Local Islands

Make the most of these wild and historic environments


From an ancient past to an important future

The islands off the west coast of Scotland have been populated since Neolithic times. You can still see the standing stones and cairns they left almost 4,000 years ago on sites such as Machrie Moor on Arran. The islands later became stepping stones to the colonisation of Western Scotland by the Irish and later the Vikings who in turn left their own footprint. Today the islands are an important part of the heritage of Scotland, and the future, maintaining unique cultures as well as an environment in which such a rich variety of wildlife has been able to thrive. The Glenapp Castle boat travels regularly to many of the local islands in and around Ayrshire.

Ailsa Craig

The iconic rock is now a wildlife sanctuary, home to over 40,000 seabirds including puffins, guillemots, gannets, and razorbills.

Arran and the Mull of Kintyre

Take in the sight of an island described as Scotland in miniature, with its own highlands and lowlands and historic sites. Reach some of the more remote golfing outposts off the west coast, including the seven courses on Arran and the spectacular Machrihanish links on the Mull of Kintyre.

Island tours

  • Take a tour of the Ardbeg distillery on the isle of Islay, one of the most important whisky making locations in the whole of Scotland
  • Remote and uninhabited Sanda Island is a real wildlife experience with seals, basking sharks and extravagant birdlife to be seen
  • Sea fishing trips journeying to the isle of Gigha with a beautiful lunch at the renowned Boathouse Restaurant


Our experienced crew are able to take you across to Northern Ireland or to some of the more distant islands and put together an itinerary to suit your particular interests. Call us to let us know what you would want to include. We have even created a route linking Glenapp Castle Hotel to other exclusive Relais & Chateaux hotels at Eriska and Port Appin and along the west coast to create an experience of luxury and adventure.


A truly incredible night time view looking back billions of years into the past

Stargazing at Glenapp

Local Area

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A rich and turbulent history from Romans and Vikings to Scottish clans

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