Sligo has the most spectacular unspoilt coastal and mountain scenery and a wealth of outdoor activities on offer. Markree Castle is in an ideal location from which to explore the Sligo area, as well as the neighbouring counties of Donegal, Leitrim and Mayo. County Sligo is considered a Mecca for golfers, with no fewer than a dozen of Ireland’s top golf courses within easy reach of the castle.

Location

Sligo has the most spectacular unspoilt coastal and mountain scenery and a wealth of outdoor activities on offer. Markree Castle is in an ideal location from which to explore the Sligo area, as well as the neighbouring counties of Donegal, Leitrim and Mayo. County Sligo is considered a Mecca for golfers, with no fewer than a dozen of Ireland’s top golf courses within easy reach of the castle.

Leisure

Hawk Walks

Take a hawk for a walk with Sligo Falconry. Your instructor will teach you how to ‘cast’ your hawk into trees and recall it to land on your gloved fist, as you walk through the woods at Markree. As you walk, your hawk will follow you from tree to tree. The duration of the walk will be a minimum of 1 hour and is for up to 4 people at a time. There are also very good photo opportunities available on the Hawk Walk. Bookings must be made in advance through Sligo Falconry.

Horse Riding

Markree estate is home to a well established equestrian centre, with a large indoor arena, outdoor menagerie, small cross country course, 1000 acres of woodland, forestries and bridle paths to ride and explore, stables and facilities to house a large number of horses. Bookings must be made in advance through Markree Riding Stables.

Trail Running

Whether you are an experienced runner or just starting out, lots of guests bring their running gear along with them. Why not get the best out of your run and see the local sites with a guided trail run from Markree into the local oak forest, Union Wood? Bookings must be made in advance through Tralua Trail Running.

Golf

Some of Ireland's most renowned golf courses are located in the North West Region. Championships courses such as Rosses Point Golf Club, Enniscrone Golf Club, or Murvagh can all be accessed from the castle in next to no time.

Stand-up Paddling

Paddle the river at Markree downstream to Ballisodare Bay; see the estate and local wildlife as you go. This easy and accessible water sport is the perfect way to see Sligo by water and enjoy the absolute peace and tranquillity. Bookings must be made in advance through Stand-up Paddling For All.

Mountain Biking

Northwest Adventure Tours is a company specialising in guided cycling and hiking tours in stunning County Sligo, north-west Ireland. If you are looking for fun things to do in Sligo and the surrounding areas, then look no further. Northwest Adventure Tours provide some of the most enjoyable full/half-day bike tours in Ireland, both on and off the road and have a wide range of routes on offer. Bookings must be made in advance.

Kayak Tours

Guided kayak tours of the beautiful coastal estuaries and tranquil inland lakes of County Sligo are offered by Sligo Kayak Tours. Discover untouched nature and world renowned landmarks from the comfort of your own kayak.

Surfing

Sligo is the surf capital of Ireland, with thousands flocking here from all over the globe each year to surf some of the world’s biggest waves. As a result there are numerous surf schools all over Sligo, so why not give it a go with an hour’s lesson or series of lessons while enjoying Sligo accommodation at Markree?

Walking

There are a range of walking trails around the castle, which is within easy walking distance of the Sligo Way. Sturdy footwear and waterproof clothing are recommended for longer walks!