A view across Lough Eske

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Lough Eske

County Donegal

Almost surrounded by the Blue Stack Mountains, tranquil Lough Eske ('Lake of the Fish') is a scenic spot perfect for walking, cycling or fishing. It's a popular angling centre – the season runs from May to September – and there's a purpose-built angling centre on the shore where you can buy permits and hire boats.

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Nearby County Donegal attractions

1. Donegal Castle

4.17 MILES

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2. Diamond Obelisk

4.22 MILES

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3. Salthill Gardens

8.24 MILES

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4. St Connell's Museum & Heritage Centre

11.75 MILES

Next to the courthouse, this informative little museum has a wealth of exhibits on local history over several floors and doubles as an info centre and…

5. Rossnowlagh Beach

12.26 MILES

This stunner of a Blue Flag beach is the main draw in town, with the Atlantic surf rolling onto its broad expanse of sand. You can drive your car straight…

6. Franciscan Friary

12.43 MILES

Hidden in a forest at the southern end of the beach, this modern friary was built in the early 1950s and is set in beautiful, tranquil gardens that are…

7. Caldragh Graveyard

14.98 MILES

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8. Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre

15.36 MILES

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