New this Summer!

A Shepherd's Hut is a cosy little cabin traditionaly used by shepherd's going as far back as the 15th century. They would use these for sleeping in`out in the fields during lambing season so they could keep a close eye on their sheep. It was usually built with corrugated iron on top of iron wheels so that it could be moved from field to field. 

Our fully insulated Shepherd's Hut comfortably sleeps 2 adults. Interiors are simply yet luxuriously furnished with a large king size bed, crisp white bed linen, fluffed pillows and Donegal woollen blankets. A little wood-burning stove ensures it stays warm and cosy. Sit out on the small veranda with a morning coffee and soak up the lake view and the hum of wildlife.

Our Shepherd's Hut is currently being built and will be ready by May - we will have photos of it here just as soon as it is guest-ready! We have created a gallery below to show its progress.

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​The Shepherd's Hut comes with:

  • Luxurious kingsize bed as standard

  • Wood-burning stove with a supply of firewood  

  • Window with beautiful views

  • Lake, mountain and forest views

  • All bedding including crisp linen, warm winter duvets & Donegal woollen blankets

  • Fresh towels

  • Sheepskin slippers (temporarily removed due to Covid-19)

  • Hot Water Bottles (temporarily removed due to Covid-19)

  • Rechargeable lanterns

  • Outdoor private decking with seating

  • Hand Sanitiser

  • Own supply of plates, bowls, mugs and cutlery

All guests have use of the Lodge amenity building which provides guests with a fully-fitted kitchen, loos & wet room showers (no shared changing-rooms) as well as a beautiful big hang-out space with a big fireplace in which to kick back and zone out, read a book or chat with fellow guests.


Ph. 00353 861731813

COVID19 - As per the latest government restrictions we are closed until 5th April at the earliest and this may also be subject to an extension depending on further announcements. We are taking every measure and precaution as recommended by the Government to protect our guests and business from the spread of Covid-19 including signing up to Failte Ireland's Covid19 Safety Charter. Full details are available on our Covid Safety page

Shepherd's Hut Nightly Rate (based on 2 adults sharing) - €120

1 Week Stay: Book 7 nights for the price of 6 - €720

Enquire directly: info@loughmardal.iePh. 086 0233360

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation Policy: Payment is 100% refundable up to 14 days prior to arrival date, after which it is non-refundable. When a refund is issued a cancellation charge of €10/3% (whichever is the greater) is charged to cover card processing fees and admin. In case of a Force Majeure, where we are obliged to close unexpectedly (eg Covid19) or if you are no longer able to travel due to Covid19 government-imposed travel restrictions then our normal cancellation policy is suspended and all bookings that are effected, inside or outside the 14 days, will be offered a postponement or gift voucher for the value of the booking to be redeemed anytime in the future.

The Shepherd's Hut is completely off-grid. This just adds to the adventure, a proper escape from modern life! The rechargeable lanterns and candles create a magical atmosphere. You are assigned a secure locker in the Lodge where mobile devices can be recharged (and where valuables can also be stored).

Lough Mardal Lodge offers the opportunity to truly escape from the white noise of modern living and constant-connectivity - we strongly recommend you lock up your gadgets and relax, unwind and disconnect during your stay! With that in mind, the Reciprocal Room in the Lodge is a gadget-free zone. There is a comfortable space in the Lobby where guests can use their devices.

The Shepherd's Hut is currently being built.

Follow its progress here.