A glamorous Christmas in a Scottish Castle

If you are looking for a Christmas celebration this year which is one of a kind, look no further. Head for Glennap Castle in snowy Scotland and live it up. Extraordinary activities like falconry shows and gourmet meals await. Start saving up already, because it doesn’t come cheap. Who cares?

Glenapp Castle is a 17 bedroom Relais & Chateaux hotel, tucked away on the breath-taking Ayrshire coast. The castle sits proudly in its landscape and comes complete with fairy-tale turrets and crenellations. Guests find themselves getting lost within the castle’s 36-acre estate, or escaping to the majestic Scottish countryside for long walks and beautiful views of renowned Ailsa Craig and Northern Ireland. With open fires in almost every room, it is the perfect hideaway from winter.


This Christmas, they have a special three-night stay which includes falconry displays, stargazing, horse and carriage rides, clay pigeon shooting, archery, a Christmas treasure hunt for everyone to enjoy plus of course whiskies and Father Christmas.


To get guests settled and Christmas ready, an amazing six-course gourmet dinner is served on Christmas Eve by Executive Chef David Alexander, and afterwards perhaps a nightcap in the library before the Glenapp piper sends guests off to bed in true Scottish style to wait for Father Christmas.


Christmas Day at Glenapp is never quiet – a full Scottish Christmas breakfast awaits to fill stomachs for a fun filled festive day. The local Ballantrae church hosts their annual Christmas service for those that fancy or the huge Christmas tree is the perfect place to gather round and open presents. Throughout the afternoon, various activities take place including a beautiful falcon display then guests are invited to a Champagne reception prior to a fabulous festive four-course Christmas lunch.  Later on, an evening buffet and the castle’s Scottish ceilidh band in the drawing room will keep everyone entertained from the young to the not so young!  Night-caps will be served before bedtime just to top off a fantastic day.


Fun doesn’t stop there – Boxing Day sees lots more food and many activities on site including which Clay pigeon shooting, archery and treasure hunts which are all available on a complimentary basis as part of the Christmas programme.




For those wanting to carry on the celebrations New Year’s Eve at Glenapp Castle is something not to miss. A three-night stay offering you luxurious accommodation, Scottish dancing, pipers, ceilidhs, fine dining, black ties, banquets, drams and an ice curling competition!


The black-tie Hogmanay party begins with a champagne cocktail in the drawing room, accompanied by bagpiper Liam Rogers who will pipe all guests into the six-course Hogmanay banquet dinner. Glenapp has an enviable reputation for its cuisine and this night will be the culinary highlight of the festive season. Following this, it is then time for traditional Scottish dancing with a ceilidh band with beginners to old hands, as New Year’s momentum builds. A ‘dram’ at midnight as the piper brings in the bells Glenapp style, whilst friends and family join together for Auld Lang Syne.


Glenapp is offering a full three-night extravaganza for New Year and full details can be found here – https://www.glenappcastle.com/christmas-and-new-year/newyear-2017/

  • Stay at Glenapp Castle for the three-night New Year getaway in a Garden View Suite from £2,250 per room and includes all activities and full-board of breakfast, lunch and dinner






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