The Castle Grounds
ACTIVITIES IN THE LOCAL AREA
Golf: There are four Championship Golf Courses in the area. These are Turnberry, Royal Troon, Prestwick and Western Gailes. Turnberry is a half hour drive. The other three are approximately one hour's drive. Up to date quote provided on request.
Please note: To book tee times on any of the above courses it is a requirement to book and pay a deposit in advance. Once a booking is made cancellation usually means loss of deposit.
There are many other high quality courses in the area, the nearest being Stranraer, Port Patrick, Brunston Castle and Glenluce. All are about half an hour's drive from the castle. These are not championship courses, but they are all excellent, and offer a challenge to any golfer. Up to date quote provided on request.
THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES CAN BE ARRANGED NEARBY
Horse Riding: Supervised Horse riding is located half an hour's drive from the castle at 'Shanter Stables'. The riders are usually taken along a route, which takes in the beach at Maidens then on into the Culzean Country Park. The stables cater for all levels of experience. Up to date quote provided on request.
Salmon Fishing: The River Stinchar is highly regarded by Scottish salmon fishermen. It is a spate river, and is therefore at its best after rain. The season is from 25th February to 31st October each year. Some of the best pools are located within a fifteen-minute drive of the castle, and fishing, with the services of a ghillie can be arranged by advance booking. Please note this activity is dependent on the level of water in the river. Up to date quote provided on request.
Clay Pigeon Shooting: We can arrange clay pigeon shooting nearby however this needs to booked in advance. Up to date quote provided on request.
Trout Fishing: Twenty minutes from the castle, there is a well stocked loch, with rods for hire, for both bank and boat fishing. There is a clubhouse and snacks are available.
Deer Stalking: With prior notice we can arrange deer stalking dependent on time of year. It is managed deer stalking so you will be accompanied throughout. Suitable for experienced guns Only. Up to date quote provided on request.
Shooting: With prior notice, we can arrange walked up or driven pheasant and partridge shooting (September/October/ November and December), as well as excellent rough shooting for snipe, woodcock, geese and duck (August to February). Up to date quote provided on request.
Organised Activities: We can arrange for organised activities in the castle grounds, such a MINI HIGHLAND GAMES, or ‘IT’S A KNOCKOUT’ style games. Exclusive-Use parties only. Up to date quote provided on request.
Giant Games: We can arrange for Giant Games which includes, Buzzwire, Giant Jenga, Giant Snakes and Ladders etc. Exclusive-Use parties only. Up to date quote provided on request.
Estate Safaris: Enjoy a cross country tour of the ten thousand acre Glenapp Estate in four wheel drive vehicles. As well as some exciting driving, you can learn about the operation of a large landed estate, which has forestry, farming and shooting as its main activities. Up to date quote provided on request.
Mountain Biking: The 7 Stanes Mountain Bike Trails are throughout the south of Scotland and very accessible from Glenapp Castle. We can arrange guides and bike hire.
Boat Trips: Boat trips to or around the island of Ailsa Craig which is a famous bird sanctuary, and houses the remains of a monastery and a ruined castle. With luck, you may see porpoises and seals, or even a basking shark on your journey. Advance booking is required and as Ailsa Craig is a bird sanctuary, landing is dependant on the time of year and the tides. Up to date quote provided on request. Quotations for a luxurious yacht trip can be obtained.
Sea Fishing and Diving: The waters around Ailsa Craig provide excellent diving and sea fishing. Day trips can be arranged with advance booking.
Sailing and Other Watersports: This can be arranged at a nearby Activity Centre and Ski School. Activities include sailing, windsurfing, paddlesports, water skiing and boats rides. Plus additional activities include outdoor laser quest, abseiling and mountain biking. Up to date quote provided on request.
Car Treasure Hunt: We have a treasure hunt in the local area which takes approximately 2 hours and includes drives along the lovely back roads taking in the local scenery. Own cars are required. Up to date quote provided on request..
Cocktail Making: We can arrange for a Master class in cocktail making with all guests able to have a go at making their own cocktails. Exclusive-Use parties only. Up to date quote provided on request.
Culinary Challenge: This is a fun activity and is ideal for large groups. The group is split into different teams and then each team tries the following challenges: The Egg Whisk Challenge, The Omelette Challenge, Sensory Touch and Taste, Sushi Making and Food Quiz – What am I? Exclusive-Use parties only. Up to date quote provided on request.
Tank Driving: One hour from the castle, you can drive tanks, amphibious vehicles and four wheel drive jeeps across a challenging course. Advance booking is required. Up to date quote provided on request.
Distillery Tour: Near the tank driving, visitors can tour the 'Bladnoch' Distillery and sample the unique flavour of one of only two lowland malt whiskies. Further samples can be purchased in the shop!
Rock and Ice Climbing: This can be arranged with an experienced and qualified mountaineer.
Whisky Experience: We can arrange visits to the Whisky experience in Kirkoswald where you can discover some of the finest and rarest Single Malt Scotch Whiskies. As well arranging Private Whisky tastings at the castle.
Mountain Boarding, Mountain Balling, and Grass Sledging: We can arrange the above exciting activities about an hour from the castle.
Whithorn Dig: Visit the archaeological excavation of the site where the first Christians to land on mainland UK settled.