Exploring by Boat

Off the beaten track

Your opportunity to visit places that others may never see


Boat trips in Scotland

The clear waters off the Ayrshire coast are teeming with marine life from thirty foot long basking sharks, dolphins, minke whales, and seals to a vast array of sea birds. The isles across the Firth of Clyde and beyond offer a real chance to experience what makes Scotland so special: from their famous whisky distilleries to the unspoilt and almost undiscovered beaches and golf courses.

Your exclusive charter

The hotel’s boat, The Glenapp Castle, is available to allow you to explore this stunning and sometimes remote world. Whether you are an ornithologist, naturalist or just keen to discover new perspectives, we can create a trip you won’t forget. Take a picnic lunch on Ailsa Craig, the iconic volcanic outcrop from which Scotland’s famous curling stones were quarried. Continue on to discover Isle of Arran, a place with all the beauty of Scotland in miniature.

We have also created our own ‘Route de Bonheur par la mer’ taking in other Relais & Chateaux hotels along the west coast of Scotland. Our all-weather vessel, fully crewed, will guide you on your travels with all the traditional Glenapp service and attention to detail. 

Contact us at Glenapp for more information on 01465 831 212.

Boat trips from Glenapp Castle

  • La Route du Bonheur par la mer

    Glenapp Castle begins the route north connecting six beautiful Relais and Châteux hotels here in Scotland. We are able to offer passage by sea to the Airds Hotel in Port Appin and the Isle of Eriska Hotel near Oban.

    Take the whole day to get the most from this adventurous transfer, you will see remote uninhabited islands or you might visit one of the whisky distilleries on the Isle of Islay, perhaps you would enjoy a beautiful lunch at the boathouse restaurant on the Isle of Gigha.

    Or, take a more leisurely journey and enjoy a picnic hamper on a remote uninhabited island, or visit one of the famous whisky distilleries on the Isle of Islay. Feel free to create your own itinerary.

    Contact us at Glenapp for more information on 01465 831 212

  • Ailsa Craig picnic by boat

    Ailsa Craig, the iconic volcanic plug sitting of the Ayrshire coast is perhaps known best by golf enthusiasts as the backdrop to the many Open championships held at Troon, Prestwick and Turnberry. More locally it is known as the source of the Scottish curling stones that were quarried there for many years.

    The rock is now a wildlife sanctuary, home to over 40,000 sea birds, including puffins, guillemots, gannets and razorbills and the summit, at a height of 1,100 feet the summit offers unbelievable panoramic views.

    To experience this magical island book the Glenapp Castle boat to take to Ailsa Craig with a freshly prepared picnic lunch

    Contact us at Glenapp for more information on 01465 831 212.

  • Fishing trips

    "The Glenapp Castle" is a fast 11-metre rib with covered seating for ten including a range of hydraulic suspension seating, on board kitchen, and WC facilities. The vessel allows for both long and short range trips in comfort is available for charter and is fully crewed and equipped for most types of sea fishing. The cost for charter per day is £1000 plus VAT.

    Our usual skipper, Roddy is a well-known for his knowledge and love of the sea and islands of the west coast of Scotland. He will guide you to the prime locations for fishing the local waters.

    Charter is open to guests and non-residents alike. Just call us on 01465 831212 or email info@glenappcastle.com to book.


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