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Vacation rentals in Lough Eske

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Cottage in Lough Eske
Luxurious modern cottage
This modern, luxurious cottage is truly special. It is located in the Tawnawully mountains by Lough Eske. It is set on 12 acres with a river running through it and a tumbling waterfall right by the cottage. Only 15 minutes drive to Donegal town, which has some really nice restaurants and bars. There is a castle to explore in the town and a wonderful craft village with a very good cafe. Ten minutes drive to Harveys Point and twelve minutes from Lough Eske castle, both reputable 5 * hotels.
$117 per night
Home in County Donegal
Lough View House
1 night may be available upon request with a different price plan. Loughview House is a modern home a ten minute drive from Donegal Town. It is situated in a quiet scenic area with breathtaking views of Lough Eske and Bluestack Mountains. The ground floor has two large sitting rooms,a well equiped kitchen with separate dining area,utility room and large hall. Upstairs has four large bedrooms,one of which has an ensuite. There is plenty of parking space and a large garden.
$170 per night
Rental unit in Donegal
★ Spacious & Modern | In the ♥ of Donegal Town ★
Situated in the heart of Donegal Town, our two bedroom apartment is the perfect place to stay in Donegal. Sleeping up to 4, we are seconds away from restaurants, shops, pubs and the famous Donegal Castle. Guests love us for our location, our cleanliness & excellent amenities nearby. Free Wifi & plenty of parking is available at a small charge. We're a popular choice if attending a wedding at the Abbey or Central Hotel, The Mill Park, Harvey's Point or Lough Eske Castle.
$138 per night

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$80 per night
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Te-Tee's centrally located townhouse.
$114 per night
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Donegal Town Apartment with Large Patio and Wifi
$93 per night
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The "Memphis Apartment" at Graceland on the W.W.W.
$71 per night
Condo in Donegal
*Luxury Apartment walking distance to Donegal Town
$163 per night
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The Eske Suite
$69 per night
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The Garden Suite
$86 per night
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“Hill Top Private Room 1” Donegal Town, Panoramic.
$67 per night
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Barnes Escape
$71 per night

Your guide to Lough Eske

All About Lough Eske

Lough Eske, or "Lake of the Fish," is a small lake nestled in Ireland's Northwest region in County Donegal. Wedged between the Blue Stack and Tawnawully Mountains, this scenic body of water is best known for its dramatic backdrops and excellent angling. It has a shoreline length of nine miles, and a maximum depth of 100 feet. As its name implies, Lough Eske is a hotbed for different species of fish, including salmon, sea trout, brown trout, grilse, autumn fish, and char. The three-mile River Eske is also great for fishing and flows southwest from Lough Eske through Donegal town.

Because of its scenic and unspoiled surroundings, the lake is a popular getaway destination, especially in the summer. You can explore one of many paths on the southwestern shores or along the newly reconstructed paths in Ardnamona Wood, or spend your day on the water. Kayaking and canoeing are popular activities here thanks to the numerous islands that can be explored along the way.

Several day walks and mountain biking trails wind through the beautiful Bluestack Mountains, and also by the beaches close to Donegal. Fifteenth-century castles dot the nearby landscape, adding to the lake’s charm.

When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Lough Eske?

Fishing season runs from the first of March to the end of September and is the most popular activity in the area. The weather during this time ranges from lows in the 40s to highs in the 60s Fahrenheit. Fall is a beautiful time to visit for those who are interested in other activities such as hiking, horseback riding, and golfing, as temperatures are in the comfortable 40s to 50s Fahrenheit. The winter is slightly cooler — and also note that it gets dark early here, as Lough Eske is so far north — calling for meals in front of a warm fire at night.

What are the top things to do in Lough Eske?


Depending on when you visit, there are all types of fishing to be had at Lough Eske. Spawning spring salmon are best caught between early April and the end of September (catches of up to 20 pounds are not uncommon). Grilse is prevalent from June through September, and sea trout are rife between July and September. Char populates the lake en masse for roughly two weeks at the end of October and beginning of November, when fishers can walk away with 30 or 40 specimens per day.

Ardnamona Wood Nature Reserve

Ardnamona Wood Nature Reserve is a native oak woodland stretching some 46.6 hectares along the western shore of Lough Eske. It’s one of the few old oak woodlands in Ireland, and is of scientific interest for its size and age. There’s a two- kilometer great loop walk that takes you by a wet woodland and rare plants such as Wood Sage, Bluebell, and Foxglove.

Donegal Castle

Visit this beautiful and historic Jacobean-style castle, first built in 1474, and learn the history of the O’Donnell clan. The original castle burned down in the early 1600s during the Nine Years War and was rebuilt after the war by Bastille Brooks, an English captain. The castle was practically in ruins for years but was refurbished back to its former glory in the 1990s. Visit the castle to learn more about its history, and that of the surrounding area, and to wander its picturesque grounds.

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