The Gailes Hotel & Spa

Afternoon Tea Week is on from 8th to 14th August to celebrate the tea, cake and sandwiches tradition. Across the UK hundreds of venues will be offering special afternoon teas and/or money off. So, we got in some early celebrating with an afternoon tea day trip to somewhere near the coast, a short distance from Glasgow by visiting The Gailes Hotel and Spa in Irvine for afternoon tea in Ayrshire.


This was our first visit to the hotel and inside it’s modern and swish. The hotel also won Scotland’s best spa and leisure hotel at the 2022 Prestige Hotel Awards.

The Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea at The Gailes Hotel & Spa is available between 2 pm and 5 pm daily. It costs £26 for two, this includes freshly prepared sandwiches, mini patisserie, scones with jam and whipped cream and tea. You can add a glass of Prosecco for £3 per person and add another friend £13 per person.

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For a budget, non-bank busting, relaxed afternoon tea, The Gailes Hotel and Spa has it sorted. A range of sandwiches – fillings included tuna mayo, cheese and ham; plus we think a haggis bonbon each (Our afternoon tea wasn’t fully explained). It would have been nice to have jam/cream and butter on their own to add ourselves – and maybe a full scone each!

Toilets were clean and tidy with Scottish Fine Soaps Sea Kelp keeping the spa vibe going.


The Gailes Hotel & Spa, Marine Drive Irvine, Ayrshire KA11 5AE

Getting there

The Gailes is around a 40-minute drive from Glasgow and closer to 2 hours by public transport. The fastest route is by taking the Stagecoach X77 bus to Ayr from Buchanan Bus Station and then change at Prestwick airport onto the Stagecoach 585 to Largs (the stop on the other side of the road going north). Alternatively, you can take the Stagecoach 4 to Ayr, which runs through the southside and again change at Prestwick airport onto the 585.

Book Afternoon Tea

Call 01294 204040




I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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