Great British Boltholes: A Review of Glenapp Castle, Scotland


Great British Boltholes: Glenapp Castle in Scotland is a multi-country elegance and style

  • Glenapp Castle is a five-star hotel in a & # 39; sensational & # 39; corner of Ayshire, Scotland
  • There are 17 guest rooms (a few dog-friendly) overlooking the garden or the sea
  • The castle restaurant serves a & # 39; giggling & # 39; six curtain menu with six

From the north of the border, I am often asked to recommend the best hotel in Scotland, and Glenapp Castle stars in my top three. What's not to love?

The Scottish baronial seat in Ballantrae, a sensational corner of Ayrshire, is now a five-star hotel.

I loved the feeling of anticipation encouraged by the tangy smell of the sea at the approach along the winding, coastal A77 by the Firth of Clyde. Alarming the phone entry system to gain access made us feel like VIP & # 39; s even before we wandered through the gate and into the curvy driveway, shadows of adult forest.

Romantic retreat: Glenapp Castle, pictured, is a five-star hotel in Ayshire, Scotland

Upon reaching the parking lot, a hospitable committee was prepared to take our luggage and take us to our room, called Knockdolian.

Dogs are welcome on prior arrangement and our spacious, antique garden suite had direct access to the grounds – all 36 acres, which we explored with our pet, Minnie. We enjoyed drinks before dinner, as the sun slowly passed behind Ailsa Craig.

Dining in the castle restaurant is special, with a gourmet six-course menu. Because dogs are not allowed in public rooms, coffee and pet Fours were provided with thoughts in our suite.

You can capture stags on camera from Glenapp Castle

You can capture stags on camera from Glenapp Castle

An activity from Glenapp Castle's extensive brochure was included as part of our package, although when the alarm clock rang at 5am, I wondered why we had chosen to go photo-stalking. We could have seen the star shows, a wildlife cruise on a private rib, the adrenaline rush of experiencing & # 39; Europe's longest zip wire, or even riding tank instead.

Still, it was all worth it when we crawled through vomiting like the SAS behind expert Chris Dalton and his dog Oscar, four royal red cocks and a damn row then spotted in the soft light of dawn, just close enough to catch on camera. Excited by our experience, we also felt that we had earned our full Scottish breakfast that morning, enjoyed before most other guests even woke up.

The USP: A romantic bloom of sandstone fairytale towers set in a scenic biosphere reserve, just off the new South West Coastal 300 route.

The rooms: A choice of 17 elegant guest rooms (a few dog-friendly) with period furniture, luxurious bathrooms, wi-fi, and garden or sea views.

The food: Local produce (and the kitchen garden) are used to present sublime dishes. Our six-course dinner menu included Orkney scallops with pan-seared, breast of & # 39; e Goosnargh duck, plus a molt-in & # 39; e-mouth buttermilk and rosewater pannacotta. And don't miss breakfast with the castle's own jam, marmalade and honey.


Glenapp Castle, Ballantrae, Ayrshire. B&B accommodation costs from £ 395 or £ 525 per room per night, including a six-course gourmet dinner. Visit for more information.


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