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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 401 Reviews
Out of this World !!!!
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is the second time we have had the pleasure of staying at Glenapp Castle, from the moment we arrived we were greeted at the front entrance by the staff who showed us to our room.

Our room overlooked the beautiful gardens outwards to the sea, with the views of Ailsa Craig. Our room was beautifully furnished, with exquisite decor and was spotlessly clean.

We experienced some excellent cuisine prepared for us over the two evenings, the presentation and attention to detail of the food was nothing short of outstanding.

What makes Glenapp castle so extra special is the warmth and hospitality of the staff, we wish to say a very special thank you to Jules who looked after us during our meals, in fact every member of staff we met needs to be mentioned here, but we cannot remember all their names, as much to say we sincerely thank you for an amazing 2 days guys, and we so very much look forward to seeing you again , hopefully at the later end of the year.......

Finally we had the upmost pleasure in meeting the Owners Poppy and Paul Szkiler. You are the most fantastic hosts , it was a genuine thrill to see you both today, your vision as hoteliers of Glenapp takes it to another level and you deserve every success, it was our pleasure as a family to meet you and your wonderful team over the last 2 days.....

Happy Easter.........

Fabulous.....

A review without even having the pleasure of being through the gates
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I don’t complain, don’t write reviews and am easy to please; however feel compelled to do this. Writing this review so other people don’t feel mis-led by the web page references alone.

Had the most bizarre encounter at the gates of Glenapp Castle. We are staying at the nearby Trump Turnberry and enjoying a lovely week off due to Scottish school holidays. As a family with young child, we decided to have a drive around nearby coastal towns namely Ballantrae... me being a huge fan of fancy hotels and afternoon teas, on impulse I asked my husband to drive us to the Glenapp castle for an impromptu tea after some fun time at the Ballantrae beach (given the website clearly states that afternoon tea served everyday from 1:30pm - 4:30pm).

We had an awful time getting to the gates but still thrilled with our little adventure, we found the gates and rang the bell.. straight away the reception seemed annoyed with us. Below is our little exchange if anyone s interested.

Our question: hi there, is the restaurant open today?

The answer: what is this regarding? (Annoyed tone)

My head going: seriously? The answer is yes or no... or being in the service industry - just say apologies we are not open for public or something nice to that effect.

Our next statement: we are looking to have some afternoon tea or lunch or whatever is available.

The answer: sorry, we don’t serve lunch on weekdays and don’t serve tea during weekdays without reservation..

Our next statement: ummm we are just looking for afternoon tea.

The answer: sorry, we don’t do afternoon tea without reservation, but I can check and see if you want...(lady on phone still maintained the annoyed tone)

Our next statement: umm that’s ok don’t worry about it.

My head going: seriously! You are not doing us any favour by letting us in.. you guys own the business and surely there is another way to say it when you are turning customers away...(maybe training required in this area?).

After this exchange, we drive away in our fancy car and our money to spend at Culzean Castle where guess what they had to squeeze us in too but had a much nicer way to say it and deal with it .

We live in Scotland and do like impromptu luxury trips, but this hotel is off our list even without getting a chance to see it. Don’t mean to be harsh with the review- but this is a clear example in the service industry of how one conversation can totally put off future customers from a place.

Absolutely amazing
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was served by Luke front of house and he was amazing nothing was too much trouble amazing staff and an amazing castle thank you again. Even liz the cleaner helped my grandmother into the library for our afternoon tea everyone is amazing!!!

Mothering Sunday lunch
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From the moment we pulled up into car park we were treated like royalty, a nice touch for Mother’s Day was a professional photographer to record our visit . It was a set menu as a special occasion but what we had was excellent and would like to return to sample the full choice at some stage .
The level of service was second to none the staff were friendly and attentive, Their neighbors And competitors Trump Turnberry could do with taking a leaf out of their book in improving their level of service which falls far short of 5star .
All in all a very enjoyable dining experience

Wedding weekend
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Staying in a very old home or castle can often appear glamourous but the reality may mean cold draughty rooms that feel like a museum where one can't fully relax and feel at home, not so with glenapp castle.the rooms were warm and the bed comfortable. Our suite was like a home from home for the weekend. All of the staff were welcoming and friendly and couldn't have been more accommodating and pleasant.