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What We Love

  • The all-weather tennis court
  • Complimentary rain jackets, boots, and umbrellas for exploring the grounds
  • Sea views from most of the 17 guest rooms
  • Afternoon tea service, which includes scones and homemade jam, in the castle’s drawing room

What To Know

  • The castle was built in 1870
  • Winston Churchill was once a guest here
  • The property’s gardens include a rare collection of rhododendrons
  • Master suites contain walk-in wardrobes

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Concierge
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet Friendly
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
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Overview

Ayrshire Coast castle sprawled across 36 manicured acres in the Scottish lowlands that balances old-world grandeur with indulgent mod cons

The Lowdown

Soaring turrets, fir trees, a meandering glen—this regal getaway possesses all the ingredients for a modern-day fairy tale. Ultimately, it’s the extra-attentive staff, ever ready to set up everything from evening bonfires to bespoke picnics (they’ll pack homemade sandwiches and flasks of hot tea for you to enjoy by the property’s azalea pond) that lend this Baronial escape its shine. Truth be told, you’re most likely here for the fresh Scottish air, and lucky for you, there’s plenty of it: stroll the walled Victorian gardens chock full of rare plants and trees (the estate’s former residents, industrialists and aristocrats, fetched rare specimens from their international travels), indulge in open-air chess, try your luck on the croquet lawn, or forage for mushrooms along the nearby coastline. Afterwards, retreat to your lavish room—chandeliered reveries laden with antiques—before tucking into a hyper-local gourmet dinner that sources fish comes from Scotland’s west coast, game from nearby Ayrshire estates, and beef, lamb and pork from a mere 17 miles away.

In the Area

Less than an hour’s drive from Glasgow airport, the hotel is nestled in Britain’s largest forest park. Though some guests never venture beyond the enchanting castle grounds, the property is only 25 minutes from River Stinchar, rich with salmon and trout for anglers (charters are also available for sea fishing). Don’t forget you’re in Whiskey Nation—a castle boat takes guests to Islay, one of the most significant spirit producing locations in the world. For more active pursuits, there’s golfing, on premier courses including Turnberry and Dundonald. Younger guests will want to visit the Laggan Outdoor Activity Center, home to one of Europe’s longest zip wires and a wide assortment of other adventure sports, about an hour from Glenapp.

How to Get There

Glenapp Castle
Ballantrae
Ayrshire, KA26 0NZ United Kingdom

Reviews

Birthday Treat
ddhallauthor

Visited Glenapp Castle for lunch to celebrate a big birthday. We were met at the door by a lady with an umbrella as it was raining. We were shown to the drawing room where we had delicious mocktails and canapés. Lunch was served in the dining room with a table overlooking the beautiful gardens(even on a rainy day) and Ailsa Craig. The waitresses were attentive and knowledgable. The food was up to the five star standard promised. A very relaxing and enjoyable day.
I have visited many times and am never disappointed.

Impromptu lunch with friends
Kmac1827

Great first visit to Glenapp castle.
Beautiful sweeping driveway to the breathtaking castle.
Castle full of artifacts and antiques to pique interest and I had a sneaky peek into the library.
Lovely attentive service from all of the team, stunning setting and food.
Booked to return in Dec for festive afternoon tea.

Fantastic Weekend
andrewjphilip

Stayed here again on Saturday night as we had such a good experience in July.

This time accompanied by 2 off our friends.

Its always special to arrive at Glenapp Castle through the gates up a beautiful tree lined driveway to the main castle and to be met by the GM John and his team who takes care of the luggage and car.

We check ed and had a lovely afternoon reading in the library with a couple of glasses of champagne, what better way to spend and afternoon chilling.

We had once again a fantastic dinner on the Saturday night which was faultless, not too fussy or over the top but " Different " and we really enjoyed it, well done Chef.

The service is excellent and all of the staff are very helpful and cant do enough, breakfast was very nice yesterday and served at the table all piping hot and freshly cooked to order.

Once again many thanks to all at " The Castle " for a lovely weekend and looking forward to coming back for Christmas Lunch on December the 22nd with my family.