SOLIS LOUGH ESKE
After a very last minute ‘we should go away this weekend’ thought early last week, I popped onto LastMinute and found a deal for Solis Lough Eske Castle & Spa for one night. The technical staycation was an alluring idea allowing for a quick two and a half hour drive and the avoidance of any airport hassles that come along with normal vacations. The castle was as it was advertised, peaceful and beautiful with amazing customer service.
We took a lovely nature walk after lunch down to Lough Eske. There’s a makeshift boardwalk that stretches for about a quarter of a mile along the edge of the lake. The sun was ever so slowly setting which made for some mysterious looking photos, haha.
Hughie’s favourite part was the five star restaurant where we tried ox tail and pork cheek. He nearly had to roll me back to the room. I couldn’t even finish my wine I was so full (and that says a lot). Missing dessert in a Michelin award winning restaurant wasn’t an option for me, so we shared the chocolate sphere which is melted by chocolate sauce to then expose the a Bailey’s filling accompanied by cookies and cream ice cream that Hughie ordered. It was all so dreamy.
I didn’t bring my phone into the room with the pool and sauna room (obviously) so I don’t have pictures of it. However, it’s attached to their spa where they give massages, facials and all the other lovely pampering girls dream of. We just stuck to a quick swim and the sauna which are included with the stay.
A ten minute drive away is Donegal town, sharing similar village vibes to Newport, Mayo with a big centre that then splits off into three different directions. Both are lovely bustling town centres worth visiting. If you visit both, you’ll understand what I mean about the town centre. In the Diamond of Donegal town, you’re a step away from shops, the beautiful church and Donegal castle which is where we stopped into.
The castle costs five euro per adult. You’re given an information sheet about the history of the castle when you enter and then let to roam on your own. If you like history, there’s a little museum set up on the top floor. I was more so there for the exploration and taking photos. To be honest, I can’t stand tours. I need to do my own thing.
I’ve been exploring and photographing Irish castles and ruins since I was 15 and won’t be stopping anytime soon! I was definitely impressed with Donegal Castle.
I visited Donegal last year for a drive along the coast and mountains. It’s breathtaking scenery makes it a standout county. Probably one of the prettiest I’ve seen! And I’ve been to the majority of the 32 counties. Waterford, Leitrim and Carlow might be the only ones left awaiting me.
Hope you enjoy Donegal if you visit!