Top 3 Castle Hotels Near Donegal, Ireland - Updated 2024

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If you love being immersed in nature, then Donegal is the place to be. This city in Ireland boasts scenic, Instagram-worthy delights, such as the majestic Glenveagh Castle, tranquil Lough Eske and stunning beaches. It also entices travellers with its exhilarating things to do. Grab a few friends and even your pet dog and visit Ardnamona Woods. Located less than a 15-minute drive to the northeast of Donegal, this nature reserve has a walking trail that takes you past native trees such as oak, ash and willow. Star Wars fans can head to the northern part of Donegal Township where Malin Head is located. This rugged coastal area was featured in The Last Jedi.

With so much exploring to do, you’ll want to retire to premium accommodation at the end of each day. Scroll down to check out our list of the top castle hotels near Donegal, Ireland.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on April 14, 2024.

1. Lough Eske Castle (from USD 387)

Plan a wedding, an intimate dinner for two or a romantic escape to this beautiful Edwardian castle hotel. It’s been winning awards since 2017 for its luxurious amenities, culinary offerings and exceptional wellness facilities. Located in Donegal, this family-friendly hotel was erected in 1861 on the site of what was once the residence of the rich and powerful, such as the O'Donnells.

For the ultimate experience in this 5-star hotel in Donegal, Ireland, book a stay in the Vice Presidential Suite. The plush furnishings include a four-poster bed and sofa. In the bathroom, you’ll find a freestanding clawfoot bathtub to soak all your cares away.

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Lough Eske Castle

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: Lough Eske Castle Road

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Sauna Fitness centre

2. Castle Grove Country House Hotel (from USD 198)

The luxurious, 4-star experience that you’ll enjoy at Castle Grove Country House Hotel is all thanks to the Sweeney family. In 1989, they made Castle Grove what it is today while retaining some aspects of its past, prevalent in its elegant, vintage furnishings. Enjoy the historic touch, chic style and magnificence of the original house amid a serene environment.

You won’t find any lifts here as this is a listed Georgian house. Instead, a staircase leads up to most of the 15 en-suite guest bedrooms. One of the best hotels in Donegal, Ireland, the property also features accessible rooms at the ground level. So if accessibility is a must, do put in a request at the time of booking.

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Castle Grove Country House Hotel

Wifi Available

Address: Ard Drummond Rd/ off Ramelton/Milford RD R245

Parking Restaurant Room service Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Golf course (within 3 km) Garden Non-smoking rooms

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3. Castledale (from USD 138)

A marvellous mansion in the picturesque Sligo, about an hour away from Donegal, Castledale is a great gateway to outdoor adventures. This bed and breakfast is surrounded by rugged hills, a glistening lake and panoramic mountain ranges, perfect for those who want to commune with nature. But if you would rather unwind indoors, the various room offerings here can help you lounge in peace. Either the penthouse apartment with sweeping views or superior suites with spa baths and fireplaces are superb hideaways.

To help you fuel your day, an appetizing breakfast with vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options is served. Complimentary perks such as WiFi and parking further add value to any booking.

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Wifi Available

Address: Tullynagracken South, Carraroe

Parking Golf course (within 3 km) Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Fishing Family rooms Games room

Have a delightful time in Donegal

Bask in the beauty of mother nature in Donegal as you explore its lovely, scenic delights. Wooded parklands and towering cliffs are just two of the stunning panoramas that await you. To enjoy an indulgent holiday, book one of these properties to stay in a castle in Ireland’s Donegal.

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Jacqueline has been a journalist for just over three decades and has spent about half that time writing and editing travel features. She got bitten by the travel bug on her first real holiday...Read more

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