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Glenapp Castle

Ballantrae KA26 0NZ Scotland
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Contactless check-in
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Updated 06/26/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 06/26/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


Travelers' Choice
Beautiful Scots Baronial castle set in 36 acres of stunning gardens and woodland overlooking the Ayrshire coastline and out to Ailsa Craig, the Isle of Arran and Mull of Kintyre. The castle is Scotland's highest rated Country House Hotel with 5 AA Red Stars and 4 AA Rosettes, 5 VisitScotland Gold Stars, EatScotland Gold Award and a Michelin Star.
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Free parking
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Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Tennis court
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Ocean view
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hmcf64 wrote a review Oct 9
St Ives, United Kingdom11 contributions1 helpful vote
Our Second visit here and just as great as 3 years ago on our honeymoon. The Castle and its grounds are wonderful, the food is fantastic, (Afternoon Tea in the Victorian glasshouse is a must), staff make it feel like home, and it’s a perfect place to stop, relax and make the most of our own beautiful country. We will look forward to our next visit!
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
AT190 wrote a review Oct 5
Marlow, United Kingdom319 contributions110 helpful votes
The castle and grounds were lovely , unfortunately building work was going on which spoilt it a little bit. It also advertised as a spa hotel but the spa was on a residential camp site 15 mins away . That being said the rooms were lovely, the staff were friendly and helpful . There was a lovely restaurant but in addition there was a fantastic greenhouse offering segregated eating for individual groups . It was totally unique . With your own area and a nice outside garden it gave you your own Covid safe but lovely environment. The food was excellent and beautifully served with an extensive wine list. The only difficulty was the walk back to the hotel on unlit paths but it certainly added a bit of fun! Overall a very pleasant experience especially as we had some nice weather to sit in the garden for drinks.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
Barry156 wrote a review Sep 2020
3 contributions1 helpful vote
The attention to detail went as far as the hotel calling in advance to check our dining preferences. Absolutely faultless from being met on arrival to pampered for our whole stay. Food excellent, service wonderful all packaged in lovely accommodation. Not cheap but very fair value for money.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Lindsey M wrote a review Sep 2020
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom155 contributions34 helpful votes
We stayed for 4 nights in a grand garden view room on the lower ground floor of the hotel - Knockdolian. We had a four-poster bed and lots of room, but it was very dark and the lighting was not good. The bathroom was spacious but the small shower cubicle was not, and the faulty overhead shower was not appreciated by this lady! Due to the nature of the building the floors creak so we were disturbed by the guests moving around in the room above us - The Earl of Orkney. We chose to have the 3-course dinner in the dining room each evening, with us having the same table throughout our stay for breakfast and dinner. The food was excellent, as were most of the staff. I was surprised that a car washing service was not offered when a quest asked specifically where he could get his car washed. Due to the location of the hotel and the weather, this service should have been provided onsite.
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Date of stay: September 2020
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Lower floor rooms will be impacted by creaking floors of the rooms above.
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KDBB wrote a review Sep 2020
London204 contributions98 helpful votes
We first visited Glenapp 7 years ago for my father's 70th. Our stay was so nice that we said to ourselves that we must return. The tasting menu we had during that stay was the best we have had and the castle and grounds were wonderful. When we returned we discovered the hotel was under new ownership. However, this has just meant that even more money has been invested in the property and the standards of the communal areas are rooms was very high indeed. Moreover, the new owners have converted the glasshouse within the walled garden into a lunch/dinner venue and they have done an incredible job. It is such a beautiful location to have drinks, lunch or dinner in. The walled garden even pre-dates the castle itself. The staff were incredibly friendly and efficient. We were met on arrival and welcomed into the hotel and shown our room but the main check-in could be done by app. We asked whether we could do a whisky tasting at last minute and the staff member was very happy to oblige. When we arrived back from our coffee in the glasshouse, our whisky tasting was waiting for us in the drawing room and we had a 1 hour private tasting. This is compared to our experience at Inverlochy Caste where we inquired about a whisky tasting and were merely told by a staff member "I'm not sure if we're doing them at the moment" and never heard back. The 5 course tasting menu was well priced and the food was impressive. Maybe not quite as good as our memory from 7 years ago but it still was very good value for a tasting menu. There were many good, well prices wine options, unlike Inverlochy where the mark up was around 4 times - so one had to pay £50+ for a very average bottle! Service again was very attentive. When we go back we will likely dine at the glasshouse where one can order a la carte. This is a great option for a longer stay where a tasting menu per day would get too much. In summary, it was another excellent stay at Glenapp and we will return - the sooner the better. Its clear the new owners are investing heavily in the property and it shows. They are also trying new things such as now providing trips to the inner Hebrides on board the hotel boat which sounds great. We wish them every success!
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Date of stay: September 2020
Response from John Orr, General Manager at Glenapp Castle
Responded Sep 8, 2020
Dear KDBB, Thank you for your wonderful review, and for sharing your happy family memories of the castle. The castle ownership changed in 2015 and the new owners have continued the great work began by the original hotel owners. The Victorian Glass House was refurbished last winter, and has become a great place for casual dining. While the Endeavour on the 3rd floor will open this Autumn. It will offer a 4 bedroom master apartment with private lounges, dedicated staff, and facilities to rival a large country house. We are delighted you enjoyed the food and the service and your kind comments have been distributed to the team. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Glenapp Castle
Which popular attractions are close to Glenapp Castle?
Nearby attractions include Ballantrae Windmill (1.3 miles), Ardstinchar Castle (1.3 miles), and Lagganhouse Country Park (2.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Glenapp Castle?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Glenapp Castle?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a desk, and a fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at Glenapp Castle?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Glenapp Castle?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Glenapp Castle have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Glenapp Castle offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Glenapp Castle?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Glenapp Castle?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Glenapp Castle offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Does Glenapp Castle have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Glenapp Castle accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.