The woodcock shooting at Markree Castle Ireland comprises a mixture of cover, mainly mature deciduous woodland (with some rhododendron cover and heavy leaf litter), new native woodland planting and bog-land; the woodcock’s ideal winter habitat. The castle owns shooting rights over 1000 acres within the estate wall and on adjacent lands, nearly all of which is within walking distance of the castle. Each day starts in the castle with coffee and home-made biscuits and an informal run down of shoot rules and etiquette. A light lunch is served in the field and a fine afternoon tea is taken after a drink in the castle bar to finish up.

Historically and in recent years Markree has seen good numbers of woodcock offering good sport. Their flight is so unpredicatable that shots of every height and angle can be expected during the course of the day. Markree caters for the shooting enthusiast who likes the sport to be full of spontaneous incidents, unexpected challenges and surprises. Whilst offering an atomsphere of informal camaraderie, a day’s sport at Markree is well organised and expertly coordinated. Carefully planned drives with cut rides enable the beaters and dogs to flush the maximum number of birds, and guns are positioned to ensure that as many birds as possible are within range. Markree is now considered one of the premier locations for woodcock shooting in Ireland.

· Over 1000 acres of shooting around the castle
· 12 days of shooting per annum.
· Variety of cover, often including a snipe drive
· Well organised and co-ordinated
· Over 100 birds flushed on several days in recent years
· €490 per gun including shooting, bed, breakfast, dinner, morning coffee, lunch & afternoon tea
· Non-shooting partner (sharing) €140 dinner, bed and breakfast, morning coffee, lunch & afternoon tea
· 10% discount for 2 consecutive days


Up to five guns are available to join the existing regulars on the following dates in 2013, with more guns accepted by special arrangement:

November: Tuesday 26th, Friday 29th
December: Tuesday 3rd, Wednesday 11th, Thursday 19th, Monday 23rd
January: Thursday 2nd, Wednesday 8th, Friday 17th, Saturday 18th, Tuesday 28th, Thursday 30th

Shooting is also available at Annaghmore House which is 5 km from Markree with the guests staying in Markree Castle. Please enquire for details.

Contact: Charles Cooper; 071-9167800; charlescooper@markreecastle.ie