The Castle lies in the romantic landscape where
the poet Yeats found his inspiration, north of awe-inspiring Connemara
and south of the beautiful Donegal coast, with the impressive cliffs of
Bunglass and Magho.
The entrance contains a monumental staircase, which leads
to a wonderful hall, from where a second staircase in carved wood leads
to the guestrooms. On the landing, a huge stained glass window depicts
the family tree of the Coopers.
All the bedrooms at Markree Castle are individual in style
and character, the furniture is old, in keeping with the style of the
Castle, yet meet all the requirements of the modern day. They offer direct
dial telephone, hairdryer, television, individualy controlled heating
and beverage making facilities to make a hustle of the modern world outside.
The majority of rooms have fantastic views of the river, of the beautiful
gardens and the park with its wealth of Deer, Red Squirrels, Otters and
For 350 years, the Cooper family have been living in this
mighty castle, which is quite unique. The tale of Markree Castle is a
wonderful journey through time, and guests are very welcome to discover
its history by themselves.
There are no less than six golf courses in the surrounding
area, and the estate itself offers riding facilities. From here, day or
week trips on horseback through County Sligo are organised.. Close by
is the 30- mile long Lough Gill trail, full of variety and charm. It leads
past holy Celtic sites, rocks, small lakes and charming villages such
as Dromahair. Then, it passes Creevelea Abbey, the ruins of a Franciscan
Monastery, historic Parke's Castle and the prehistoric tombs of Carrowmore.