The Lodge

Surrounded by natural beauty the Lodge is a unique venue suited for small-medium sized events, family celebrations, corporate events, team-building, workshops, retreats and courses or Christmas parties. With on-site luxury glamping accommodation and bespoke activities.


As an event venue Lough Mardal Lodge offers:

The Lodge
  • A striking eco building of unique design with a capacity of 75 people

  • On-site catering facilities with fully-equipped kitchen

  • Complete privacy for your event, a very secluded 90 acre site

  • Organised on-site activities can include swimming, fishing, guided kayaking, guided hill-walking and hiking, Gourmet BBQ as well as a campfire with toasted marshmallows.

  • Hot showers and changing rooms

  • On-site luxury glamping accommodation - five yurts sleeping up to 18 people, fully furnished and insulated with wood-burning stoves

  • Ample space for additional marquees

  • Plenty of free on-site parking

  • Wheelchair-accessible

  • A stunning natural backdrop - 90 acres of wildflower meadows, mossy peatland, heather-covered hills and lake, forest and mountain views - guests will feel invigorated by the surroundings

  • A beautiful and unique eco venue - the Lodge is built from all natural materials; strawbale exterior walls and mud interior walls along with a grass roof.

  • Accessibly remote; distant enough to feel like a getaway yet easy to reach just off the N15 and under 3hrs from Dublin.

  • Family-run ensuring personal oversight and attention to detail

If you'd like to discuss a bespoke event to suit your needs simply call us on  Ph 00353 86 0233360/ 086 1731813


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A Stunning South Donegal Location

Located 15 minutes from Donegal Town on the Wild Atlantic Way, the site is spread across 90 acres with two lakes - Lough Acully and the larger Lough Mardal - and stunning panoramic views. The setting is unspoilt and beautiful.

Lough Mardal can be found on Google Maps under 'Lough Mardal Lodge'. It is located just off the N15 road between Donegal Town and Ballyshannon. It is 15 minutes from Bundoran, 40 minutes from Sligo and under 3 hours from Dublin. Click here for directions.


The Lodge is available for exclusive hire with or without glamping accommodation and bespoke activities.  Email info@loughmardal.ie for enquiries or call Ph 00353 86 0233360 / 086 1731813.

A Unique Venue

No ordinary building, the Lodge is a unique structure built almost entirely with natural materials. The walls are made of strawbales and plastered with mud and clay from the surrounding land. There is a 'living' green roof which was made with the earth excavated from the site along with the grasses and wildflowers, blending the building with the landscape from which it came.

Inside, its large main room - The Reciprocal Room - is circular and drenched in light with long windows and French doors opening out onto a wildflower meadow with lake, forest and mountain views.

Lough Mardal Lodge Map

Overhead exposed roof beams spiral over visitors' heads leading up to a huge 3.5 meter diameter dodecagon skylight. Known as a 'reciprocal' roof each beam supports the other to remain upright.

This symbolism of reciprocity, interdependence and interconnectedness relates in many ways to the essence and soul of the building (which is why it features in the Lough Mardal Lodge logo!); from the support of all the many volunteers whose hands molded and pressed the mud into the walls, to all the locally sourced materials - the building literally came from the land around it - to the building now providing a beautiful space for connecting and bringing people together. The building is a sustainably-built, environmentally-friendly, living, breathing building showcasing great Irish eco building design by Christy Collard (renowned for his beautiful craftsmanship, he has also built music stages for the Body&Soul festival).

Lough Mardal Lodge, Lough Mardal, Bradlieve, Ballintra, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Enquiries Ph: 00353 86 173 1813 / 023 3360  Email: info@loughmardal.ie

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