Glenapp Castle – Ballantrae, Ayrshire

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Be inspired, reflect, recharge, reconnect. That’s what the owners of Glenapp Castle, Paul and Poppy Szkiler, hope you will do when you come to stay – and that is surely what will happen. The 19th-century sandstone castle, once the seat of the Earl of Inchcape, is suitably grand, with oak-panelled hallways and corridors, lavishly decorated reception rooms and 17 highly individual bedrooms and suites. But it’s the wonderful gardens and grounds overlooking Ailsa Craig that make this Relais & Châteaux hotel truly special, where guests have exclusive access to the huge Victorian glasshouse, walled garden and woodland walks. Not to mention the hotel’s own 11-metre rib for fishing and birdwatching trips, as well as a host of world-class golf courses nearby. Then there’s the seriously good food, sourced from the Scottish larder. Ultimately, it’s the staff – local, warm, always professional, who are Glenapp Castle’s best asset.

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Take a boat trip to Ailsa Craig, the iconic volcanic outcrop from which Scotland’s famous curling stones were quarried. Continue on to discover Isle of Arran, a place with all the beauty of Scotland in miniature.


Fine dining at Glenapp Castle’s beautiful restaurant is a truly unique experience and something not to be missed. Whether you choose the six-course dining experience or the ‘Taste of Glenapp’ three course menu there is something for everyone


Charter the Glenapp Castle Boat, a fast 11-metre rib with covered seating for eight, including a range of hydraulic suspension seating, on board kitchen and WC facilities. The vessel allows for both long and short-range trips in comfort and is available for charter, fully crewed and fully equipped for most types of sea fishing. The cost for charter per day is £1000 plus VAT.


Glenapp has an incredibly colourful past. One of its most famous visitors, Winston Churchill, is rumoured to have visited in 1944 with Lord Inchcape and Eisenhower – history in the making.

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