Markree Castle

Markree Castle

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Collooney, Co. Sligo
Markree Castle is a stunning Gothic Style Castle, set in the heart of the picturesque Sligo Countryside. The Castle is a truly authentic, relaxing and uniquely charming Wedding Venue where you will find yourself immersed in unrivalled castle hotel comfort.


Be king and queen for a day as you walk hand-in-hand through immaculate gardens and along flag-stone paths to join your loved ones in celebrating your wedding vows.

Markree Castle - with its relaxed atmosphere, picture-perfect grounds and luxury accommodation - provides an ideal location to celebrate with family and friends, and the freedom to create a wedding that you have always dreamed of.

Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Sligo countryside, Markree Castle is located in the north-west of Ireland on the route of the Wild Atlantic Way. A beautiful and private setting, the castle overlooks a large countryside estate on the banks of the river Unshin.

Reopened in March 2017 by the Corscadden family as an exclusive private hire wedding venue, Markree Castle is the perfect place for a destination wedding in Ireland. The privacy of up to 190 wedding guests is ensured by the extensive estate and the castle's countryside location.

Our wedding packages include exclusive use of Markree Castle, a stunning setting with mature trees, a rose garden and grounds along the river Unshin for unforgettable photographs; a personal planner to help and advise you on every aspect of your day, red carpet arrival, reception drinks and canapés, five-course meal with wine and evening food.

Part of the uniqueness of Markree is that there is no function room, as such. Instead, you and your guests will use Markree as you would your own home, with your reception in the hall in front of the fire, dinner in the dining room and dancing in the lounge on our specially constructed dance floor. Like a house party in a castle!

There are 30 en-suite guest bedrooms in the castle, as well as several self-catering cottages, situated in the old farmyard buildings.  Altogether, there is accommodation for over 110 people on site.

Markree is also available for civil ceremonies and partnerships, which take place in the original family chapel. Please contact the civil registrar's office in Sligo on 071 915 5115 for details. There are a number of churches, of all denominations, close by. Couples also regularly choose the chapel at Markree for blessings.

The Corscadden Family own and run four Castle Hotels in Ireland. Our Sister Romantic Castle Hotels include:

Bellingham Castle in Castlebellingham, Co. Louth

Cabra Castle in Kingscourt, Co. Cavan

Ballyseede Castle in Tralee, Co. Kerry

All our Castle Hotels are styled and furnished in keeping with each castle’s character and era. With luxury bedrooms and suites, our fabulous castles are historic, romantic and offer some of the finest wedding venues in Ireland.

Please visit one of our castles and start planning your special day


Venue Type

  • Castle
  • Exclusive Use
  • Hotel
  • Independent/Family Run


  • Classic
  • Destination


  • Civil License
  • Fully Accessible
  • Guest Accommodation
  • Late License
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Parking

Meet the Dream Maker

Deirdre Ryan
Wedding & Events Coordinator
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What people are saying!

Average Rating: 5 out of 5 - based on 67 reviews
on Fri, 15th of November, 2019
We could not recommend Markree Castle highly enough. Deirdre, Nicholas and the entire team were a pleasure to deal with. We landed up to them in January with no idea of when we wanted to get married, how many people, whether we wanted our ceremony on site or anything else about planning a wedding

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other than knowing without a doubt we loved the castle and had to have our reception there. They were so so helpful meeting us several times, sharing ideas, supplier lists, helping us plan the timing of events throughout the day, numerous questions answered while never putting us under any pressure - nothing was too much trouble for them. We were also lucky enough to attend the first food tasting just before our wedding menu had to be chosen which was a great help when making those all important choices and I can say on the day itself our wedding food was just amazing, our guests are still raving about the venue and the food. The lovely Roisin (their Irish wolfhound) was a complete charmer too posing for photos with our guests - be sure to find her if you visit. So in summary, Markree Castle, the venue, the food and the amazing staff made our dream wedding come true - you won’t be disappointed.
on Tue, 12th of November, 2019
We could not have chosen better. From the moment the beautiful castle appeared in view as we made our way along the long avenue, we knew this was a very special place.

Every detail of our wedding was given great attention by Deirdre and Nicolas. Organising a wedding from abroad is not easy, but

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they made it so. Nothing was a problem. They provided us with everything we needed to plan our celebration, supplier lists, accommodation and rooming lists for the castle and detailed menu options for full two days. They gave us endless valuable advice all designed to make our lives easier. I found them both to be very responsive, always calling back or responding via email immediately. But most of all they were very relaxed and are clearly real professionals.

An important aspect of the celebration for us was the food. Everything from the canapés to the meal to the evening food was beautiful. Truly high quality menus using mostly local ingredients, served at top restaurant quality. It was truly a wonderful dining experience. Most of all I was very impressed by the service and the efficient staff - each table was served with military precision so every guest received their meal at the same time. This really impressed our guests - we all know what it’s like to have to wait for others to get their food while yours goes cold.

There are so many aspects to Markree castle that we loved. The venue itself is top notch. The food and general organisation of all the different elements were excellent. But most impressive and very much appreciated by us was the flexibility that Deirdre and the whole team provided us. Having researched many other venues Markree stood out from others in this regard. This is a fantastic venue which will provide the perfect experience for any bride and groom and their families and friends.
on Tue, 12th of November, 2019
Where do I start?! From the moment we set foot in Markree Castle we were blown away by its beauty and old world charm. We knew straight away it was the venue for us.
From the jaw dropping entrance to every beautiful room throughout the castle, it really feels like you are transported back in

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It has been carefully restored to a very high standard, the attention to detail is second to none and the service certainly matches this.
We dealt with Deirdre and Nicholas throughout the planning process and they couldn't have been more helpful. They really ensured our guests and ourselves were well looked after over the whole weekend.
The food, wine, and service was exceptional and our guests are still talking about the beef fillet.
We had the entire castle to ourselves for two days and we really felt at home.
Thanks to the entire team at Markree Castle for making our wedding weekend so special. It really was a dream come true, and we cannot wait to return soon.
on Tue, 12th of November, 2019
To Deirdre, Nicholas and all the staff at Markree Castle.
We don’t know where to begin to start to thank you for giving us the most wonderful wedding day we could ever have imagined.
All your help and professionalism in the lead up to the wedding was just brilliant and it took away all the

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stress and ensured we were able to enjoy the build up.
The day itself was just magical, with the venue, outdoor ceremony setup and food all fantastic.
Since the wedding so many of our friends and family have said to us how friendly, wonderful and helpful the staff were and it can’t be underestimated just how much that feeds through to the atmosphere at a wedding. The staff at Markree are a credit.
It has been nothing but a pleasure dealing with ye over the past number of months and we can’t wait to return to stay in the castle for a few nights!
Again thank you so much for giving us such a wonderful day and happy memories.
on Tue, 12th of November, 2019
We got married in Markree in December 2018 and we had the most amazing day. The castle is absolutely stunning and all the staff were brilliant, made the planning so easy and took the stress out of everything. I lost count of the number of people who said it was the best wedding venue they have been

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to. I couldn't recommend Markree Castle highly enough - the food, venue, staff, accommodation, chapel are fabulous.

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