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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

5.0 Excellent 411 Reviews
Best meal ever!!
Reviewed 4 days ago

Took my wife to the castle for her birthday. Omg what a place its lovely met at our car and shown to a comfy sofa for drinks. Then we made our way to the dining room for our food. Wow is the only way to describe the food the service was impeccable the the food amazing. We have eaten at some really nice restaurants in the past and our previous best was the Eiffel Tower but this surpasses it. Thank you so much for a fantastic night and for the cake as well...BEST NIGHT EVER!!!!

Father day
Reviewed 1 week ago

Attended today for father’s day, we were a group of 6 adults and 1 child. The service was fantastic nothing was too much trouble. They made adaptions to the kids menu to suit my son, and catered for a relative that needed disabled access as well. Food was outstanding, attention to detail amazing and the staff are a credit to the business. Would most certainly return.

ANOTHER MAGICAL EXPERIENCE AT GLENAPP CASTLE
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thank you John and all your team who made our stay unique and memorable. The staff are friendly, attentive and very professional. We have stayed and dined at Glenapp many times and on each occasion there are subtle changes which enhance our stay. Nellio parked the car and Hazel had the clothes hung in the wardrope for us. Our party had sandwiches and scones on arrival and we had the 3 course gourmet dinner which was exceptional, one of the best we've had at Glenapp. Glenapp is one of those rare places, with every visit it gets better and better, more magical and enchanting, a truely unique experience. The gardens are peaceful and tranquil and the sunset from the sitting room in Arran suite was absolutley stunning with views of Ailsa Craig, Arran and Kintyre. We are looking forward to our visits throughout the year.

Afternoon tea
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Joined trefoil members for garden walk and afternoon tea at this stunning hotel. From arrival to leaving were made to feel welcome, a valued guest although not staying in hotel. Met by staff including operations manager when parking. Tea was in the walled garden tearoom which held our party's 14. Two staff catered to our needs. Attentive and friendly service. Food very good. Gardens ideal for wandering. Dogs allowed in gardens not hotel. Booking advisable as teas usually in the hotel. Stunning view across to Arran and Ailsa Craig.

Lovely castle with attentive service
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A fairytale experience in a lovely Scottish castle with charming villages nearby, we found exploring the grounds enjoyable and relaxing. The staff were happy to accommodate us with specialized check out based on our departure time and saw to every request to make our stay special.