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What child doesn't love camping! Adventures in the great outdoors, lots of space to run around and explore, campfires and toasting marshmallows and sleeping underneath the stars.  These are magical family memories that will be remembered forever. With glamping you get all the benefits of camping but none of the stresses. You don't need to worry about trying to fit the tent and all the bedding into the car and then managing to remember all the endless and varied camping paraphernalia and outdoor survival items! And when you arrive you don't then have to face the fresh hell of stakes and guy ropes (while fending off cranky, hungry little ones who have been cooped up in the car too long). Let alone trying to erect the tent you've erected countless times before and yet each time is as complicated as the first! We've all been there.


With Glamping you have the perfect solution. Simply pack your clothes including swimsuits...and perhaps a good book and some buckets and spades....and go. With a pit stop via the supermarket you will then have everything you need here ready and waiting for you. On arrival just collect your key, unpack and make yourself at home in your spacious yurt. If you don't fancy a campfire BBQ every night then you have a fully equipped kitchen at your disposal. On rainy days the Lodge offers a large comfortable refuge with a big fireplace, boardgames and reading corners.  

Kids here go free-range, there are no structured or organised activities. They are encouraged to run wild, use their imagination and create their own fun - and there is no shortage of inspiration in the natural playground at Lough Mardal. A warning for parents: there will be twigs in hair and soil on clothes. And most definitely pack wellies.

Nature's Playground

Outdoor adventure within Lough Mardal Lodge's 90 acres is the best place to start. With a very shallow shoreline the lake at Lough Mardal is perfect for paddling, wild swimming or examining lakeshore rocks and pebbles! There are many trails for long and short legs through soft squishy moss peatlands (particularly lovely in bare feet) and for wild encounters with frogs and insects. Stumble upon a willow grove and do some tree-climbing, run through fluffy white bog-cotton or take a ramble up the hill to meet the cows. 


Once Lough Mardal explorations have been exhausted next stop is the beach! There are two beautiful blue-flag beaches within 10 minutes drive, ideal for bucket and spade fun, shell-collecting and a splash about in the sea - Rossnowlagh, Murvagh which received the International Blue Flag award for 2018. Tullan Strand 20 minutes away in Bundoran is another huge beach but can tend to get a bit crowded in the Summer. South of Tullan the cliffs have formed bizarre shapes, like the Fairies Bridge (a bridge of rock) or the Wishing Chair.



Castle Adventure Pet Farm - Ballyshannon, 14km

Plenty of animals to see plus a huge indoor activity centre and sandpit, or take a trip on the barrel train, drive a real digger and discover the huge outdoor adventure playground.

Waterworld - Bundoran,18km

Indoor aqua adventure playground for toddlers and kids of all ages.

Bundoran Adventure Park - Bundoran, 18km

A huge selection of rides and attractions plus Adventure Golf, Bumper Cars, Go Karts and much more.

Bundoran Glowbowl - Bundoran, 18km

Ten pin bowling alley for all the family.

Irene's Fun World - Donegal Town, 21km

Children’s Indoor Activity Centre based in Donegal Town.