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Markree Castle Hotel

Collooney, Co. Sligo
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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 170 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…

Markree Castle Hotel is an castle wedding on the wild atlantic way from Sligo Ireland servicing weddings throughout the local area including Sligo, Galway, Roscommon, Donegal, Longford.

Markree Castle Hotel is an brilliant and outstanding exclusive hire wedding venue that has been completed restored and has been part of the wedding industry industry for 2018 specialising in castle, vintage, royal.


28 reviews
Quality of service5.0/5
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Beautiful venue in fantastic setting. Wedding co-ordinators were flexible, helpful and responded quickly to emails and queries. Food was delicious and service on the day was excellent. All staff in the venue were of high standard.
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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 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!
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Deirdre and Nicholas in Markree are so professional and great to deal with. Management changed between booking and our actual wedding date which I though would be a nightmare but Deirdre was fantastic! Would def recommend! ???? The amount of guests that said their food the best food they EVER had at a wedding, was lovely to hear!
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The location and venue are just stunning, from the manicured lawns, luxurious bedrooms and beautifully restored original features, the castle is the stuff of fairytales. Management were so welcoming and very attentive and accomodating to our needs throughout the planning process. We were lucky enough to have our drinks reception, speeches and our band play out on the patio - this was well organised by the team and made for a fabulous setting and atmosphere. Food choice, service and quality were all fantastic and the castle now being able to offer couples a menu tasting only provides further reassurance. Breakfast in the bridal suite the following morning was also fantastic! We were able to remove the soup course from the meal which we found meant people were satisfied yet not stuffed and therefore ready to dance after the meal! The downstairs entertainment area is a gorgeous and very unique location for partying late into the night and also allows for a seamless transition from the meal into the evening entertainment. Our numbers were 160 which meant to dance floor was nicely full all night - perhaps larger numbers might struggle a little for dancing space? The kitchen area also provided a quieter space especially for some of our older guests to relax and have a chat. Our only recommendation would be to check exactly the inclusions for the drinks reception which may help you to plan and anticipate a little more though it is so hard to gauge how much people may consume especially on a warm, sunny day outdoors. Deirdre, Nicholas and all of the team really helped us to have what we can only describe as a magical day. Since our big day we have had endless compliments regarding the venue and all of its provisions and would whole heartedly recommend this venue to anyone and everyone seeking a fairytale day.
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"Our wedding day at Markree Castle surpassed all of our expectations. The beauty and presentation of the venue was matched by the efficiency of service and quality of the food. Deirdre and Nicholas were so helpful from the beginning and the fact that they and all of the staff were so chilled out and professional on the day really put ourselves and our guests at ease. We had the perfect day and our guests are still talking about their experience at Markree!"
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Deidre was a pleasure to deal with and helped make our wedding day the best day.
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Everything was excellent. Staff were welcoming, attentive and professional. The food was superb. The Castle itself is stunning. A really enjoyable wedding thanks to the willingness of the staff. All requests were met with a can do attitude and a smile! Being one of two Irish people at the wedding I was very proud. All the other guests had travelled from the US.
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Our wedding was perfect with Markree castle as our venue. We were blown away with the whole service provided. Deidre and Ryan were so easy to talk to and took care of the whole event so smoothly. They coordinated well with the rest of our suppliers. We cant thank Markree enough for the wonderful service. Plenty of compliments from our guests as well.
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We had our wedding celebrations here on the 20th and 21st October. We couldn't have had a more incredible weekend if we tried. We knew Markree was special from even seeing it outside while it was undergoing renovations a few years ago. It was about the 4th venue we saw last year (and we saw a lot of top class venues) but just blew the rest out of the water once we walked inside. The building itself is absolutely stunning. No expense has been spared in undergoing the restorations and it has been so thoughtfully laid out and the comfort as well as style of all the interiors and unique rooms were fantastic. The glorious dining room has been updated and made even more beautiful (if that was even possible) and creating the downstairs dancing area and two bars was the best idea. Having the kitchen and the sitting rooms dotted around adds a nice element of privacy and the ability to have a chat and chill in between the dancing. Markree has the perfect balance of the stunning location while retaining a certain warmth and class without being pretentious. All of our guests just thoroughly enjoyed themselves from start to finish and the extended bar time helped the celebrations run well into the early hours. Reg, the chef was amazing to meet. He is so passionate about the food and has brilliant ideas that work and catering for the large numbers of guests. We really appreciated his time and the amazing food he created for us over the weekend - we are real foodies so was very important to us to have a meal that befitted the surroundings and the occasion. The wine list that they have is also of a high standard (we decided to upgrade from the house wine) and loved the wine we had on the day. we loved the salmon gradvalax in particular from the starter, the curried parsnip and sweet potato veloute and gin sorbet worked really well and the lamb was absolutely super for the mains. The halibut was also very tasty. The trio of desserts worked really well although I didn't get to eat enough of it! Agi, Emer and Alex played a blinder over the weekend ensuring everything was organised, well run and the service and bar staff were all brilliant. They are also all the nicest people to have dealt with. Thank you also to Cora for the help in the run up to the wedding. Patricia in the Homefarm was absolutely wonderful, helping to manage all our guests and work with some tricky scenarious - we are so grateful to her. Finally, to Philip. He is without a doubt the most impressively meticulous, organised, helpful man to have worked with. He met with us countless times, never rushed us, went out of his way to accommodate us on many occasions. He's the kind of guy you can honestly trust with your life, give great recommendations and no better person to run the kind of venue like Markree - he will not let you down. He was just stellar from start to finish and we are incredibly indebted to him for making our weekend the greatest success. The only minor comment I can think of is that the dining room was quite hot but it was an unseasonably warm day outside (which is probably a good complaint to have). We can't begin to describe the absolute joy we had over the weekend and on leaving, couldn't hold back the tears - the weekend having beaten all expectations. It's impossible to put in words how much Markree will always mean to us and the memories that we and our families and friends will have for the rest of our lives. We are so grateful to everyone who worked so hard to make it such a success and wouldn't hesitate to recommend this venue.
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We had the most amazing wedding here in Markree Castle near Sligo.. The Castle is magnificent & beautifully refurbished. We took over the castle for the wedding so it was”ours” for the weekend. The food was fantastic as was the wonderful professional staff and Philip who was so helpful with every detail. Everything was perfect. The most fabulous time had by all.
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The service was second to non and all of our guests commented on this along with how beautiful the venue is. We couldn’t of asked for anymore, the day was a complete dream.
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The most amazing venue and service, we couldn’t of asked for anything more. You will not find a better venue that ticks all of the boxes!
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Philip and Cora were amazing! They really helped us with all the details till the last minute. Everyone loved the food and we danced till really late. It was the perfect venue for our big family to stay together in one place. Thank you ????
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Castle and surrounding beautiful. Creates a more personal space than a hotel. Staff very professional and helpful.
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We fell in love with Markree castle immediately, and Unchin the wolfhound puppy sold us on it! Philip and Cora were fantastic, and everything was seamless on the day, despite us having very large numbers! All of our guests commented on how special the venue was. Wouldn't change a single thing!
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The venue itself is out of this world honestly, you will not believe such a venue exists and the management and staff are also outstanding... we had the pleasure of having this private venue for 3 nights for our wedding on the 20th of April 2018. We first went to view the venue in August 2017 on what can only be described as a wet, grey and winters day, typical unreliable Irish weather!! Despite the weather, the Castle was still beyond amazing and we looked to book dates immediately as we knew this was the only venue for us and our guests. We also knew at that stage that the typical Irish weather would have no effect on the day as the castle provides such luxury and service which gave us great comfort in booking and planning our wedding. We initially dealt with Philip on dates and worked closely then with Cora for all the details of our 3 day wedding. The entire experience and process was great for us, we had a lot of detail for Cora and she met and exceeded our expectations... Trish, Philip, Cora and the rest of the team were exceptional and we highly recommend Markree as a private hire venue for any and all occasions. We had a dinner party/rehearsal dinner on the evening before the wedding which was superb, the wedding day was exceptional including the drinks reception, canapes, wedding dinner, signature cocktails, and late night food. The day after we had an amazing BBQ that our guests loved... we really cannot recommend this venue enough and would love to do it all again...
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Amazing location. Really professional staff who are really welcoming. A family feel as opposed to a big corporate. If money allowed we would've loved to have taken it for 2 nights.
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We got married in Markree Castle in March 2018 and we had the most unbelievable day. As cliched as it sounds, it was just the best day we could ever have asked for. Having our wedding ceremony and venue all in the one place was something we really wanted and Markree Castle catered brilliantly to this. We had our civil ceremony in the castle. There is a church onsite that was built by the original family in the 1500's and it is truly the most beautiful place for your ceremony. It is on the smaller side (we had 190 guests so it wasn't possible to fit them all in) but this is no fault to the hotel. It is an original feature of the castle, built in around the 1500's so it is as authentic as they come in terms of historical castles. Had we been getting married at a warmer time of the year (in Ireland I know this is always 50/50) we would have had the ceremony outside to accommodate all our guests and then pictures in the church inside after. The church being smaller didn't affect our day whatsoever. Our pictures on the grounds were so good. There had been a film crew there for a few weeks before our wedding, recording a drama series of Prince Harry and Megan's wedding. They actually were leaving the day of our wedding and, at the managements request, they left all the flowers they had put in the gardens for filming for our wedding. This was such a great touch. We had beautiful pictures in a rose garden in March, which was very unusual given we had a snowstorm the week before! The food was top quality, really amazing. The staff were excellent. The dining room is, without doubt, one of the most stunning rooms you will ever see. It has been restored to the highest possible standard and we had some unbelievable photos taken in that room. You need to see it to really do it justice. While it might not be your conventional wedding day dining room, (as in generally the room being one large open space), I don't think this detracted from the overall feeling of togetherness at all. It still felt very connected and the day flowed perfectly. I loved that when dinner was finished, the room was closed and everyone had to move to the downstairs section. The gin bar is such a unique feature as well. It was all just very seamless and we enjoyed our day so much. Trish, Philip and Cora were very responsive to all our needs and replied to all our emails without delay. We look forward to visiting again in the near future.
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Philip and Cora delivered us the perfect wedding weekend, Markree castle is a fabulous venue. We loved our wedding.
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Philip, Cora, Trish & Staff @ Markree, Thank you for making our wedding day so special. Everything was perfect, we wish you all success. Jean & Padraig
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We had our wedding reception here August 2017. Fantastic venue, food and service. We would recommend it to anyone looking for a unique and beautiful venue in Sligo.
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Markee castle looks amazing!!! Having my wedding at Cabra Castle this year, the staff are just great.. have been all sister castles, and could not complain about any Castle!! Always have a very good experience!! So I can safely say the service in Markee Castle will be the exact same.. highly recommend any of these castles for an amazing experience on the run up to your big day xx
Response from Markree Castle Hotel
Lea thank you so kindly for your review and sharing your experience of our sister Castles with our future bride and grooms.
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One word - WOW. Beautiful surroundings, amazing food and fantastic staff. If you want a fairy tale castle wedding - this is the venue for you. Myself and my husband had our wedding reception at Markree Castle in June 2017. There are 30 beautiful bedrooms in the castle. Your guests will feel like Kings & Queens! This is a private venue , so any guest that is staying there will only be part of your wedding party. The morning of the wedding was the most fantastic experience. Myself along with all my friends and family got dolled up in the Billiards room. Fiona from Polished Ireland took charge of hair and make up. She was the dream team along with Brenda & Nina. I couldn't recommend them highly enough! If any bride is lucky enough to get ready in Markree the room to get ready in is the Johnny Cash Bedroom - just wow! A super space to get into your dress. Fantastic photo opportunities , both in the room and exiting onto the masterpiece staircase. On return to the castle following our ceremony our guests were blown away by the beauty of the refurbished venue and gardens. We were all greeted by our champagne & canape reception . They were divine! We had our photos taken at the castle. Our photographer was Conor Doherty who has plenty of experience in the castle. His relaxed approach suited myself and my husband. I would recommend him to any friend or family member! The sun shone for us so we were able to use the gardens. We also took advantage of the billiards room, the chapel & grand entrance hall and staircase for some extra photos. The piece de resistance of Markree Castle is the dining room. It is palatial. The room is split into 4 sections. There is no need to worry about this, the room flows and all guests feel part of the party. As mentioned above, the food in Markree is amazing and plentiful. No guest will go hungry. Any guest with allergies need not worry, just have a note of their requirements and where they are seated and they will be well looked after and catered for. The evening entertainment takes place downstairs in the basement. This level has been opened by the Corscadden Family as part of the renovations. You will find a dance floor and 2 bars one of which is a well stocked gin cocktail bar. There is also a kitchen downstairs where any guest can pop into for a cup of tea or water. The evening food is also served in here. We danced the night away to the Bentley Boys. To Patricia , thank you for making us feel like Markree was our home away from home for the two nights we stayed. A special thanks must also be mentioned to Markree's fantastic wedding coordinator Cora. From the day we met her for an off spec show around in the newly opened venue she made everything go smoothly and seamlessly. Cora's attention to detail and passion will make your wedding day the best day of your life! A must view for any bride to be!
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Dear Philip, Cora & Trish, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! We honestly cannot thank you enough for your support, professionalism, patience, warmth and hospitality over our wedding weekend. It was, without doubt, the best day (weekend!) of our lives and we have to thank you and all the Markree staff for making that happen. We are still hearing rave reports of our wedding, from the exquisite food to the stunning castle itself and the most helpful and patient staff. We have not heard one word of criticism. We are sure you have received many similar reports over the summer. We are so delighted we chose Markree to celebrate our wedding and we wish you all the very best in the future! Evannah & Sam
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Dear Philip, Cora & Team, Just a note to say a huge thanks for our magical wedding in Markree. Writing the thank you cards gave us a lovely excuse to be transported back to that wonderful weekend. Wishing you an incredible 2018! Deirdre & Con
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“Magical Wedding in Markree Castle” Reviewed 6 days ago NEW Where to begin! What a magical weekend we had in Markree Castle. We were lucky enough to be one of the first couples to get married in the magnificently refurbished Markree. Excellence from beginning to end. Philip, Cora and the entire team were warm, attentive and efficient from the moment we viewed the Castle and the beautiful grounds. Over the course of a couple of months, we observed Markree’s transformation from a construction site to a breath-taking wedding venue. Having the entire Castle just for our friends and family made our wedding extra special. We felt completely at home – well if our home was a 14th century castle! We kicked off the celebrations with a prosecco reception, relaxing in the luxurious drawing rooms. We just managed to beat the rain for a couple of group shots with an impressive castle backdrop. The restored dining room is a sight to behold, with incredible attention to detail. The chef played a blinder, with every meal more delicious than the next. From the canapés on arrival and 5-course dinner, to the late-night snacks, full Irish breakfast and barbeque, the skill in preparation and the quality of the ingredients was apparent. Downstairs, Markree has created a cool evening venue, complete with vaulted dancefloor, gin-bar and chill-out lounge. The guests love exploring all of the nooks and crannies – I can still see my Mam’s face as she discovered the dedicated kitchen with a never-ending supply of tea and coffee! After a lengthy sing-song, we all headed for our rooms. Everyone loved the individual, spacious bedrooms – each with its own unique feature including free-standing baths, round towers and wonderful views. The bridal apartment is a world unto itself! It is made up of an elegant drawing room and bedroom, and a huge bathroom complete with twin shower and free-standing bath. The original stonework adds a lovely cosy feel to the apartment. We couldn’t have imagined a more perfect venue for our wedding and will treasure our memories forever. All of our guests have been singing the praises of Markree Castle, and we’re just trying to come up with an excuse for our next party there! Thanks again to the kind, helpful and professional team.
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To The Corscadden Family For making our special day so wonderful and giving us the use of your fantastic castle! Thank you so much, Lisa & William
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We were so glad that we chose Markree Castle as our wedding venue. It was a wonderful experience overall, and even more so because of the venue and setting. All of our guests commented on the fact that there was no traveling between the marriage venue and the reception venue because we were able to have the ceremony performed there in the beautiful chapel within the castle. Our wedding photos are beautiful because we had use of the extensive grounds of the castle, we were also able to include the entire bridal party in the photos on the sweeping stone staircases. The meal was wonderful and everybody, including myself and the groom felt so relaxed because the venue was private, so literally everybody there was chosen by us, we were surrounded only by family and friends. It was just a very easy-going, relaxed, fun wedding. I would only change a very small number of things about the day, and I'm sure I'm the only one who noticed those things because I'm a perfectionist!!
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