Ballantrae is located in the South Ayrshire between Girvan and Stranraer in Scotland is best known as the fictional setting of the famous The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Ballantrae has a small harbour with stone flagged hammocks. The little harbour was the starting point for the steamers of Stranraer and Glasgow, but later this harbour became a point for leisure and fishing activity.

Local Sights & Activities for Ballantrae


There are several ancient churches in Ballantrae that date back to 1600’s (local church website). By the end of 19th century a new church was also constructed here. The place has impressive natural surroundings with a natural reserve at the mouth of River Stinchar (see Ayrshire River Trust for more details), which for ornithologists boasts many different types of Tern breeds. The river itself used to be well known for the size of salmon caught on the rod (a 62lb in 1898).

Castles Nearby

Ardstinchar Castle

Little survive to view of this 1450 Kennedy castle, only part of the keep some foundations. The castle was demolished in 1770 and the stone used to build a bridge.

Craigneil Castle

Standing on rocky outcrop in highly defensible position, there is much history associated with the place that is probably inaccurate


Bardrochat is a substantial country house standing high on a hill overlooking 
the Ayrshire village of Colmonell, not far from Ballantrae. The house 
commands impressive views of rolling hills, wooded copses and the sudden 
inclines of ancient settlements, giving way to the open sea around the stubborn symmetry of Ailsa Craig.

Ballantrae Hotels & Accommodation

Accommodation & Hotels In Ballantrae:

Most of the local accommodation is self-catering (see below) but there is the Glenapp Castle Hotel (5 star castle hotel)(see our page on it with booking) (hotel website) Telephone: 0044 1465 831212.

Self Catering Cottages in Ballantrae

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