From charming country houses to fairytale castles and coastal venues with a view, check out our top hidden gems in Donegal!
Dreaming about saying ‘I Do’ in a charming castle or country house? What about seaside vows along The Wild Atlantic Way? Lucky for you, Ireland isn’t short of picturesque venues – especially in Donegal!
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This week, we’re letting you in on some hidden gems we’ve came across that make the perfect wedding venue whilst giving you all those scenic wedding photo backdrops for an unforgettable day… keep on scrolling to get inspired!
Located on the Wild Atlantic Way in the heart of Donegal Town the Abbey Hotel is the perfect wedding venue for your special day. With scenic views overlooking Donegal Bay, you’ll be spoilt for choice for capturing all your special memories with beautiful beaches just a short drive away.
Whether it’s a civil ceremony, large or intimate celebration, their experience wedding staff can make your dream day come to life! Guests can enjoy luxury bedroom suites with great views of Donegal Bay and the Diamond Town Centre, making this the ideal location for a wedding weekend with family and friends.
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The Central Hotel is one of the North West’s best loved hotels! Located in the beautiful coastal town of Donegal, it’s ideally situated for exploring the rugged Wild Atlantic Way. From stylish accommodation to luxurious leisure facilities and a fantastic location, this wedding venue is up there with on of the best for an unforgettable wedding weekend.
With a reputation for fantastic food, friendly service and attention to detail, the dedicated team can ensure you have an memorable day. The stunning ballroom overlooking the picturesque Donegal Bay can also cater from 50 – 250 guests with private use of the upper deck bar for a stylish drinks reception.
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Lough Eske Castle
Lough Eske Castle is located just outside Donegal Town on a beautiful lakeside estate surrounded by the fabled Blue Stack Mountains. With stunning views amidst 43 acres of enchanted woodlands, providing a picturesque backdrop making it the ideal venue for your fairytale wedding!
The elegant ballroom extends into your own exclusive tranquil gardens which offer fantastic picture opportunities. The restored castle-hotel is the only 5* castle in the Northwest Region of the Wild Atlantic Way and consists of 96 beautifully appointed guestrooms, an awarding winning Spa Solís, Cedars Grill Restaurant and the relaxed Gallery Bar.
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For luxury and views on your big day, visit the Redcastle Hotel on the Inishowen Peninsula. Located on the shores of Lough Foyle, The Ocean Suit offers panoramic views of Lough Foyle and is surrounded by a magical waterfront on one side and a mature parkland on the other. You can even step outside on The Deck to take advantage of all the natural scenery.
The Redcastle Hotel offers high-quality food, featuring the finest local flavours and can adapt to any dietary requirements. For your wedding reception, the hotel will welcome you and your guests with drinks on arrival before you make use of the endless stunning spots where you can take your wedding photographs.
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With panoramic views of Lough Eske and The Blue Stack Mountains, allow your dream wedding to become a reality at Harvey’s Point. The dedicated wedding suite offers you exclusivity for your day and has everything you need to WOW your wedding guests.
The purpose-built Garden Suite offers a bright room to host your drinks reception whilst the outside grounds provide the perfect photo backdrop! The magnificent ballroom also offers breathtaking lake views looking onto the pier, which can also be transformed into a beautiful ceremony site for those wanting to have an outdoor wedding.
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The Red Door Country House
The Red Door Country House is the perfect Donegal venue for wedding receptions, intimate civil wedding ceremonies and civil partnerships. Receptions for 80 to 160 guests are held in the AA rosette award-winning restaurant overlooking the Lough Swilly in Inishowen, along the incredible Wild Atlantic Way.
If you’re looking for an outdoor ceremony, the extensive landscaped gardens with unrivalled scenery make this country house the perfect wedding venue location. Rolling lawns, mature trees and fine views across to Inch Island provides a picturesque backdrop for those all-important wedding photographs!
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An Grianan Hotel
Nestled in the rolling countryside of stunning Inishowen, the An Grianan Hotel is laced with elegance and class. Alongside the beautiful landscaped gardens, the 150-year-old Church Building makes is the perfect backdrop for your wedding album.
The main function room known as the ‘Tuatha De Danann Suite’, hosts up to 300 guests and offers a unique and unrivalled experience featuring a bar and impressive skylight. Between the serene countryside, sea views and character-filled suites, what’s not to love about this hidden gem!
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Edgy yet romantic, Dunmore Gardens in Co. Donegal is a place of beauty and tranquility hidden along the Wild Atlantic Way. With the family home and gardens as a background for you and your guests, your event will be surrounded by ancestral beauty and flowers.
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With high stone walls and large wooden beams holding up rustic cartwheel chandeliers, the barn creates a charming wedding location like no other.
Mulroy Woods Hotel
Situated in the stunning north-west of county Donegal on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Milford Mulroy Woods Hotel is set among the lake rolling from the Donegal hills towards the shore-lands of Mulroy Bay. The old world character captures the essence of Irish hospitality, where traditional Donegal charm meets modern luxury.
The ideal wedding venue with two large, airy, spacious banqueting suites, the Glashagh Suite catering for up to 400 guests and the Mulroy Suite for up to 300 guests. Situated at the foot of the majestic Donegal Hills, you’ll find a host of enchanting wedding photo backdrops in this versatile Hotel complex, whatever the weather.
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