Ailsa Craig close up

Ailsa Craig is a magnificent island, with cliffs in part almost vertical, close to 1100 feet high. Known as a sixty million year old volcanic plug, it towers above the seascape and is home to puffins and almost 40,000 pairs of guillemots during the season. A lesser known fact is that the granite once quarried on this island still provides the highest quality of granite for curling stones used by Olympians throughout the world. Ailsa Craig is 30 minutes by boat and, with its own 15th century castle ruin, makes a quite idyllic landing sport for exploration, picnics and seal and bird watching.

Private chef on board

As part of a variety of unique castle experiences, one of our Glenapp chefs will join you aboard the Glenapp Castle boat and, after you have caught pollock, mackeral or coley, they will create the most spectacular on-board dish for your delight.

Castle experiences by boat

Around the shores of Ayrshire are many castle ruins and active castle homes. View Culzean Castle and its cliff top dominance 25 minutes north of Glenapp or, deeper into the Hebridean islands, view the iconic castle facing the Isle of Mull, where the movie "Entrapment" was filmed.


Glenapp guests are able to enjoy a personal massage at the Castle. Guests also have access to a nearby coastal spa only 10 minutes from the castle. Overlooking the sea, the spa offers a swimming pool and full array of spa treatments.

Distillery tour

Complement a luxurious stay at Glenapp Castle Hotel, where you can enjoy some of Scotland’s finest cuisine, with a boat adventure to the Ardbeg Whisky Distillery on the Isle of Islay.

Helicopter to a variety of Hebridean Island distilleries

Glenapp has a secure helicopter landing site two minutes from the front door of the castle, with endless unique destinations in a 100 mile radius.

Machrihanish Golf Course by boat

With its tee off across the Atlantic, the first drive on the Machrihanish Golf Course has sometimes been described as being designed by the “Finger of God”. Arguably one of the most beautiful settings for golf in the world, this remote golf course at the end of the Mull of Kintyre might take five hours of driving from Glasgow and yet is only an hour by boat from Glenapp.

Home to Glenapp

After a wonderful day of fresh air, exercise, and inspiration, head back to Glenapp to experience the most exquisite cuisine


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