Lough Mardal Lodge

Ballintra, Co. Donegal

Luxury Yurt Glamping in Donegal

Staying in a Yurt offers a unique and special experience. These charming dwellings, featuring wooden lattice walls and radial rafters, create a sense of enchantment. Originally used by nomads in Central Asia, the Yurts at Lough Mardal Lodge have been modified to provide modern comforts, including high-tech insulation, warmth, and durability suitable for the changeable weather on the West Coast of Ireland.

Nestled within 90 acres of land, the Yurts at Lough Mardal Lodge offer privacy and seclusion, as they are thoughtfully spaced apart. Each Yurt is tastefully furnished with a comfortable seating area and individually styled with cozy elements like sheepskins, Donegal woollen blankets, and flufffy pillows. In addition to the Yurts there is a romantic Shepherd's Hut with beautiful lake view. All accommodation comes with wood-burning stoves and en suite toilets. Guests can enjoy beautiful views of the lake, mountains, and surrounding forestry. On-site activities include hiking, wild swimming, SUP and fishing.

The Lodge itself is an eco-friendly building made from straw bales, topped with a grass roof. It serves as a communal amenity and social hub for glamping guests. Inside, there is a fully equipped self-catering kitchen, a dining area, as well as toilets and hot showers. The Lodge's main attraction is the Reciprocal Room, a spacious hangout space with impressive overhead beams that fills with natural light, offering panoramic views of the lake, forestry, and mountains. It's a peaceful spot where guests can relax with a book, engage in friendly conversations, or plan their daily activities. After a long hike or a busy day of adventure, the Lodge provides a warm and welcoming retreat.

With stunning beaches on its doorstep it is also just 20 minutes from Donegal Town along the scenic Wild Atlantic Way. From vibrant wildflower meadows and serene lake shores to expansive mossy bogland and heather-covered hills, the surroundings offer breathtaking views of Donegal Bay and nearby mountain ranges. Covering 90 acres, the area remains untouched and captivating, with two picturesque lakes—Lough Acully and Lough Mardal. This secluded and awe-inspiring setting is a true testament to the beauty of nature.

Lough Mardal Lodge was honored as one of the Irish Independent's Fab 50 Places to Stay in Ireland in 2020. The Irish Examiner has also praised it, stating that "Few places do it better."

County Donegal,
Eircode: F94 W4FE