Allen and the River Shannon. The Shannon is linked to the Erne via the Shannon-Erne Waterway.
Lough Melvin is internationally renowned for its unique range of plants and animals. Lough Allen offers amazing views, especially from the road between Leitrim Village and Drumkeeran. Lough Gill is to the northwest of Dromahair; Parke's Castle is located on the lake shore. Other particularly beautiful lakes include Lough Garadice, Lough Glenade, Lough Rynn and Lough MacNean.
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Birdwatch Ireland Leitrim Branch
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CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.
Don Cotton’s Wildlife of Sligo and Leitrim
Sligo and Leitrim are in north-west Ireland at the very fringe of Europe. This is the gateway to what is becoming a comprehensive publication containing information about all aspects of the natural environment of these counties. The outline contents indicate the sections that will be written and illustrated over the next few years. For those interested in counties Sligo and Leitrim it will be worth keeping an eye on this site as additional information is being added on a regular basis.