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The beautifully wild and rugged west coast of Ireland

On the Wild Atlantic Way, at the Southern gateway into Donegal, Lough Mardal Lodge is the perfect base for an adventure holiday with some of the Irish North West’s most spectacular adventure spots within 30 minutes.

Surfing & Bodyboarding

The Wild Atlantic Way's Surf Coast

The beautifully wild and rugged stretch of coast along the Wild Atlantic Way between Bundoran and Mullaghmore Head is renowned amongst sufers across the globe. There is a wide range of surf breaks to suit all levels of skill and ability from the world class reef breaks around Bundoran to the beach break at Rossnowlagh and for the brave the big-wave surf at Mullaghmore.

Surfing lessons at one of Ireland's premier Surf School in Rossnowlagh on Donegal Bay, just 12km away, can be booked directly with us as an Add-on in the booking process

Donegal Adventure Centre in Bundoran hires surf boards, body boards, wet suits and roof racks. 20km away.

Donegal Kite Surfing School for Kite Surfing, Power Kite and Kite Buggy lessons.

Big-Wave Surfing at Mullaghmore - whether you're a big wave charger or just want to stand in awe and watch from the headland world renowned Big-Wave Surfing.

The Bundoran Bodyboarding School is the only surf school in Ireland dedicated to the sport of bodyboarding. Ph. Tel: 00353 (0)83 4511171.

Scuba-Diving and Snorkelling

Off-Shore Watersports in Mullaghmore.  

Rock Climbing

Unique Ascent  - Rock Climbing, Mountain Training courses and a complete climber's guide to Donegal.

Adventure Trips & Tours

Wilderness Ireland - Experience iconic Irish landmarks the adventurous way and armed with all the inside knowledge.

Northwest Adventure Tours - By land and sea, once in lifetime trips taking you into the beautiful wilderness of the Northwest of Ireland.


Beach Horse Riding for experienced riders and Sand Dune Trails for complete beginners, 20 minutes away on Tullan Strand.  Can be booked directly with us as an Add-on in the booking process. Kid's 3-day and 5-day pony camps also available.

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Bicycle Hire is available on site at Lough Mardal Lodge. We advise booking in advance.

To book: / Ph 083 365 8360

Helmets & Hi-Viz vests provided. Bike pick-up and drop-off at Lough Mardal Lodge.

Mountain Biking

The two closest routes are within a 20 minute drive; the Barnes Mor Gap and Famine Pot Loops. Check All Trails for more information.

The North West Trail  - This 326km route enjoys dramatic views of the Atlantic Ocean, with scenic cycling in remote uplands and through rural towns and villages passing through the main towns of Enniskillen, Sligo, Donegal (passing within 5km of Lough Mardal Lodge), Lifford, Strabane and Omagh.

Ballyshannon Cycle Hub - Offers shorter (35km) looped cycle routes which take you on a tour of the spectacular coastal scenery of Ballyshannon and Bundoran in County Donegal.


Hiking & Hill Walking 


Without venturing any further than the grounds of Lough Mardal Lodge you are already in an idyllic location for cross country hiking & hill-walking. With 90 acres to explore there are diverse terrains from lakeshore paths and wildflower meadows to mossy peatland and steep heather hills. At its summit you can enjoy sweeping panoramic views stretching from the Dartry mountains in the South to Sliabh Liag on the South West, Donegal Bay and the Bluestack mountains. 


Locally there are also a huge range of hikes and trails which we can recommend to you depending on your fitness level.

Lake Activities


With two private lakes at Lough Mardal Lodge there are water-based activities to enjoy here on site; swimming, fishing (Pike & Perch) or simply a gentle paddle. In time kayaking, canoeing, SUP classes will be offered and other tie-ins with local adventure providers  using the Lodge as a base for activities. 

But for many, simply going glamping and sleeping underneath the stars in the great outdoors will be adventure enough.

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