Things To Do in Ayrshire, Scotland
Golf breaks, luxury spas, beautiful beaches within acres of stunning countryside...
Glenapp Castle is located near the southern end of the county of Ayrshire in South-West Scotland.
This has the advantage of giving easy access to two counties - Ayrshire, and the beautiful neighbouring county of Dumfries and Galloway.
The major cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh are within striking distance for a day trip. So too is the beautiful island of Arran and even Belfast and Northern Ireland.
The wild and beautiful countryside around the castle plays host to a wide selection of interesting places to visit and things to do [click to view a full list of Activities, Days Out, Places to Visit, information about our location in the UNESCO Biosphere, Dates for your Diary and Local Links].
Many visitors to Glenapp don’t ever feel the need to venture out of the castle grounds! As well as many walks to explore, our thirty-six acres of gardens and woodlands also boast herb, fruit and flower gardens, a 150 foot Victorian Glasshouse and an all-weather tennis court and croquet lawn. The grounds are bounded on all sides by yet more woodland and open countryside.
A five minute journey from the castle is our neighbouring Spa for a swim or a sauna, a massage or a beauty treatment. They also have a fully equipped gym for our more energetic guests [click to view Spa page].
Outdoors, in the nearby area there are many beaches, the closest being in the village of Ballantrae. Ballantrae beach is mostly a pebble beach, but still offers a couple of miles of walking with amazing views of Ireland and Ailsa Craig. Sawney Bean’s Cave (click to view Sawney Bean's Cave web site) is worth a visit if you don’t mind a steep cliff path.
Golf is one of the main outdoor sporting activities in the area, and there are four championship courses within an hour of the castle, these being Royal Troon, Prestwick, Western Gailes, and Turnberry.
Other local courses include Brunston Castle (click to view the Brunston Castle web site) and Girvan to the north, and Creachmore, ( click to view the Stranraer Golf Club web site), Dunskey (click to view the Portpatrick Golf Club web site), and Glenluce (click to view the Glenluce Golf Club web site) to the south.
Guests at Glenapp may also have access to the private Cally Course (click to view the Cally Palace Golf Course web site)at Cally Palace in Gatehouse of Fleet, or even venture further east to Southerness(click to view the Southerness Golf Club web site).