Sports On Site
The croquet lawn at Glenapp is beautifully manicured and holds multi-generational croquet tournaments which can be surprisingly competitive.
It is fascinating how games of all types can bring out the best and worst in people, as their competitive side emerges, even in the midst of a relaxing holiday. Quoits will be no exception.
This addictive, French inspired game will captivate and challenge your composure and accuracy.
The lake and lawns of Glenapp provide a stunning vista for small and large firework displays which can be choreographed to your own design.
Glenapp is on the very edge of the dark skies national park, one of only a few in the world. The brilliance and clarity of the stars and constellations are truly amazing. Whether with our local dark sky rangers providing explanations and insights, or simply on your own, enjoy the breathtaking night skies at Glenapp. The dark skies national observatory will also provide a memorable night of wonder.
Mountain bikes from Glenapp will provide an opportunity to explore coastal paths and forest trails with terrains to suit all abilities.
The Glenapp trained archery instructors have all the equipment on site to test your capabilities here in the woods of Glenapp.
Clay Pigeon Shooting
For groups and on a private exclusive hire basis, a team of instructors and guns are available at Glenapp. For solo or smaller parties, Clay Pigeon shooting can also be arranged locally.
Jogging and Hiking
Whether following the marked trails throughout the Glenapp estate or adventuring along the coastal paths, there are beautiful, pure air opportunities for both the casual and serious runner. For hikers, whether a three or four mile ramble or a 20 mile adventure, Glenapp Castle is surrounded by forest, sea and hills that are truly breath-taking.
Deerstalking and Photography
With a professional tracker, follow the trail of stags and deer through the forest and glens, and capture on film the beauty of these silent forest dwellers.
For exclusive hire bookings, an entire highland games competition can be arranged. From tossing the caber to tug of war, an epic battle can ensue, organised for private parties or corporates.
The Pinetum and Arboretum
In centuries gone by, the aristocrats and industrialists who owned Glenapp Castle traded with the world. They would often bring back trees and plants from distant lands. Today we describe the Glen, only metres from the front doorstep, as a “Raiders of the Lost Ark” adventure, a place to walk and play amongst rivers, bridges, ravines and the tallest fir trees in Britain.
On a regular basis, Glenapp is host to a whole range of raptors, from tiny pairs of owls, to huge eagles and nimble hawks. We regularly provide 90 minute experiences on the lawn in front of the castle where birds of prey will soar high above the estate before swooping down onto your leather gloved hand to retrieve a tasty morsel. On occasions, with your family gathered around our lake, an eagle will dive vertically before submerging and re-emerging clasping a fish in its claws. For the more adventurous, we can take you out on the Glenapp boat with a Fish Eagle who will catch mackerel or pollock before your eyes, or alternatively go hunting through the forest with a hawk.
Horse and Carriage Rides
In our local village, Ballantrae, is a craftsman who has refurbished a whole variety of beautiful carriages. Horse and carriage rides are available from the doorstep of Glenapp with blankets to keep you warm.
The tennis court can sometimes be a suntrap in the Summer months and with a cool coastal breeze, what better way could there be to while away the late afternoon before Pimms on the lawn.