22 Car Free Activities in
and South West Scotland
Please find listed below are some of the car free activities available in the castle, within the grounds of Glenapp, or in the surrounding area. The list is not exhaustive.
Please ask if there is anything else you’d like to try.
Please note some activities need to be booked in advance.
Glenapp Garden Walk: Enjoy a walk through the Walled Garden down to the Azalea Pond and then into the Italian Garden with stunning views across to Ailsa Craig and Arran.
Walks, Trails and Picnics: Please ask for maps of local walks and walks from the castle including details of the stunning Ayrshire Coastal Path.
The Knockdolian Hill Walk Challenge 265metres:
Walk to the top of Knockdolian and enjoy a fantastic panoramic view from the top to the Merricks, across to Northern Ireland and Arran and up the Firth of Clyde. We recommend you take your camera. Hire of binoculars can be arranged from reception at £5.00 per person.
French Boules: Available from reception.
Glenapp Garden Treasure Hunt: Details available from reception.
Glenapp Castle Afternoon Tea: Enjoy our full afternoon tea served in the Drawing Room. The cost for this is £19.50 per person. Please book in advance.
Segway Adventure Tours:
Private 2 hour session with instructor and 2 Segways – costs approximately £350.00. *This must be booked in advance
Falconry Displays: Our Falconer will give a private demonstration of the ancient art and a display of up to a dozen different birds for small groups of 1 to 4 people or for larger groups of 5 to 15 people. Cost is approximately £275.00 plus VAT for a small group of 1 – 4 people or £325.00 - £395.00 plus VAT for a group of 5 – 15 people. *This must be booked in advance.
Geo-caching: All you need is a pair of good walking boots, your GPS and your Geo-Caching co-ordinates. There are around 60 great Geo-caches in the area.
Tennis: The outdoor tennis court is next to the castle. Rackets and balls are available from reception.
Foraging: Private 2 -3 hour session for two with a local foraging expert. The cost is approximately £250.00. Our Head Chef will be happy to create an additional dish for you at dinner from your foraged produce. Cost of the dish is dependent on the foraged produce. *This must be booked in advance.
Giant Pick Up Sticks: Available from reception
Mountain Biking: Cycle trails from the castle door. Bike hire and guide can be arranged. *This must be booked in advance. The 7 Stanes Mountain Bike Trails are throughout the south of Scotland and very accessible from Glenapp Castle.
Glenapp Castle Lunch: Enjoy a relaxing three course gourmet lunch in our Michelin Star dining room. The cost is £39.50 per person and includes canapés, coffee and petits fours. *Please book in advance.
Private Wine Tasting: Can be arranged at the castle. Cost depends on the number of wines as well as the vintage of wines sampled. Minimum 8 guests if non-exclusive use. Advance notice is required. *This must be booked in advance.
Private Whisky Tasting: Can be arranged at the castle. Cost depends on number and type of whiskys sampled: Classic or Rare. Advance notice is required. Minimum 8 guests if non- exclusive use. *This must be booked in advance.
Quoits: Available from reception.
Stargazing: Pocket Star Chart, hand-warmers, torches with red filter for night vision and binoculars can be hired from reception at £5.00 per person. *Please book stargazing equipment prior to arrival so everything can be in your room on arrival.
Wildlife Watch: We are happy to provide a list of recommended wildlife watching hotspots in the area that can be reached by foot and you can hire of binoculars from reception. Day hire of binoculars costs £5.00 per day.
Croquet: The croquet lawn is in the castle gardens. Mallets and balls are available from reception.
Quiet Zone: The Library at the castle offers guests a quiet area to relax and read with a wide selection of books and magazines. Why not take the opportunity to read ‘A flight too far’ - the story of Elsie Mackay of Glenapp.
Board Games: The Library at the castle stocks a wide selection of board games to suit all ages and levels of ability.