Castle Hotels Ireland

Lough Eske Castle

A Truly Unique Luxury Castle Hotel in Ireland

Lough Eske Castle, a hotel and spa, sits within 43 acres of forest woodland, hugging the shores of Lough Eske, with the Blue Stack Mountains in the background. 

Lough Eske Castle Hotel is the only five star hotel in Donegal. Winner of the World's Best Luxury Country Hotel and topping My Guide Ireland’s Top 10 Hotels in Ireland, this lovingly restored castle hotel in Ireland blends its historic past with a dash of contemporary elegance.

Escape into a luxurious world of relaxed grandeur and extraordinary personal service. From the spa to the dining table to your beautifully appointed guestroom, we provide a truly accommodating environment where our dedication to the guest is thoughtful, reliable, consistent and complete. Superb service and superior amenities make every day here a perfect day.

Step into the Solis Lough Eske Castle, and you step into an imposing Tudor-baronial castle, lavishly refurbished in 2007 and extended to create the modern comforts and graceful refinement of a world class boutique hotel. With stunning views amidst hundreds of acres of unspoiled woodlands, the landscape is as magnificent as the castle hotel itself.


Lough Eske Castle traces its roots all the way back to the late 1400’s and the famous O’Donnell family that founded the nearby town of Donegal.

The original castle was first built around 1474. A date stone of 1621 remains on the property to this day. The current Lough Eske Castle was constructed in the 1860s on the site of an old Brooke mansion, but was destroyed by fire in 1939. The newly renovated Lough Eske Castle stands as a continuing testament to the rich history of Lough Eske and the surrounding region.

History of Lough Eske

History of Donegal

Diary entries of former owner Major General Henry George White -1894

About The Castle

Beyond its imperial stone and glass façade, Lough Eske Castle, a Solis Hotel & Spa is the soothing embodiment of casual country living. The design and décor are supremely elegant, yet the mood is exceptionally easygoing. From impressive sculptures in the courtyard fountain to the diverse abundance of outdoor pursuits, this mystical County Donegal Ireland hotel celebrates the pastoral charms of Irish village life.

Upon arrival at this beautiful luxury baronial estate, our greeter welcomes you to Lough Eske Castle. You will be ushered up the sandstone steps and into an inviting lobby with elegant stone floors and an imposing oak staircase.

Inside, you’ll find attractive open fireplaces and comfortable Drawing Rooms with fabulous views of our beautifully landscaped gardens. You can escape into the quiet seclusion of our Library or wander into the Gallery Bar to meet friends and relax over drinks and light refreshments.

Follow the steps down from the lobby area, and you will discover a Lobby Lounge with an exposed sandstone wall, open fireplace and traditional Chesterfield leather sofas accompanied with coffee tables.

Sculptures At Lough Eske Castle

'Sculpture Exhibition at Lough Eske Castle’

Bronze sculptures surround the castle and smaller pieces are exhibited in the public areas inside the hotel. A sensational three metre high central fountain at the main entrance to the castle featuring seven leaping salmon was created especially for Lough Eske castle by Lloyd Le Blanc at his foundry in Leicestershire, England.

Sculptors Lloyd Le Blanc and the late Judith Holmes Drewry are the artists responsible for the many commissioned pieces throughout the castle & gardens.

All the works are in bronze, they are limited editions and are available to purchase by contacting Le Blanc Fine Art directly. Private commissions are also undertaken.

To view both artists full portfolio please visit

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Buy a Gift Card

Want to get someone special a wonderful and welcome treat?

Give a Solís Gift Card.

This is a welcome gift, giving the receiver great flexibility to enjoy your kindness.

Simply choose a cash amount or a specific gift such as a Spa Treatment, Afternoon Tea, Dinner for Two or an Overnight Stay.

To buy a Gift Voucher, please call +353 (0)7497 25100 or email us today: Click here.


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