The Majestic Lough Eske Hotel in Donegal

By Ed
Jul 9th, 2016

Hertz have a cool new office on the North Circular road, Really easy to access and I was in and out in 10 minutes!


Donegal bound on Travel Talk today with Carol Dooley – A fantastic self drive break to the scenic Lough Eske Hotel Hired a snazzy Audi A3 from the cool new Hertz office on the North Circular Road, it only cost €50 in diesel for the entire 4 days! A wonderful trip and a really beautiful part of Ireland! A big thanks to my tour guide who knows every nook and cranny of Tir Conaill!!

The Majestic Lough Eske Hotel is a stunning property and just perfect for a weekend break away.  The staff are wonderful and the food is excellent…. Beautiful walks and cycle routes in this beautiful part of the world…

Lough Eske

The Slieve league Cliffs – A MUST SEE

Slieve Leagues

Experience the Slieve League Cliffs from aboard the Nuala Star. Sailing out of Teelin Pier, you’ll meet her skipper, Paddy, and see all manner of marine life including dolphins, whales and seals. During May and June there are often gigantic basking sharks peacefully feeding on plankton. If you fancy some fishing yourself, the Nuala Star also offers angling trips.

Fanad Head


Here is a wonderful itinerary that was given to me from Maria Gallagher – Michael and Maria can arrange these itineraries for you.  Maria took us on a lovely wee trip into Donegal Town where we had some serious “craic” with the locals, and yes …. a rousing rendition of The Banks was performed!!   Maria and Michael’s company is Gallagher Cabs and Chauffeur Travel – 087 4176600 or email

Local company Gallagher Chauffeur Travel can take you on this wonderful day trip –

Travel on the N56 to Killybegs – Our Premier Fishing Port in IrelandDonegal Carpets are located here, which is now Donegal Carpets & Maritime & Heritage Centre.   Donegal Carpets were world renowned for hand loomed carpets that can be found in the White House. Leaving Killybegs we travel towards an area called Fintra bring us up to the Blue Haven where we will turn on to the Coast Road that will bring us up over Muckross Head on into Kilcar which is a town famous for hand woven tweeds and hand knitwear in years gone by.  We can continue along the coast with breathtaking scenery until we come to the town of Carrick or go straight across the road passing the Spanish Church on the left until we come into the town of Carrick.  Turning left in Carrick we head towards the Cliffs , the road that we are now travelling on offers an  unforgettable experience of twists and turns and heart stopping moments until we finally see the Cliffs – There is a very useful information board located in the car park and the start of a path of stone steps to  the top of the Cliffs.  On route to the top is the Eagle’s Nest, a spectacular sight and One Man’s Pass which is a 350m long arête straddled on either side by extremely steep slopes, it is traversed by a 1.5 m wide path which is not for the faint hearted especially on a windy day.  At the base of the Cliffs is the “Giants desk and chair” which is a twin rock formation that has been shaped by the ocean waves, wind and the ice age corry that now forms this little cove. When you finally tear yourself away from the Cliffs we make our way back into Carrick. Now we turn left and continue on until we come to the sign for Meenvan on left and Lough opposite.

We  continue on this road and it will bring Glen Head into view which is breath taking. Continue driving and you will come to the Glencolmcille Folk Village ( cottages showing what life was like in 1700, 1800 and 1900’s)on your right hand side.  Leaving Glencolmcille we make our way back to Donegal Town.


Disert is an old burial ground, a Mass Rock, Cures associated with St. Colmcille and today is the first midsummer walk at 5pm to high light what is going to happen there next week by Dr. Fiona Beglane and a local historian Helen Meehan will talk about Disert.   It is signed posted from the Mill Park Hotel off the N56 roundabout for Killybegs/Slieve League.


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