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Glenapp CastleBallantrae, Ayrshire
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Glenapp CastleBallantrae, Ayrshire

Sleeps - 42

Region - Scottish Borders & Southern Scotland

Driven shooting · Mixed sporting · Salmon Fishing · Stalking

Beach · Boats · Golf · Tennis · Walking/Hiking · Whisky Tasting/Distilleries

Tennis Court

Children Friendly · Fully Catered


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Glenapp CastleBallantrae, Ayrshire

Sleeps - 42

Region - Scottish Borders & Southern Scotland

Driven shooting · Mixed sporting · Salmon Fishing · Stalking

Beach · Boats · Golf · Tennis · Walking/Hiking · Whisky Tasting/Distilleries

Tennis Court

Children Friendly · Fully Catered


Welcome to a truly hidden place. A place to be inspired, reflect, recharge and reconnect; where you will feel ‘at home’ whether you’re travelling on your own or with a party of friends.

The luxury, award-winning five-star hotel is tucked away on the breath-taking Ayrshire coast in Scotland and provides an intimate level of service with genuine attention to detail. It has great beauty in its period furnishings and interiors as well as through the manicured gardens, forest, and the seascapes that surround that Castle, including views over the iconic Ailsa Craig Island, the Mull of Kintyre, the Isle of Arran and on a good day Northern Ireland.

Built in the late 19th century as a Scottish baronial Castle by Edinburgh architect David Bryce for a society family of the day, it is now a Relais & Chateaux property with a preposterously long driveway bringing you into a world of luxury and seclusion. Sleeping up to 42 people, with the possibility of overflow accommodation in the local area, Glenapp offers you a perfect Scottish Castle for an exclusive use throughout the year.

There are seventeen guest bedroom suites at Glenapp Castle. All of these suites are unique in their own style, all individually designed and lavishly furnished and equipped to the same high standard.

Additionally, the Penthouse Castle Apartment Suite, spanning the whole top floor of the Castle (4,500 square feet / 420 square meters) offers an exclusive private space with a further four bedrooms, five bathrooms, plus beauty & treatment room, sauna, library & games room, media room, period kitchen, private dining and drawing room. It is also offered with Private Chef and Personal Butler.

The Endeavour was recently voted as one of the ‘top suites in the world’ by Elite Traveller.

Glenapp Castle is a leading destination for delicious cuisine and its fine dining and 3 AA Rosettes. Locally sourced and homegrown produce finds its way from the Glenapp gardens to plate, blending horticulture and dining with a magical outcome. Guests can choose from a changing a la carte menu or a seven-course tasting menu with specially selected accompanying wines.

Glenapp is renowned for offering an abundance of 65 indoor and outdoor activities. From the traditional Scottish sporting activities, such as hunting, fishing, shooting in the surrounding estates, to perfume making, archery, stargazing, foraging, mountain biking, falconry displays and even the chance to finesse one’s Scottish fiddling skills – there truly is something for everything.

Surrounded by several golf courses, three of them are championship – Prestwick,  Royal Troon & Turnberry and all within a short drive from Glenapp Castle. Helipad also available on site for quicker transfers. Driven shoots and bespoke shooting packages are available in the surrounding estates and salmon fishing on the local river Stinchar.

The hotel is situated beside the local Galloway Forest Park is one of the only four ‘Dark Skies Parks’ in Europe, where clean air and lack of light pollution results in amazing clear nights perfect for Stargazing. Guests at Glenapp Castle are fortunate to experience the same expansive skies from the comfort of the Castle’s Victorian Walled Garden. With a local astronomer on hand to guide guests through the millions of constellations clearly visible from the hotel, residents can use the Castle’s telescopes to immerse themselves in some spectacular stargazing.

Renowned highlights include Glenapp Castle’s unique Hebridean Sea Safari experience where guests embark upon a seaborn adventure aboard the Glenapp Castle boat, or perhaps take a helicopter tour to a variety of Hebridean Islands. With so many esteemed activities that are now expanding further, it is no wonder that Glenapp Castle is becoming renowned as a go-to destination for experiencing Scotland in ways that you wouldn’t find elsewhere.

Welcome to Glenapp Castle!

We say...

Glenapp Castle is a luxury five star hotel which can be taken on an exclusive basis if required. A wonderful location for a large gathering, wedding or special celebration.


17 luxury Castle bedroom suites, all en-suite, with Seaview, woodland views and fireplaces.

Penthouse Castle Apartment, spanning 4,500 square feet across whole top floor of Castle which can be rented separately, offering:

  • Further 4-bedroom suites, all with large private bathrooms
  • Beauty & Treatment Room
  • Sauna
  • Treatment & Beauty Room
  • Library & Games Room
  • Media Room
  • Private Dining for up to 16
  • Private large Lounge
  • Period Kitchen
  • Private Butler & Personal Chef
  • Private access elevator

3 AA Rosette award winning Dining Room

A Relais & Chateaux property

110 acres of private stunning gardens and surrounding woodland

Private Boat

Experiences & Activities Programme offering 70+ activities on and around the Estate.

Drawing room with open fireplace.


Complimentary fast Wi-Fi throughout

Exclusive use venue hire all year round.

A perfect location for celebrations, weddings, multi-gen family gathering, country sports group or corporate events

The Castle itself can accommodate up to 42 guests in total. We also can accommodate up to a further 40 guests in 5 star local cottages along the Stinchar River and on the harbour’s edge with complimentary transfers to and from the Castle.




Game Shooting on excellent local estates – available October to January.

Deerstalking – available April to December.

Salmon Fishing on the river Girvan available March to November.

Golf at Turnberry, Royal Troon, Prestwick and Western Gailes and numerous other local courses.

Virtual Clay shooting locally.

Special Packages
Bespoke Shooting Packages available October to January.
Special Dinner, Bed and Breakfast Shooting Party rates available October to December.


Many visitors to Glenapp don’t even feel the need to venture out of the Castle grounds! As well as many walks to explore, our 110 acres of private estate and local woodland also boast herb, fruit, and flower gardens, a 150 foot Victorian glasshouse, and an all-weather tennis court and croquet lawn. The grounds are bounded on all sides by yet more woodland and open countryside to explore.

The Glenapp 2023 Activities programme offers over 70 unique activities on and around the Estate with something for everyone, from the very young to the not so young! Among these are:

Wild Swimming – Immerse yourself in the great outdoors with this fun and increasingly popular activity. Whether taking a dip in a local Loch or taking the plunge into our wonderful Scottish seas, wild swimming in these natural bodies of water is the ultimate way to refresh, invigorate and get back in touch with nature. Your instructor will join you in the water throughout your experience making this an activity perfect for all abilities and beginners to this past time. Once back on dry land a hot drink will be provided to help warm you back up.

Foraging – Scotland’s beautiful, bountiful Southwest is an open-air larder of gourmet delights and Glenapp Estate, Gardens and surrounding area offer Guests some incredible wild flavours. Our foraging expert has been teaching about wild food for 30 years and regularly works with leading chefs, distillers and bartenders. They will take you on a half day or full day adventure to show you how to identify seasonal edible goodies such as wild mushrooms, aromatic herbs, seaweeds and succulent coastal plants. The session can be designed around your particular interests, and rarely requires more than about 1 mile of easy walking. You will learn about the natural history, health benefits, and food uses of wild plants and mushrooms, and how to cook and make delicious drinks with them….

Glenapp Archery – Unleash your inner Robin Hood and master the highly enjoyable skills of the longbow. Our Glenapp trained archery instructors have all the equipment on site to test your capabilities within the woods of Glenapp. Our instructors will introduce the sport and teach the basic skills to take part in progressive games and fun tasks. From balloon popping to points games an archery session is great fun for all ability levels. This is a great fun sport suitable for all the family all year round.

Guided Mountain Bike Tours – Mountain biking provides the opportunity to explore coastal paths and forest trails with terrains to suit all abilities. Accompanied by an experienced cycling guide with great knowledge of the local area, who will take you on an invigorating adventure by bike. The Ayrshire Coastal Path at the edge of our estate is a hidden gem and you are unlikely to see to many people, but you will experience remote beaches and ancient woodlands and on a good day panoramas all the way to Ireland. This is a great experience suitable for all the family.

Curling – Curling is a sport for all, enjoyed by young and not so young alike. Glenapp Guests will be met by the curling rink manager and will enjoy a welcome hot beverage, followed by a 45 minute “How to Curl lesson” with an accredited curling coach from the Royal Caledonian Curling Club, followed by a 45 minute game finishing with afternoon tea.

Canoeing – Glenapp Castle being situated in this beautiful part of Southwest Scotland makes it the perfect location for canoeing. With some of Scotland’s finest inland lochs, rivers and coastline this is a perfect way for all the family to get together and enjoy an adventure out on the water. Canoeing is a fantastic activity for experts and beginners alike, and our amazing instructors can tailor the experience to suit everyone. Spend some quality time with the family and get out on the water at Maidens Harbour or Girvan Harbour or a little further afield at Loch Trool or Loch Marberry and create some everlasting memories in the great outdoors.

Kayaking – Kayaking is an activity suitable for all! It is a fun way to get all the family together in the fresh outdoors and beautiful scenery. Our experienced instructors will show you how to handle the Kayak and make the most of this experience. You will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful Local Ayrshire Lochs or the wonderful coastline – location is dependent on the good old Scottish weather.

Horse Riding at Turnberry – Create lasting memories in the fresh Scottish air while enjoying the surrounds of wonderful scenery with horse riding at Turnberry Stables. Turnberry’s very own beach with such a captivating coastline allows for invigorating rides and breath-taking views across the iconic Ailsa Craig and Isle of Arran. Guests can choose from a variety of activities including trekking, beach rides and lessons, making this a perfect day out for all the family to enjoy!

Glenapp Castle’s all-year tennis court is great fun for both children and adults alike find your “inner” Andy Murray and enjoy your Game, Set and Match. The tennis court is complementary, and guests have access to all the Glenapp tennis equipment, automated ball machine or enjoy a private lesson to perfect the different strokes and skills needed to be a master of this fantastic sport.

A game of croquet or French boules? Simply make your way to the beautifully manicured lawn of Glenapp Castle, unleash your competitive side with a fun game for all the family.

Whether you’re in need of a long-overdue massage or simply want to pamper yourself with a facial or manicure, the experienced Glenapp beauty therapists are on hand to help. They’ll even pop in for a pre-dinner makeover.

For those who want to keep up with their fitness routine? You’ll find yoga mats (yoga tuition available), weights and hula hoops waiting for you….

South Ayrshire, Dumfries, and Galloway are full of surprises for Castle guests. The beautiful isles off the west coast of Scotland with their whisky distilleries and wildlife are there to be discovered and accessible by the Castle’s boat. On land, the history of the region can be seen through its ancient monuments and castles while the local traditions are celebrated in the many music and arts festivals and country shows.

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