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Glenapp Castle, Ayrshire


Glenapp Castle is a 17-bedroom luxurious Relais & Chateaux hotel tucked away on the breath-taking Ayrshire coast, Scotland. Guests can find themselves getting lost within the castle’s extensive grounds or escaping to the majestic Scottish countryside for long romantic walks and beautiful views of Ailsa Craig and Northern Ireland


Located in Ayrshire, Scotland, just five minutes from the beach town of Ballantrae with stunning surrounding views of the famous volcanic outcrop of Ailsa Craig as well as the Isle of Arran, Holy Island, and, on a clear day, the hills of Northern Ireland. The Castle is around one and a half hours south of Glasgow and two and a half hours south west of Edinburgh.

Ideal For

Families seeking an action packed escape

A multigenerational family getaway – with a huge array of activities there is something for all the generations at Glenapp Castle. The Kids can spend their days mountain biking, parents can enjoy wine tasting evenings and the grandparents can immerse themselves in all the local history or perfect their swing at the local golf course.

Couples wanting a romantic weekend

The magical towers, turrets, and crenellations of Glenapp Castle make it the perfect fairy-tale location for couples
With grand interiors and period furnishings, the castle’s sea view rooms with four-poster beds and cosy fires, mean that couples can spend time alone, whilst looking out onto the calming waters surrounding the Scottish Isles. The local Galloway Forest Park is one of only four ‘Dark Sky Parks’ in Europe, where a lack of light pollution means that couples can immerse themselves in some spectacular stargazing. Wrap up in a blanket with a bottle of wine for a dreamy evening beneath the stars.



With a Scottish Baronial style, the castle is encapsulated with magical towers, turrets and crenellations. The Castle has grand interiors and period furnishings.

Rooms and Suites

There are seventeen regal suites at Glenapp Castle. All of these suites are individually designed, lavishly furnished and equipped to the same high standard. In Mid-October the Castle will also introduce its brand new penthouse suite, The Endeavour, adding a further four opulent bedrooms to its portfolio.

Four-poster beds and fireplaces allow guests to unwind, whilst looking out onto the calming waters surrounding the Scottish Isles. As well as the bedrooms with superb sea views, the ground floor provides guests with stunning views across the gardens and woodlands. They even have two dog friendly garden suites for those who don’t want to leave the furry friends behind.

Food and Drink

Glenapp Castle’s award winning restaurant is a truly unique experience. Whether guests choose the six course dining experience, the ‘Taste of Glenapp’ three course menu, or indulge in a delicious afternoon tea, they will not be disappointed.

The restaurant’s six course gourmet menu which includes canapés, coffee, and petits fours can be enjoyed while guests watch the sun set over Ailsa Craig, the Mull of Kintyre, and across the beautiful Ayrshire coastline. September 2019 saw the opening of the recently renovated Moncur and McKenzie Victorian Glasshouse which sits in the impressive Glenapp Walled Garden. The Glasshouse was originally built in the late 1800s and is now without a doubt, one of the most impressive and unique spaces for formal and informal dining.

The hotel’s restaurant team is made of true hospitality professionals, passionate about providing an outstanding personal service. The team prides itself on using local produce for its freshness and excellent quality that is available in Ayrshire. All of the restaurant’s fish and shellfish are line-caught, or hand-dived off Scotland’s west coast, and the game comes from local estates from across Ayrshire. Beef, lamb, and pork are farmed only 17 miles from the castle. The menu changes each day.

Other Activities

The castle is renowned for offering an abundance of 65+ indoor and outdoor activities. From perfume making, wilderness living, archery, clay pigeon shooting, stargazing, foraging, bee keeping, tank driving, mountain biking and even interactive falconry displays, there truly is something for everyone.

Nearby Attractions

Right on the Castle’s door steps are some of Scotland’s most beautiful Hebridean islands including Jura, Islay, Eilean Mor MacCormick and Gigha.

Glenapp Castle also offers their bespoke Hebridean Sea Safari experience, which gives guests the unique opportunity to embark upon a four / five night adventure, exploring the Scottish isles in search of incredible wildlife, onboard the Glenapp Castle rib boat.

Guests travel with a professional crew who take them on an adventure towards remote islands, coastal castles and distant inns. What’s more, a private chef and personal butler joins the team on board to cook up sumptuous feasts along the way, with goodies such as lobster, oysters, indulgent racks of lamb and mackerel.

The camp is in a unique position on the northern tip of the Isle of Jura just perfect for those Scottish sunsets. Whilst sipping on a local dram, late evenings are spent looking out over the spectacular scenery and calming waters, before retreating to the luxury glamping tent in the wild.

Prices From

£415 for a Garden View Suite on a room and breakfast basis

Transport Links

Glenapp Castle is around an hour and a half drive from Glasgow Central Station and Glasgow International Airport. Guests can travel to Glenapp Castle overnight on the Caledonian Sleeper train from Kings Cross to Glasgow.

Glenapp Castle can also arrange airport transfers by taxi, executive saloon, MPV or limousine. Helicopter transfers are also available, as is car hire.

Contact Details

Website: www.glenappcastle.com

Address: Glenapp Castle, Ballantrae, Girvan KA26 0NZ