Cultures, Castles and Music
Robert Burns Museum
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum is within an hour of Glenapp and whether it’s a privately curated tour of the museum, dinner in the Bard’s original home, or occasionally, with special permission, listening to a musician playing the original Robert Burns‘ fiddle, this is a great local experience.
This Scottish national treasure with its original art and antiques was rescued by Prince Charles and his Trust. Visitors from around the world marvel at the history of this extraordinary Scottish home, where, once again, personal curated tours can be arranged.
Full of Armoury and heraldic artefacts, this 15th century castle is also home to The Eisenhower apartment, an enduring gift to General Eisenhower for his wartime efforts. Permission has been given for the hire of this apartment with a Glenapp chef providing lunch or dinner there for guests.
For those who enjoy touring Scotland’s castles and to understand their origins, visit this ninth century castle. The owners of Lochnaw are the perfect hosts and guides and will provide a stunning lunch or dinner as part of your experience, which could also include fishing on their prized loch.
Wonderous lochs, a magnificent castle and history dating back to the battle of Culloden.
A relatively new Distillery an hour from Glenapp in the beautiful Dumfries and Galloway region.
Lochranza, Ardbeg and Laphroig distillieries
Scotland is famous for its whisky distilleries, many of which date back centuries. Today, a number have their own restaurants and visitor centres. For example, Lochranza on the Isle of Arran can be reached in less than 90 minutes by boat, or we can provide transfers to the many land based distilleries such as Bladnoch. For the more adventurous, the famous Ardbeg and Laphroaig distilleries are a little less than 2 hours by boat or 30 minutes by helicopter.
Glenapp Castle, with its Victorian ambience and magnificent rooms, plays host weekly to afternoon tea and grand piano evenings. For special celebrations and parties, guests in the Drawing Room at Glenapp are able to enjoy occasional opera singers, Celtic singers, Ceilidh bands, Clarsach and even string quartets. We are fortunate in having a variety of extraordinary local talents who create music in a truly memorable Scottish style. Bagpipers feature often in the life of the castle and on occasions, a huge group of musicians and bandsmen will enact the beating of the retreat on the lawn of the castle.