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Olde Castle Bar and Red Hugh Restaurant, Donegal Town, Co. Donegal

Castle Street
Donegal Town
Co. Donegal

Tel: +353 (0) 74 972 1262
Proprietor: The O'Toole Family

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The Olde Castle Bar is an atmospheric Hostelry dating back centuries. This unique traditional pub is a landmark building in the centre of the gateway and historical seaside town of Donegal.

Located just off the Diamond, under the shadow of Donegal Castle, the home of the last of the great Irish Chieftains, Red Hugh O'Donnell (1575 - 1602).

This family run pub/restaurant is extremely popular with both locals and visitors alike. The rear of this historic building once housed the stables of the O'Donnell Chiefs, whose residence was the castle opposite the bar.

Located upstairs, over the popular bar and looking out on the ruins of O'Donnell's Castle, the restaurant is named after one of the town's most illustrious ancestors, Red Hugh Restaurant.

The bar and restaurant is run by the O'Toole family. Specialising in the freshest fish, shellfish, steaks and lamb available. The team at the "Olde Castle" were delighted to be recognised in their 1st season by Georgina Campbell in her prestigious independent "Guide to Dining Out 2009".


The bar area can seat over 100 people. The restaurant can cater for up to 70 guests. "The Stables" function room, with its own private bar and dance floor area can cater for private parties up to 100. It is an ideal venue for 21sts, small weddings or any special celebrations.

Our Bar Lunch Menu and Evening A La Carte Menu are available on our website,

Local Attractions

* Donegal boasts some of the most stunning scenery and coastlines in the country.

* The sea cliffs at Sliebh Legue are the highest cliffs in Europe.

* A waterbus sails from Donegal daily, in season, on a trip around the stunning Donegal Bay.

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Whats on Offer:

  • Food
  • Live Music
  • Parties Catered For
  • Restaurant
  • Sport


  • Baby-changing Facilities
  • Coach Tours
  • Family Friendly
  • Family Run
  • Function Room
  • High Chairs
  • Listed Building
  • Open Fire
  • Wheelchair Access
  • WiFi


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