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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

Special treat
MEL512017

This was an anniversary treat from our children. Utterly amazing Hotel, visually a delight. Staff are brilliant from the moment of arrival to departure. Nothing is too much trouble. The gardens and views from Bedroom are wonderful. There is nothing about our 2 day stay that we could/would criticise. It was truly magnificent.

Magnificent Castle hotel
gourmetscotty

Great location looking out to sea over extensive, gorgeous grounds.
Impeccable service coupled with really good food (think 'Michelin Plate' level) .. and resonably priced since the location is in a very beautiful but tourist-neglected part of Scotland

Excellence without peer
greenstOat24

We first stayed at Glenapp in 2013, and were overwhelmed by the service and quality of the accommodation and dining offered. It has got better, if that were possible. John Orr is still on board, now as GM, and he and his many staff do a fabulous job of providing seamless, attentive service and a breathtaking array of things to do. The restaurant continues to serve marvellous food, and is itself a destination. Rooms are large, with big en suites, and the best thing is there are only 17 of them! Even when fully booked, there is room to move and enjoy all of the facilities. Expensive? Yes, but it delivers an experience which, if not unique, is certainly very rare. We had hoped to stay longer, but unsurprisingly it was fully booked beyond our two days. We will be back, and won't be waiting another 6 years!