Artistry, Learning & Games

Little Art School at Glenapp

We believe that anyone can paint and draw! Using two bespoke images, talented artists will work and guide you through water colour washes and various painting techniques to transform a blank canvas into the perfect Glenapp memory. Enjoy a couple of hours on the Glenapp Estate working through your masterpiece. Painting boosts our energetic, emotional and spiritual well-being as well as providing us the opportunity to fully express ourselves through art. This is a fantastic way to while away a couple of hours, suitable for absolute beginners and no experience necessary.
£500 for 1-5 guests/£85 per person for 6+ guests

Water Colour Painting at Glenapp

Allan McNally is a local artist, from Galloway, who specialises in the beautiful art form of water colour landscapes. Allan will work with you on your chosen landscape, on or around the Glenapp Estate and will guide and support you every step of the way to create your own personal masterpiece. Allan will show you how to utilise vibrant water colours to create the most breath-taking landscape. This special arts experience is a full day event with a light lunch at Glenapp included.
£500 for 2 guests including a light lunch/£125 per additional guest up to a maximum of 6 guests


Glenapp offers an intimate photography class to help you explore, develop and improve your creativity. Use our tantalising scenery, breath-taking views and exotic plants as a backdrop for the perfect photograph.
Our experienced photographer will guide you through the manual functions of the camera, lens options and compositional techniques, giving you a deeper understanding of digital photography.
1 - 6 guests £200 for a 2 hour photography experience/additional hours charged at £100 per hour

Chess at Glenapp Castle

The game of chess holds a unique fascination. At Glenapp we have created a bespoke board, made from tiles originally from the roof of the stables situated within the Glenapp Castle estate which date back to the Victorian period. The strategic complexities of the game offer lively minds immediate challenge and stimulating exercise.
This is a complimentary Glenapp experience

Glenapp Beekeeping

Glenapp are proud to have their very own apiary nestled within the beautiful estate that surrounds the Castle. Beekeeper John will help guests don headgear and overalls and discuss why beekeeping is a hugely important role within our immediate ecosystem. Guests will learn why production is so important, how to harvest honey and the role of each bee within the colony. Guests will have the opportunity to sample some delicious Glenapp honey during the experience!
£70 per guest


Galloway Forest Park in Scotland is home to one of the UK’s Dark Sky Parks due to the lack of light pollution resulting in amazing clear night skies. Guests at Glenapp Castle are fortunate and can experience the same expansive skies from the comfort of our Victorian walled garden. Come and experience the wonders of the night sky, you will be amazed! On clear nights you could view the Milky Way stretching from one horizon to the other. You might even be lucky enough to spot the mesmerising display of the Northern Lights! Finish this unforgettable night with a luxurious Glenapp "tiddly" hot chocolate.
1 - 8 guests - £350 per experience


Grab a mallet and make your way to the beautifully manicured croquet lawn of Glenapp Castle, unleash your competitive side with a fun game for all the family. A member of the Glenapp team will assist you with the rules and set up. This activity requires a minumum of two guests to play with a maximum of 6 guests at any one time.
This is a complimentary Glenapp experience

French Boules

French Boules is a great way to get everyone together for some friendly competition. May the best player win! The game of boules, otherwise known as pétanque, is perhaps the sport that is closest to French hearts. Traditionally played beneath plane trees this can be enjoyed at Glenapp with glorious views over the iconic Ailsa Craig and beyond.
This is a complimentary Glenapp experience


The traditional game of Quoits has a long and venerable history dating back to ancient Greece. This ancient game is easy to play, in basic terms rope hoops are thrown at the wooden pins to accumulate points, the player with the most points wins!! This can be played by adults and children. Think tactically and try to outsmart your opponent!
This is a complimentary Glenapp experience

Perfume Making

With almost half a century's experience working with bespoke aromatics, our perfume experts deliver the ultimate fragrance experience. With 21 carefully selected scents, which range from natural botanicals to French perfumery we have the perfect materials to create a scent which will evoke memories and emotions to remind you of your unforgettable experience at Glenapp Castle. You will be met by Alison, our Master Perfumer, who will take you on a walk throughout the Glenapp gardens and estate finding aromas from the local fauna and then back indoors to create your personal scent. You will take away your own exclusive 5ml bottle of Eau de parfum Glenapp along with the recipe used to create this perfect perfume.
£650 per experience for 1 - 10 guests

Digital Detox

A digital detox day at Glenapp Castle is not just about switching off your phone, it is about reconnecting with yourself and the natural world. It is about breaking the cycle and looking up at the world and taking in the beauty of it, instead of looking down at your smartphone and scrolling through life. You will walk through the beautiful grounds of Glenapp Castle, out in the fresh air with your smartphone left behind in the Castle. Our instructors will teach you how to utilize this mindfulness into your day to day life and how to restore time for yourself and for your family. Glenapp offers two fantastic detox packages, a family package, and an adult digital detox day.
£450 for 1-4 guests

Forest Bathing

Forest bathing is an evidence-based wellness practice proven to reduce stress and anxiety and support wellbeing through connectivity with nature. Guests will enjoy an experience which will include guided meditation and mindfulness techniques – which helps guests to detach from their busy lives and slow their mind and fully engage with their senses in a pleasurable and relaxing way.Guests will venture deep into the woodland areas of Glenapp estate and be at one with nature away from the buzz of everyday working life.
£320 for 1-4 guests per half day/£80 per additional guest

Terms & Conditions

Each activity is subject to individual terms & conditions - please ask us for details when you make your reservation. All pricing detailed is for 2023.


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