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Overlooking a stretch of countryside between Lough Eske and the Blue Stack Mountains, Lough Eske Castle, a five star hotel in Donegal, offers an exhilarating destination for holidays in Ireland. Guests will find the castle hotel is in close proximity to an assortment of Donegal activities and attractions.

Book one of our Ireland holiday breaks, spa escapes, or midweek deals , and experience the vacation adventure of a lifetime. Lough Eske Castle, a Solis Hotel & Spa. Where life takes you.

The Perfect Base to Explore Ireland's beautiful North West and the Wild Atlantic Way

Lough Eske Castle is the ideal base for exploring the rugged beauty of Ireland's incredibly scenic North West region.  Experience  authentic Ireland away from the traditional tourist trails and be inspired by the breat-taking scenic drives along Donegal's Wild Atlantic Way.


The Castle is located within a short distance of the 7 wonders of the Northwest - a must see for all new visitors to the region.


Walking enthusiasts can embark on the world renowned and globally popular International Appalachian Trail, part of which surrounds Lough Eske Castle in the form of the Bluestack Mountains.



Join our Executive Chef in the castle's kitchen for a cooking demonstration followed by a glass of sparkling Prosecco and a four course dinner in Cedars Restaurant.

Available Monday-Wednesday and by appointment only.


€85 per adult with a minimum number of 2 participants required

To book this activity, please call:  +353 (0) 7497 25100

Adventure Donegal

Adventure Donegal work closely with us in organising activities for groups, which include

Hillwalking, Surfing, Climbing/Abseiling

Orienteering, Raftbuilding, Kayaking/Canoeing

Gorge-Walking, Archery, Treasure Trail, Nightline

Paintballing & Coasteering.

If you are interested in taking part in some of these activities during your stay contact our reservations team today on +353 7497 25100

Classic Car Hire

Donegal is the last frontier in Western Europe. Unspoilt beaches, quiet country lanes and mountain passes await you. What better way to explore this countryside left behind by the modern world than in a car from the past.

Drive along the coast or venture deeper into the heart of the countryside through the Glenveagh National Parkland Mount Errigal. There will be ample opportunities to stop for a tea break at the craft shops along the way and mix with the locals.

If you are interested in hiring a car during your stay contact our reservations team today on +353 7497 25100


South Donegal in the Summer provides a brilliant backdrop for the plethora of activities which the county offers. Golfers are nearby greens, Anglers can cast upon the many lakes or rivers and the mighty Atlantic challenges sea anglers. Escape to the unspoiled areas by bike or on foot with walkers spoiled for choice with routes at both high and low level as well as waymarked routes. Trek along the vast landscape on horseback or partake in something a little more demanding at an outdoor adventure centre ... Discover Donegal in the Summer and Discover Your Love of the Great Outdoors.

We provide further details on specific activities such as Golf, Walking, Surfing & Water sports, Horseriding and Fishing but for those of you just looking for ideas, here's a flavour of what you can do while staying at Lough Eske Castle.

  • Wild Atlantic Way - discover the beauty of the rugged Donegal coastline and immerse yourself in authentic Irish culture in this wonderful 'off the beaten track' destination.
  • Hiking & Biking- on our doorstep trails and tours around Lough Eske and through the majestic Bluestack Mountains
  • Pristine Beaches- beautiful sandy beaches with Blue Flag Status - within 20 mins drive
  • Watersports - South Donegal coastline has some of Ireland's best surfing - within 20 mins drive
  • Horseback Riding- Lakeside and beachside riding excursions for experienced riders - within 30 mins drive
  • Coastal Sailing- Boating tours and sailing excursions - within 20 mins drive to 1hr 15 mins drive
  • Scuba Diving - Boat and shore diving day trips - within 30 mins drive
  • Superb Fishing- unspoiled lake and river angling as well as salt water fishing - 5 mins walk to 15 mins drive.
  • Golf- 4 championship links golf courses between 10 and 45 minutes drive
  • Donegal Waterbus- a one hour cruise exploring Donegal Bay with commentary on historic sites - within 10 mins drive.
  • Day Trips- Slieve League the highest sea cliff in Europe, castles, ruins and other historical sites nearby - 45 mins drive.
  • Visit Glenveagh National Park, voted one of the “7 wonders of the west of Ireland”. Read more about Glenveagh National Park. Approx 1 hour 15 mins drive.
  • International Appalachian Trail- Experience the world famous walk, on the doorstep of Lough Eske Castle, which stretches from Slieve League through the Bluestack Mountains to the beautiful Antrim coast.


The Northwest of Ireland has been selected by the IAGTO as the European golf destination of 2011. Read more here about the superior golf facilities available within easy reach of Lough Eske Castle.

Donegal Golf Course (Murvagh), is an outstanding championship links course, designed by Eddie Hackett, and continually featured in Golf World’s Top 100 Courses in Ireland and Great Britain. It is located within a 10 minute drive of Lough Eske Castle.

Narin / Portnoo Golf Course offers golfers magnificent scenery with stunning views of Gwebarra Bay. This links course is located about 45 minutes drive from Lough Eske Castle.

Ballyliffin Golf Course with two magnificent links courses to play, this club offers the golfer an opportunity for a challenging game of golf along with some of Ireland's most breathtaking coastline scenes.

Bundoran Golf Club offers an 18 hole links and parkland course which is within a 20 minute drive of the Castle.

Surfing and Water Sports

Do you want to get out and face the wilderness? Do you want to get back to nature? Consider a holiday at Lough Eske Castle and you can experience an Ireland you only dreamed existed.

Donegal Adventure Centre & Surf School - Offers surfing, skateboarding, a full high ropes and climbing centre, team building and watersports. All equipment is provided.

Bundoran Surf School - Quality surf coaching with local surfers. Fully insured. ISA approved.

Donegal Waterbus - a one and a half hour cruise aboard a luxurious 165 seater cruiser which gives a commentary on history, flora, fauna and sealife. A must for all new visitors to the area! Cliick on the link to email us for sailings during your visit to Lough Eske Castle.

Slieve League - Sliabh Liag - Boat Trips on the Nuala Star. This is a sightseeing trip to Europe's highest sea cliffs. Sailing times are 10, 12, 2, 4 and 6. Sheltered seating is available for all passengers. Also available for Whale, Dolphin and Bird Watching, Sea Angling and Dive Charters.


Revel in the beauty of a constantly changing landscape and enjoy unhindered access to Atlantic beaches, moors, mountains and forest trails and lake shores.

Breath in crystal clear air, guide your mount through a clean mountain stream or along the white sands of an unpolluted shoreline. Listen to the sounds of nature and delight in the vivid colours of the wild flora. Mostly, though, enjoy the people, the fun and the sheer bliss which is the essence of an equestrian adventure in Lough Eske.

The following two equestrian centres are approved by A.I.R.E. the Association of Irish Riding Establishments.


Fishing on Lough Eske

Lough Eske, also referred to as Lough Eask translates from the Gaelic as “lake abounding in fish”. Brown trout, sea trout and salmon are caught on a catch and release basis and are widely available to fish so good luck and enjoy your day on Lough Eske! Fishing season is from May to September.

A fishing license and a permit fee are required to fish on Lough Eske which also includes the hire of a 2 man boat. BOOK FISHING on Lough Eske.

Smoke your own fish at Lough Eske Castle

We will teach you everything from gutting and cleaning the fish to detailed discussions of curing & smoking methods. Bring your fresh catch or we will supply you with fresh trout, mackerel or salmon. Afterwards you will be treated to a tasting of freshly smoked salmon and a glass of chilled white wine.

Eske Fishery and Game Angling

The Eske fishery consists of the 5km River Eske, the 900-acre Lough Eske and its tributaries. The Lough and its tributaries are amongst the most picturesque in Donegal set among the Blue Stack and Tawnawully Mountains. The fishery is noted for its spring salmon, sea trout and char and is also a productive brown trout fishery. The fisher has a run of spring salmon, a good run of grilse and late salmon. Sea trout angling is at its best from late July onwards.

The River Eske itself is best fished from Timony's Turn to the Mill Pool on the outskirts of Donegal Town, below and above Miss Jenny's Bridge in the Middle section of the river and at the Eel Weir Turn downstream on Lough Eske Bridge. Fly fishing and spinning are the most popular angling methods on the fishery depending on water heights. Closed for salmon and sea trout over 40cm.

Sea Angling

Donegal is blessed with an extensive coastline and vast ocean offering the visiting angler an opportunity to sample some of the best shore and deep sea fishing in Ireland. Washed by some of the cleanest and clearest seas in Europe, wide stands and stretches of rugged rocky coastline entice shore anglers to dip their rod for that elusive mackerel or pollock. Deep sea angling in Donegal is exciting, inexpensive and most importantly a memorable experience full of character and characters.

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