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Leitrim is Ireland’s Lost World – ‘You learn to live by a different rhythm here’

Ireland’s least populous county is an off-radar antidote to crowded staycations. The middle-of-nowhereness of it all is perfect for slow, off-season travel

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Fowley's Falls, Co Leitrim. Photo: Fáilte Ireland

Fowley's Falls, Co Leitrim. Photo: Fáilte Ireland

The Shannon Blueway’s floating boardwalk near Drumshanbo, Co Leitrim

The Shannon Blueway’s floating boardwalk near Drumshanbo, Co Leitrim

Tina Pommer foraging near Fowley's Falls. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

Tina Pommer foraging near Fowley's Falls. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

A Meadowsweet Fizz mocktail at The Shed Distillery, Drumshanbo. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

A Meadowsweet Fizz mocktail at The Shed Distillery, Drumshanbo. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

Eagle's Rock, Co Leitrim

Eagle's Rock, Co Leitrim

Glencar Lake, Co Leitrim. Photo: Fáilte Ireland

Glencar Lake, Co Leitrim. Photo: Fáilte Ireland

The mosaic-tiled shopfront of Geraghty's in Carrick-on-Shannon. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

The mosaic-tiled shopfront of Geraghty's in Carrick-on-Shannon. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól at the Organic Centre in Co Leitrim

Pól at the Organic Centre in Co Leitrim

Eileen Gibbons of Electric Bike Trails

Eileen Gibbons of Electric Bike Trails

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Fowley's Falls, Co Leitrim. Photo: Fáilte Ireland

You could fit the entire population of Co Leitrim into one side of Croke Park.

Just 32,000 souls, give or take, live around the towns, farms, lakes, mountains and rivers of this beautiful, elusive county. Maybe that’s one reason the rest of us know so little about it. It feels like Ireland’s Lost World.


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