THE LUXURY AYRSHIRE EXPERIENCE (3 NIGHTS)
The splendour of a magnificent Scottish Baronial style castle tucked away in the lush surroundings of Ayrshire - home of Scotland’s bard, Rabbie Burns - will make this luxury experience one to remember. Your personal touring chauffeur will meet you in Glasgow and, in the comfort of your luxury saloon, you’ll head for the coasts of Ayrshire where you'll check-in to Glenapp Castle,
your home for the next three nights. Over the course of your stay, you'll have the opportunity to tour the surrounding areas and also enjoy some of the luxury experiences Glenapp has on offer. From bee-keeping, to perfume making, to forest bathing, Glenapp has an array of unique experience to make your stay here highly memorable.
"Our whole trip was beyond proper description, but our chauffeur Adrian set the tone when we first saw him at Edinburgh Airport holding the sign with our name on it, with a welcoming smile and a warm personality. He has greatly added to my memories… and my goal to 'live a great story'."
Upon arrival at Glasgow Airport or train station, you will be met by your own private chauffeur and escorted to your pristinely presented chauffeur driven hybrid saloon. Soon you will leave the city behind and, in less than 30 minutes, the sea and Ayrshire coast will appear on the horizon, setting the scene for a memorable four days in Scotland. Depending upon your schedule, it would be remiss of any visitor to Ayrshire not to connect with the legacy of Robert Burns, Scotland’s Bard, who was born in the village of Alloway, just to the south of Ayr. From here, the road hugs the coastline and gently winds its way south towards Ballantrae, and the luxurious splendour of Glenapp Castle, your home for the next three nights.
Having had the opportunity to browse the tempting selection of activities available at the castle - perhaps via the hotel's rather excellent app - and having then confirmed arrangements upon arrival, your chauffeur will be available this morning for an off-property excursion while your activity preparations are put in place, allowing you to become acquainted with this secret corner of Scotland. Close by is Castle Kennedy Gardens with a range of flora and fauna rarely found elsewhere in Scotland on account of the influence of the Gulf Stream and the fact that the sea bounds the gardens on two sides. Upon returning to Glenapp for lunch, the afternoon can then be filled with one of the Glenapp’s magical and memorable experiences, which range from beekeeping, to quoits, to perfume making and forest bathing!
With a vast array of activities available at Glenapp, today will be reserved for the experience of a lifetime. By far the most unique experience would be a full day of sea eagle fishing for all the family. The day would begin with you becoming acquainted with this most majestic bird of prey before embarking the hotel’s private rib for your coastal adventure. Whilst aboard, you will have an opportunity to see firsthand the power and agility of an African Sea Eagle as it flies and dives between the cliffs of Culzean Castle and the vessel, reaping the food rewards from the water lapping the hull. Iconic Ailsa Craig will provide the opportunity for a picnic at sea and spectacular bird-watching before you return to dry land and the tranquillity of the castle.
Although this may be the last day of your short break, you will still have the opportunity to make the most of the hotel's activities before your chauffeur appears at the hotel in the early afternoon and returns you to Glasgow for your plane or train home.
ABOUT OUR TOURING CHAUFFEURS
What better way to tour Scotland than with your own private chauffeur guide at the wheel of a luxury car? From the moment you arrive at the airport or train station, you will be cosseted in the kid-gloved hands of your very own touring chauffeur. Your bags will be loaded and unloaded at each hotel and personal introductions will help ease you into each property when you first arrive. Your safety is of utmost importance to us and you can rest assured that your car will be prepared each day, just as your hotel room will be cleaned and
refreshed, ensuring that your Luxury Scotland experience is exactly what you, the discerning traveller, expects. As you pass through the glorious countryside visiting castles and historical landmarks, the country will open up in front of you in a way that can only happen when someone else is doing the driving. What's more, you can relax each time you visit a distillery in the full knowledge that driving is not something you will need to worry about on the other side!
Can I change elements of the itinerary?
Of course, the very essence of a chauffeur driven tour is flexibility so we can tailor the experience to accommodate your own needs. Let us know your thoughts and we can adapt any trip as required or create something completely bespoke.
How many people are included in this package?
The starting point for the tour creation has been for them to involve two people sharing a room and one of our chauffeur driven cars, but that should not be seen as a limitation or restriction. Hotel pricing can be based on single occupancy and if more than one room is required then we can provide you with full costings. Prices for the chauffeur driven car will always be based on a price per vehicle not per person. Our luxurious Mercedes V-Class people carriers can carry up to 6 or 7 people and are ideal for families, and again the cost is per vehicle, not per person. Contact us for more information.
What are the terms and conditions?
As each trip is individually tailored, each will have its own terms and conditions. Luxury Scotland properties are mainly privately owned and each has its own set of guest terms and conditions. When you are ready to confirm a booking of both your hotels and chauffeur driven car, all the terms will be carefully outlined for each property. We would always recommend ensuring you have a robust and up to date personal travel insurance policy in place for any trip you take.
When is this experience available from?
As soon as the restrictions on non-essential travel, and any variation to these guidelines issued by the Government, are lifted we would anticipate being able to offer these, subject to availability.
What are the costs involved?
The cost for each trip will vary depending upon hotel availability, car type and the length of the trip. Prices for the Castle Retreat experience start from £2,900 based on two people on a room only basis, with arrival and departure transfers and time with your touring chauffeur conducting local sightseeing. Contact us for more information.