The ultimate nature prescription – woodland wellness at Glenapp Castle

Yearning for the great outdoors? Rediscover your connection with nature at Glenapp Castle

Tucked away beside the Ayrshire coast lies 110 acres of woodland estate.

Home to an abundance of magnificent trees, including neck-achingly tall giant redwoods and some of the tallest known trees in Britain, the dense woodland is a forest bathers’ dream.

The estate is that of Glenapp Castle, whose beautiful walled gardens were designed by famous horticulturist Gertrude Jekyll.

Steeped in natural history and with clean, fresh air sweeping in from the Firth of Clyde, the estate and luxurious 5-star Relais & Chateaux hotel feel like a wellness retreat.

Its guests eat better, sleep better and, ultimately, feel better. And the hotel doesn’t even have a spa. Yet. 

As well as a base to relax and de-stress, Glenapp offers more than 65 different experiences and activities for people to explore and enjoy the great outdoors and local, seasonal produce.

For the first time this Autumn-Winter, the venue hosted a Woodland Wellness retreat in partnership with Barbara Griffin of Transform Body + Mind.

The bespoke retreat was expertly designed to help guests get close to nature and enjoy a life-changing experience before the busy festive period.

This first foray into wellness retreats follows hot on the heels of a new suite of healthy activities at Glenapp, which include yoga, a digital detox programme and forest bathing.

‘’Visiting Glenapp is like visiting another world,” says fitness and life coach Barbara, who has hosted a string of life-affirming retreats in the Canary Islands.

“It’s not a million miles away, yet it feels like it is.

“Our retreat, which combined meditation and mindfulness workshops, active sessions and nutrition within the calming surroundings of Glenapp, has been the perfect antidote to 18 months of restrictions which, for many, have caused uncertainty and anxiety.”

Over three days between November 26 and 28, retreat guests experienced a full schedule of body and mind coaching, incorporating walking, running, yoga, Pilates and more – all individually tailored and with special meals prepared in partnership between Barbara and resident executive chef Joe Gould.

When you add to this the comfort of bedrooms fit for Royalty, with elegant baths and stunning sea views and the famous volcanic outcrop of Ailsa Craig, we can’t think of a better place to relax, re-energise and kick-start the festive season!

We’re sure the retreat will be the first of many.

Find out more about what’s on at Glenapp here.

PS The spa is earmarked for 2023!

Read our feature on Glenapp Castle in our Autumn/Winter magazine

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