Lough Eske, from the Irish meaning ‘Lake of the Fish’, is a small lake in County Donegal.
The lake lies to the northeast of Donegal Town, to which it is connected by the River Eske.
The lake is surrounded to the north, east and west by the Bluestack Mountains.
The area has many forest paths, with unassigned paths on the south-western shores of the lake and newly reconstructed paths in Ardnamona Wood.
The powerful Ó Domhnaill (O’Donnell) clan had a castle and bawn on Island O’Donnell, an island near the southern shore of the lough.
Part of this bawn still stands on Island O’Donnell today. This castle was often used as a prison by the Ó Domhnaill chieftains.
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