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Glenapp Castle

Glenapp Castle

Sunday Times “Best Places to Stay Hotel” 2020

As you sweep up the long tree clad drive you will glimpse the beautiful façade of Glenapp Castle; encapsulating the romance of the Scottish Baronial style with magical towers, turrets, and crenellations. Oak panelled halls lead to the heart of the castle offering stunning views out to sea and the famous volcanic outcrop of Ailsa Craig. Beyond that you can see the Isle of Arran, Holy Island, and, on a clear day, the hills of Northern Ireland. Also available for exclusive use.

Rooms : 17 individually designed rooms with stunning views

Type : Couples, Families, Outdoor Actives, Golfers


Glenapp Castle is one of the finest luxury castle hotels in the United Kingdom and has been a member of Relais & Châteaux since 2001.

Overlooking the Firth of Clyde, out to the iconic Ailsa Craig, the beautiful, secluded, and peaceful gardens of Glenapp Castle offer the perfect location to relax, recharge, and take afternoon tea.




Everything on the doorstep

Many visitors to Glenapp don’t even feel the need to venture out of the castle grounds!

  • Hebridean Sea Safari Experience on the Glenapp Private Boat with private chef on board and option to experience some wild-island luxury glamping!
  • Stunning Scottish Cuisine, locally sourced
  • Beautiful walks around the thirty-six acres estate of gardens and woodlands including the Italian garden, designed by Gertrude Jekyll in collaboration with Sir Robert Lorimer
  • A 150 foot Victorian glasshouse, home to peach and fig trees, grape vines


There are seventeen guest rooms at Glenapp Castle. All of these rooms are individually designed and lavishly furnished and equipped to the same high standard. Many of the rooms have superb sea views with the ground floor rooms facing the garden and woodlands.



Whether you want to indulge in a luxury afternoon tea, award winning fine dining, or a simple spot of lunch, Glenapp Castle has just the place for you.

Fine dining at Glenapp Castle’s award winning restaurant is a truly unique experience. Whether you choose the six course dining experience or the ‘Taste of Glenapp’ three course menu, we believe you will enjoy the authenticity and flair of the cuisine.

Indulge in a delightful afternoon tea, or enjoy an extended evening dining experience in the gracious surroundings of the castle’s elegant dining rooms.
The restaurant’s six course gourmet menu which includes canapés, coffee, and petits fours allows you to watch the sun set over Ailsa Craig, the Mull of Kintyre, and across the beautiful Ayrshire coastline.

Whatever the occasion or time of day, dining at Glenapp Castle is a culinary experience not to be missed.



Golf is one of the main outdoor sporting activities in the area and there are four championship golf courses in Ayrshire within an hour of the castle: Royal Troon, Prestwick, Western Gailes, and Turnberry.

Castle experiences by boat

Around the shores of Ayrshire are many castle ruins and active castle homes. View Culzean Castle and its cliff top dominance 25 minutes north of Glenapp or, deeper into the Hebridean islands, view the iconic castle facing the Isle of Mull, where the movie “Entrapment” was filmed.

Hebridean Sea Safari

Your private chef will be on board & the professional crew will navigate you towards remote islands like Ailsa Craig, coastal castles & distant inns. Enjoy lunch at one of the many famous sea food restaurants, before arriving at an island or beach where you can experience luxury glamping in the wild.

Arts/Crafts/Learning and Games

Activities include : Perfume making, Cookery School, Private wine/whisky and Hendrick’s Gin Tastings, Photography & painting courses or Genealogy and Heraldry.

Gardens, Foraging, Beekeeping

Explore the thirty-six acres of gardens and woodlands which also boast herb, fruit, and flower gardens and a 150 foot Victorian glasshouse, home to peach and fig trees, grape vines and propagation rooms for a variety of plants and flowers. The grounds are bounded on all sides by yet more woodland and open countryside to explore.

Country Pursuits

Wide range of country sports from shooting, high pheasant and partridge shooting, deer stalking as well as salmon fishing on the River Stinchar, or trout fishing on a nearby loch.

Sports on site for all the family

Activities include : all-weather tennis courts, croquet lawn, french boules, fireworks, stargazing, mountain-biking, archery, clay-pigeon shooting, highland games, falconry and horse & carriage rides.

Helicopter to a variety of Hebridean Island distilleries

Glenapp has a secure helicopter landing site two minutes from the front door of the castle, with endless unique destinations in a 100 mile radius.


Podcast. Holly chats to owner of Glenapp Castle Paul Szkiler. Click here to hear all about the wonderful things you can see and do during a stay at this magnificent castle estate.


Glenapp Castle Hotel, Ballantrae, Ayrshire, Scotland KA26 0NZ


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  • "When you turn into the majestic gates and meander up the drive, and you are greeted by the splendour of the Castle - you know that you are going to have a very special time!"

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