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“Chatting with Holly” and Paul Szkiler of Glenapp Castle

1st December 2020

“Glenapp is more of a destination than a castle, offering unique experiences and immersive activities”

   

Holly recently caught up with Paul Szkiler, owner of the stunning Glenapp Castle in Ayrshire, Scotland. The castle was acquired by Paul and Poppy Szkiler in 2015 and since then, they have transformed it into not just a wonderful place to stay but a stunning ‘destination offering’, that embraces the spectacular coastline and islands where it sits. The castle is located in a beautiful and hidden part of Scotland.  The locations provides a unique gateway to many of the Hebridean islands and is ideal for clients who are looking for different, off the beaten track experiences.

There is no doubt that Paul is a visionary, “immersing guests with the local traditions and opening up a part of Scotland that is relatively untouched”, was always part of his master plan. Listen to Paul’s interesting story when he talks Holly about his journey and his plans for Glenapp in more detail on the podcast.

Worth a mention are the new Hebridean Sea Safari experiences, which are unique to Glenapp and a ‘must’ for any visitor to the Castle. A private chef will be on board and the professional crew will navigate you towards remote islands like Jura or Islay,  coastal castles and distant inns. Enjoy lunch at one of the many famous sea food restaurants, before arriving at an island or beach where luxury glamping in the wild can be arranged. A  ‘dram’ before a chef prepares a memorable dinner under the stars will guarantee an adventure which few have experienced before, or you can return back to the luxury of your castle where you can enjoy various fine dining experiences, formal or informal and of course their beautiful afternoon teas.

    

Travelling between islands you will spot bountiful sea and bird life, or go ashore to the site of an ancient monastery, archaeological site, hidden castle garden, or whisky distillery. You may also see ‘Ripley’ the sea eagle, ‘Ripley’ has been trained aboard the boat to catch fish in the local waters. At 7 pounds and with a wing span of 7 feet she is a formidable hunter and can easily take fish up to 4 pounds in weight.

    

You can also find more information about the Castle, their Sea Safari experiences and the newly renovated Victorian Glasshouse, on the Glenapp Castle Accommodation Page.

 

A stay at Glenapp Castle can also be included as part of this sample programme :

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