Muckno Estate

Muckno Estate


Monaghan County Council and Fáilte Ireland

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The Brief

To identify how land on Muckno Estate in Castleblayney could become a world class year-round adventure destination and act as a catalyst for regional tourism growth.


Drawing inspiration from the Estate’s remarkable history and glacial landscape, proposals are based upon the shaping of the drumlin, interspersed with loughs and lakes, and seeks to protect Hope Castle built in the 18th Century. A series of glazed domes embedded into the landscape mimic the setting, and host a wide range of covered adventure activities to enjoy all year round.



A selection of high quality accommodation includes the lakeshore wellness hotel; a dispersed hotel with bedrooms spread across the estate in a variety of settings as well as rooms in local guesthouses and traditional pubs, hotels, and restaurants.


The project aims to be carbon neutral, with each of the domes supported by earth rammed walls built from materials excavated from site, and featuring a locally sourced, sustainable-latticed timber roof inspired by the work of Peter Rice. Passive environmental techniques will control the internal climate, as well as using ground and water sourced heat from the landscape and Lough Muckno.


499 ha (1232 acres)
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