The Most Romantic Hideaway in Scotland

May 22, 2017 - Travel


Glenapp Castle – The most romantic hideaway in Scotland


An ideal basis to play the iconic courses of the ayrshire coast


Glenapp Castle on the west coast of Scotland is considered one of the most romantic hideaways in the United Kingdom, located just an hour south of Glasgow or 2,4 km southwest of the town of Ballantrae. The castle serves as an ideal basis to play the iconic links courses of the spectacular coast of Ayrshire. The sandstone castle was built in 1870. After a total renovation in 2000 it was transformed into a luxury hotel and in 2002 became a member of “Relais & Chateaux”, the prestigious fellowship of individually owned and operated luxury hotels of approx. 540 properties in 64 countries. In 2015 the castle was acquired by Paul and Poppy Szkiler and their company, Truestone. Paul is the Chairman of the Truestone group of companies. Both Paul and Poppy focus on building businesses not simply to create profit, but also to address social and environmental challenges from Africa to Asia and in the United Kingdom. Glenapp Castle provides an intimate level of service with genuine attention to detail. As guests sweep up the long tree clad drive they will glimpse the beautiful façade of Glenapp Castle; encapsulating the romance of the Scottish Baronial style with magical towers, turrets, and crenellations. Once inside the luxury castle hotel offers a world of Victorian splendour. 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 one can see the Isle of Arran, Holy Island, and, on a clear day, the hills of Northern Ireland. All twenty rooms are beautifully appointed with its period furnishings and interiors as well as through the breath-taking 15 ha gardens, forest, and the seascapes that surround the castle. The new Castle Apartment will be launched this summer (due to be ready at the beginning of June). The Castle Apartment will include a Master Sea View Suite, a private dining/lounge area, private kitchen, office space, small cinema room, sauna room and two additional garden view rooms. 



Glenapp Castle is available to hire for exclusive use, i.e. for weddings, family celebrations, business meetings, corporate events and incentives throughout the year. Of course rooms can also be booked individually and so guests can enjoy the award winning cuisine of the castle’s restaurant. The Victorian tea room in the walled garden becomes a whisky snug in the winter months and can be booked for private use in the evening for groups up to 10 persons. The whisky snug has a wide selection of single malts available and a dining/pool table.

Golf is one of the main outdoor sporting activities in the area and there are three world-famous  championship golf courses in Ayrshire within an hour of the castle: Royal Troon, Prestwick, and Turnberry. The concierge team have good relationships to all these courses and will be happy to arrange all golfing requirements. The 45 mile coastal strip of links land along the Ayrshire coast boasts also many more highly regarded, if less famous venues, such as Western Gailes (a qualifying course for the British Open), Fullarton and Dondonald Links, site of the men’s and ladies Scottish Open in 2017. Several packages geared for golfers are offered like the Glenapp Championship Links Challenge with two rounds of golf at any combination of Royal Troon, Prestwick, Turnberry, Western Gailes and Dundonald.

If guests want to venture further afield the hotel’s boat, Glenapp Castle, is anchored at Girvan harbour. It can take up to eight golfers across the Firth of Clyde to the Isle of Arran where one can choose a mix of seven immaculately maintained links and parkland settings including the beautiful Brodick and Shiskine golf courses. The more adventurous can take out the Glenapp boat a little further to the tip of the peninsular Mull of Kintyre to the Machrihanish courses.

For a short video about Glenapp Castle and golf click at the following link:

Glenapp Castle also boast an all-weather tennis court and a croquet lawn. River Stinchar, on the doorstep of the hotel, is one of the most unspoilt and highly regarded salmon rivers in Scotland. The surrounding Glenapp estate offers some of the best pheasant shooting and the nearby Minuntion, Dunskey and Culzean estates are also highly regarded for stalking.


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