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Glenapp Castle

  • Licensed: License held for several rooms in the castle and the castle gardens. Glenapp Church, a beautiful Victorian church on the estate is around 5 miles from the castle.
  • Capacity for wedding ceremonies and receptions:
    Minimum - Bride & Groom
    Maximum - 40 guests
  • Operated by: McMillan Hotels
  • Accommodation: 17 double/twin luxury ensuite rooms
  • Photo Opportunities: In the castle’s grand reception areas, within the castle’s 36 acres and at Glenapp Church (5 miles away)
  • Parking: Ample free parking available at the hotel
  • Local Registrar: Girvan
  • Wedding Packages available: Designed around each individual couple.

About Glenapp Castle

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There can be no more magnificent setting for your wedding celebrations than this spectacular fairytale castle, set high on a hill looking out across the Irish Sea to the Isle of Arran, the Mull of Kintyre and the magical Ailsa Craig – The Fairy Rock.

The castle became a member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux Association in 2002 and has Five Red Stars and Three Rosettes from the AA, Five Gold Stars from VisitScotland, an EatScotland Gold Award and a score of 6 in the Good Food Guide. The castle is therefore recognised as one of Scotland's finest country house hotels.

The 36 acres of glorious gardens and woodland provide a wonderful back drop for activities such as clay pigeon shooting, falconry, croquet or tennis. Located on our doorstep, the unspoiled South Ayrshire and Galloway coastline provides guests with many exciting days of exploration.

There are graceful lounges and elegant dining rooms with seemingly endless oak panelled hallways leading to 17 individually furnished and decorated bedrooms and suites. There are two ‘Master Rooms’ that seem palatial in size and three suites with interconnecting living room areas. All of the castle’s rooms have luxurious en suite facilities, wireless broadband internet (T-mobile Hot Spot), televisions, DVD & CD players. With many bedrooms also having coal effect gas fires, and superb views of the gardens and coastline.

For your wedding breakfast, we serve a five course gourmet menu, expertly prepared by our chefs utilising the best fresh and seasonal local ingredients, including fruit, vegetables and herbs from the castle gardens. Other dining options are available for additional nights such as a buffet or themed Scottish dinner.

Glenapp is open from March to December each year and throughout this time is available for exclusive use, when it becomes a wildly romantic setting for weddings and family parties, a relaxing retreat and a bespoke venue for entertaining. Prices for weddings are quoted individually.

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Contact details:

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  • Tel: 01465831212
  • Fax: 01465831000
  • Contact: Fay & Graham Cowan
  • Address: Glenapp Castle, Ballantrae, Ayrshire, KA26 0NZ
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glenapp castle with 1954 riley   Glenapp Castle entrance hall

earl of Inchcape master bedroom   ailsa craig suite

glenapp castle drawing room   colquhoun dining room

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Godfrey & Rebecca's Wedding - 9th June 2010

If you are looking for a magical fairytale venue for your wedding then I guarantee that you will be hard pushed to find somewhere better than Glenapp Castle in South Ayrshire. A privately run hotel with 14 bedrooms the castle itself is straight out of a storybook and the extensive gardens which include a large azalea pond are stunning. The staff and service are 5 star and if you have the exclusive use option which we did then they tailor your day to your exact requirements. For us this meant we could have some clay pigeon shooting in the morning followed by an interactive falconry display during our champagne reception.

Following an award winning 5 course dinner the eveing ended with a superb firework show. The transport to/from the venue was arranged by the castle and they have their own florist so all the flowers were exactly what we had asked for. Although we had our ceremony at Glenapp church there are lots of options including the castle itself and the grounds -! weather dependent of course. All in all we had a truly wonderful day that ran pretty much like clockwork and all our guests were completely bowled over by the venue. Did we mention we had kept it a secret?


Wedding Details

  • Ceremony venue: Glenapp Church
  • Reception venue: Glenapp Castle
  • Number of day guests: 7
  • Venue support rating: 5 star
  • Overall venue rating: 5 stars