Lough Eske Castle

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • One of the top three luxury hotels in Ireland, according to Condé Nast Traveler 
  • The only 5 star hotel in Donegal, named "the coolest place on the planet" by National Geographic Traveller Magazine 
  • Picturesque location by Lough Eske, at the foot of the Bluestack Mountains
  • Award-winning Spa, plus an indoor pool and thermal suite


The 5-star Lough Eske Castle, close to the historic town of Donegal in the Northwest region of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way, offers luxurious accommodation in a meticulously restored 17th-century castle, blending its historic past with a dash of contemporary elegance.

Set in 43 acres of woodland with views of the Bluestack Mountains, the hotel has 96 spacious bedrooms with deep carpets, marble bathrooms and complimentary robes and slippers for maximum comfort. Condé Nast Traveler has named Lough Eske one of it's top three luxury hotels in Ireland, praising the "stylish upgrade" of a "magnificent building" and the "lavish" interiors. National Geographic Traveller has also recently named county Donegal as one of the coolest hotspots to visit in 2017.

Facilities at the hotel include Cedars Grill Restaurant, which serves contemporary cuisine with local ingredients. The Irish Independent described dinner as "faultless", with "impeccably cooked local meat and creative dishes". Post-dinner, guests can retire to a selection of cosy reading rooms or to the Gallery Bar, described by Condé Nast Traveler as "wonderfully atmospheric". 

Lough Eske is also home to the sumptuous Spa -- named Ulster Spa of The Year 2016 in the Irish Tatler Spa Awards -- where guests get complimentary access to the swimming pool and fitness centre.

The hotel boasts a collection of accolades, and has been awarded Luxury Hotel of the Year 2017 by the Luxury Travel Guide. The Daily Telegraph has also shortlisted this property as one of its best 5-star hotels in Ireland, praising the "marvellous service" and "splendid setting".

Rooms & Rates

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  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Indoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • Pet-friendly
  • Spa
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour security
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Bike rental
  • Currency exchange / ATM
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Business center
  • Baby-sitting service (fees apply)

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mini bar
  • Safe
  • Sitting area
  • DVD / CD player & library
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer
  • Separate shower
  • Luxury toiletries


  • Complimentary parking
  • Public car park


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.
Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Children and additional guests: Extra guest charges apply as follows: 30€ per person, per night for children aged 4-12 inclusive; 60€ per person, per night for children aged 13-16 inclusive; 70€ per person, per night for children and adults aged 17 and over. Extra beds are available on request. Please use the Special Requests field to request extra beds.
Children aged 3 and under stay free of charge, in an infant's cot/crib on request. Please use the Special Requests field to request a cot/crib.
Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel. See room descriptions and rate policies for information about room occupancy levels.

Pets: Pets are only permitted in Courtyard and Garden Suites, and must be approved by Reservations. Please contact the hotel prior to booking to check availability and prices.

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Customer Service available Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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