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
  • Country House
  • Exclusive Use
  • Hotel


  • 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 53 reviews
on Mon, 19th of August, 2019
We had the most beautiful wedding celebrations; better than we could ever have imagined. This was mainly down to Markree Castle. Firstly, Deirdre and Nicholas and the team were brilliant, so responsive, accommodating, thoughtful, knowledgable, efficient and professional in every way. Our family

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members, some of whom are disabled and elderly, were treated with the utmost care and respect which we greatly appreciated. Markree, inside and out, is truly magnificent. Every inch of it decorated with uniqueness and precision, as well as, maintained to the highest standard. We were allowed access to all areas and it was delightful freely exploring the beauty of it. The food was also beautiful. The canapés, wedding meal, buffet and breakfast all lived up to our expectations and pleased our guests very well. Overall, we could not recommend Markree highly enough. We were blessed to have celebrated the beginning of our married life there and we will definitely be returning to reminisce when possible!! Many, many thanks Deirdre, Nicholas and all the Markree team. Keep up the GREAT work!
on Sun, 4th of August, 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 time.

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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.
Sharon & Alan
on Wed, 17th of July, 2019
Our special day was made perfect by the amazing castle and team at Markree Castle. Deirdre, Nicholas, Alex and all the staff were exceptional. Everything was organised so well and with such great detail.
And the venue ..... it’s spectacular! Our photos are stunning. The castle is such a

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beautiful venue, we fell in love the first time we saw and fell in love again every time we’ve seen it since. Your guests will be blown away.
We were married in the chapel and it was definitely my favourite part of the whole day and venue. It’s so so beautiful and one of the reasons I fell in love with the venue in the first place.
We loved the exclusivity also and a number of guests commented on how nice it was to feel like everyone you spoke to was family and part of the day.
A number of guests are also planning to go a night stay as they loved their room, the grounds and the whole venue.
The food was delicious. Everyone enjoyed it, it was hot, well cooked, presented and served, good sized portions and an overall A++.
The dancing/evening reception area was also a great selling point. Our guests were able to make their way downstairs once the cake was cut and there was no hanging around.
The whole day was so seamless.

Thanks again to Nicholas, Deirdre, Alex and the whole team. We really appreciate your patience, expertise and professionalism throughout the whole experience. We’d highly highly recommend the venue to anyone!
on Thu, 4th of July, 2019
There are not enough characters to tell you how wonderful a venue Markree Castle is. It's breathtakingly stunning but warm and homely at the same time. Deirdre and Nicholas were outstanding hosts and nothing was too much hassle for them, they're both a fantastic asset to the venue. They followed up

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with clear communication on everything and helped us with our every request. As a bride my attention to detail is pretty good but they had thought of things on the day that I never would have. When guests were away from their tables to go to the toilet or the bar, a member of staff would come over and put a cover on their food to keep it warm!! Guests are still commenting on the food, we had a choice of fillet of beef, seabass or chicken and they were all fantastic. We also had a couple of dietary requirements and my vegan friend tells me it was the best vegan wedding meal she had ever had. The whole day ran like clockwork but didn't feel rushed, Nicholas made sure we had some time to relax, sit back and enjoy the day. One of my favourite parts of the day was the quiet time with our bridal party right before we entered the dining room. We all sat and drank prosecco in the stunning room upstairs, they took our meal order and we had a little moment to breathe. The venue itself is breathtaking, even to just walk around and look at it, which many guests did. The dining room, the staircase, the bar, even the guest bedrooms are all outstanding. My only complaint is that there were not enough hours in the day, as everyone says it flies by but it was a happy, love filled day from start to finish and booking Markree was the best wedding decision we made. We will be back for many more visits, it will always have a special place in our hearts.
on Tue, 18th of June, 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.

Mark and Carol

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