The landlocked County of Carlow, beautiful for scenery is crisscrossed by two rivers, in the east of the county is the Slaney and in the west, the Barrow. On the banks of the Barrow, if you don't want to take part in the coarse fishing, you will find Black Castle at Leighlinsbridge. A twelfth century ruin, it is one of many castles in Carlow (Ballymoon Castle being another) due to the frontier nature of the county during Anglo Norman settlement. The River Slaney flows through its eastern part, which is an extension of the granite area of County Wicklow. West of this lies the fertile limestone land of Barrow Valley, and beyond to the north-west is pleasant upland country. The county has much to offer the sightseer, the sportsman and the climber.