About Smarmore Castle

Smarmore Castle Drug & Alcohol Rehab

Smarmore Offers Unrivalled Facilities and Medically Managed Detox From Drugs and Alcohol.

Our Vision

Every person with an addiction who comes through the doors of Smarmore Castle has the chance to start their recovery journey and turn their lives around. We help change the lives of not just our residents, but their loved ones – wives, husbands, parents, children, friends.

At Smarmore Castle our vision of ‘recovery’ goes beyond helping patients when they are here; we want to help them forge their very best life with the therapeutic tools they need to stay abstinent and live fulfilled lives in recovery.  This is as true today as it was in 1983 when our founders, Peter and Dr Margaret McCann founded their first addiction treatment centre in the UK.

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About Our Addiction Treatment Model

Smarmore Castle’s treatment programme follows an abstinence-based model of recovery from alcohol and drug addiction, gambling addiction and dual-diagnosis. After detoxification under the care of our medical team of doctors and nurses, our intensive therapy programme gives you the tools you need to stay abstinent. Our 38 years of experience show that abstinence-based treatment really works – the 12-step philosophy used by AA and NA has helped millions of people all over the world to recover.

Other evidence-based studies show that 12-step treatment is even more effective than other therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for increasing abstinence. At Smarmore Castle our model follows not only the 12 Step programme, but also incorporates cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy and complementary therapies, as well as using a trauma-informed approach.

Hundreds of people from all over Ireland and Europe have turned to Smarmore Castle for quality treatment, extensive facilities, expertly delivered therapies and dedicated family support.

Our Experienced Team

Our medical treatment is under the direction of HSE GP coordinator in addiction services Dr Hugh Gallagher and leading Consultant Psychiatrist Professor Gerard Lynch. Our team of medical and clinical staff have experience in treating many of the co-occurring disorders and issues that need to be addressed as part of an addiction treatment plan, such as trauma, depression, stress, bereavement, anxiety and burn-out. Meet our team


Smarmore Castle is a fine period house steeped in history and charm, incorporating the Tower, which dates back to 1320. It is located in Ardee, a town in the Irish Borders, about 45 minutes north of Dublin International Airport and 1.5 hours south of Belfast International Airport. Our 15 acres of parkland and woods is a relaxed and tranquil environment conducive to healing and recovery. Directions to Smarmore.


Smarmore Castle was founded by the directors of Castle Craig Hospital in Scotland, which was established in 1988 by Peter and Dr Margaret McCann, as a residential rehabilitation hospital treating people suffering from alcohol and drug addictions. Prior to that, the McCanns founded Clouds House in Wiltshire in 1983.

High-Quality Standards

We incorporate the high standards of our founding clinic, Castle Craig, into the service provided at Smarmore Castle Private Clinic. Smarmore has gained a strong reputation in Ireland and around Europe for high-quality medical and therapeutic treatment, extensive services and dedicated family support.

Our Locations

Smarmore Castle is part of the Castle Health Group of clinics in Europe.

Scotland, UK

Castle Craig is a world-renowned addiction treatment clinic, founded in 1988 by Peter and Dr Margaret McCann, Castle Craig has helped thousands of people start their recovery journey with their leading model for alcohol rehab, drug rehab and gambling rehab.

Located in the stunning countryside of the Scottish Borders, near Edinburgh, the beautiful 50-acre woodland estate is a relaxed and tranquil environment conducive to healing and recovery. 


In 2015, the McCann family opened Smarmore Castle Private Clinic in County Louth, Ireland. Smarmore Castle is a 35-bed rehab clinic under medical direction and boasts a swimming pool with a spa and a fitness gym for the wellness of patients. The origins of the castle date back to the 14th century.

The Netherlands

In 2000, Castle Craig opened a centre in The Hague, Netherlands, to assist patients from the Netherlands. Since 2008, Castle Craig Nederlands, directed by Frances Beek, has been recognised as an independent outpatient mental health care facility. We have a network of offices around the country and our own team including a Medical Director, consultant psychiatrists and therapists.


Stockholms beroendeklinik provides assessments, therapy and continuing care, as well as family therapy, to people with alcohol addiction, drug addiction and co-occurring mental health conditions in Sweden and Scandinavia.


CATCH Recovery is an outpatient clinic based in South Kensington, servicing the South of England.

The experienced team at CATCH Recovery offer outpatient rehab therapy, addiction assessments, online therapy, referral to inpatient rehab, aftercare groups.

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  • How to Access Rehab With Health Insurance

    For those experiencing existing mental health conditions in Ireland, there are private medical insurers who can help you cover treatment. As addiction experts, we know that receiving the appropriate care and support when you have a mental health disorder is pivotal to attaining long-lasting recovery. Below, we will go through the various health insurance options to help you understand your options when it comes to seeking private residential care for substance abuse. Please note that there is no guarantee that you can be covered for all addiction problems as policies are always assessed on a case-by-case basis. Find Out More

  • My Loved One Doesn’t Want Help, What Do I Do?

    You can’t force someone to go to rehab. A person must be ready to commit to treatment if they want to get the most out of the programme. However, there are ways in which you can encourage someone to enter rehab, one of these ways is via an intervention with a trained interventionist, who facilitates an honest discussion between family members and the individual. This is something Smarmore Castle can arrange – contact us today.

  • Which Drugs Does Smarmore Castle Detox From?

    We offer detox from any drug, whether they are illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, ketamine; or prescription drugs such as benzodiazepines or zopiclone, oxycodone, zolpidem, klonopin, methadone, cannabis; and legal drugs such as alcohol.

  • How Long Is the Treatment Programme?

    Our treatment programme starts at 4 weeks and is flexible in length, giving you the opportunity to extend for a longer period if you need it.

  • Do You Treat Dual Diagnosis?

    Yes. All patients are reviewed by a consultant psychiatrist in the first week and we can diagnose and provide treatment for a number of co-occurring mental health conditions.

  • Do I Need to Be Abstinent Before Admission?

    Our medically managed detoxification with 24/7 medical cover means that we can perform complete and complex detoxes at Smarmore Castle. You don’t need to be abstinent before arrival.

  • How Do I Get To Rehab Safely?

    Smarmore Castle is one hour north of Dublin international airport, please speak to our advisors if you require collection from an airport.

    We can also arrange a ‘sober transport’ service with a trusted driver, from anywhere in Ireland or Northern Ireland, at an additional cost.

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