Perthshire, Highlands & Islands of Scotland, United Kingdom
At a Glance
Scotland's most iconic hotel situated on a vast Perthshire estate
Wonderful option for families and couples
World-class dining matched by stellar service
Wide range of outdoor activities from falconry to off-road safaris
Fantastic option for golfers with three championship courses
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It is very difficult to predict the weather in the United Kingdom - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but the UK does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.
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Think Gleneagles and golf instantly comes to mind, but a stay at Gleneagles is about far more than that. It is a luxury bolthole surrounded by an adventure playground: rolling glens and the fresh Scottish air just waiting to be explored and breathed in.
Built in 1924 by the Caledonian Railway as a 'Palace of the Glens', Gleneagles aimed to attract affluent visitors to explore the stunning rolling hills of Perthshire. It quickly became known for golf, and three championship courses were established. The PGA Centenary Course played host to the Ryder Cup in 2014, and is possibly the best moorland course in the world. With a golf academy - Gleneagles is a mecca for the avid golf enthusiast. Overlooked by the Trossachs and Ben Vorlich, golf at Gleneagles is simply second to none.
But Gleneagles is absolutely not just about golf, it offers boundless activities for couples or families within its 850 acres. From fishing, falconry, cycling, walking, off-road driving and riding - Gleneagles is very much an adventure playground of the highest order. It is a place to get out and about before returning to the hotel at night to dine at world-class restaurants (Gleneagles has Scotland's only 2-Michelin star restaurant, Andrew Fairlie - do ensure you book early!), pamper yourself in the ESPA spa, and retreat to their luxurious accommodation.
Gleneagles has 232 rooms, and all are individually decorated - choose your own style from traditional to modern. With excellent use of dark woods, and lightly colored tartan throws, Gleneagles remains elegant, yet utterly kitted out to the expectations of those who love a sense of luxury, panache and tradition.
For families, Gleneagles comes into its own. As well as the range of fantastic experiences that all children will enjoy such as training a gun dog to dabbling their hands at falconry, Gleneagles offers structured programs from infants to teenagers.
Apart from golfers (and there are lots), its a surprisingly democratic guest list from anniversary couples to girlie weekend spa-breaks, three-generation families to empty-nesters. A chunk of Americans plus assorted celebs, including Iain Banks and Ronan Keating, added to the mix.
Mid-way between Perth and Stirling, on the A9, an hours drive from both Edinburgh and Glasgow, the hotel is set in 850 acres of Perthshire countryside. To add to its exclusivity, it has its own railway station.
The grand, French-chateau style exterior - all windows, stone balustrades and chimney pots - reveals a refreshingly unintimidating interior, albeit a sometimes confusing warren of carpeted corridors and glass double doors. Classic and comfortable - if occasionally bland - rather than pompous and starchy, it retains Art Deco features from its 1924 origins as a high society hotel yet successfully mixes these with the lighter, fresher Spa and Braid House bedroom wing.
Country-house-hotel immaculate yet friendly, from the kilted doormen who will commiserate over a poor golf round - there's three championship golf courses - to the bar staff who will direct you to the nicest view.
Cool and understated, rather than country-house swagged and over-stuffed, and with a nod to Art Deco styling, even the smallest Classic, inner-facing rooms are spacious with comfy sofas, plump cushions and airy, white-tiled bathrooms. Colors are muted and heathery in the old part while the newer Braid House rooms are shinier and slicker with balconies overlooking the Ochil hills. Suites range from the more traditional, mini-apartment-sized Whisky suites to the fourth-floor, crisply contemporary Spirit Suites, some with sunken baths and roof terrace. There's also a super-slick, Asian-inspired ESPA Spa - with consultant naturopath - with a rather dated-looking pool complex (though but the outdoor hot pool is delicious on chilly Scottish nights.
Food and drink
This is cruise-ship eating. Virtually every whim and fancy, any time of day or night, is catered for. Breakfasts are gastronomic, from Arbroath smoked haddock to an omelette station via waffles and pancakes. Evening choices range from darkly glamorous, two-Michelin-starred eating in Andrew Fairlies eponymous restaurant to swanky French-Scottish dining in the Strathearn, while at the more informal, Mediterranean-style all-day Deseo (good for children) you can customize your own fish, steak or pizza dish. To fill in the gaps, there are sumptuous afternoon teas, home-made cakes in Braids Coffee Lounge or classic bar food in the Dormy Clubhouse. Bring a fat wallet: pizzas start at 12.00; Andrew Fairlies at 85 a head.
Value for money
This is top-dollar, AA five red stars. It doesnt get any higher. So, yes, its pricey, but youre never short-changed. From 225 b&b (Winter Warmer rate, available November-March).
Free cots or extra beds for children under five; 50 for children six to 14; plus interconnecting rooms. Theres also a well-stocked, supervised Playroom and funky, gadget-stuffed Kids Zone.
A Round of Golf at Gleneagles
With three championship golf courses, Scotland’s PGA National Golf Academy, and a member of Great Golf Resorts of the World – golf is at the very heart of Gleneagles.
Clay Pigeon shooting
Whether you are a novice or a crack shot, a morning or afternoon spent clay pigeon shooting at the world-famous Gleneagles Shooting School is an exhilarating pursuit that can safely be enjoyed by anyone over the age of eight years old upwards.
Culloden is an evocative place. The site of the last battle on British soil, and the last stand of an ancient royal dynasty whose lineage went back to the Dark Age Kingdom of Dalriada, a visit to Culloden battlefield is a must for keen historians.
Dominating Scotland's capital city from its elevated position, Edinburgh Castle has had a history as diverse as its previous inhabitants.
Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan is recognised around the world as one of the most iconic images of Scotland, situated amongst a striking landscape on an island where three great lochs meet. The entirety of the castle and a visitor center can be explored at your leisure.
Explore the Cairngorms
Discover the Cairngorms National Park with your knowledgeable guide, exploring by canoe and mountain bike. Make your way across one of the park's most beautiful lochs before continuing by bike on the other side towards a barbecue lunch.
Falconry at Gleneagles
Guests of Gleneagles have the unique opportunity of learning the Sport of Kings at one of the world's most acclaimed falconry schools. Whether you are a complete beginner or would like to perfect your technique, you will find falconry utterly absorbing.
Fishing the River Spey
Enjoy some of the finest salmon fishing in the world along Tulchan Water on the River Spey. Whether you're a novice or a highly experienced angler, the experienced ghillies will ensure that you get the most from your day on the river.
Glencoe is Scotland’s most famous glen, and its dramatic scenery has been the backdrop to an equally dramatic history. Glencoe today remains irresistible to climbers and walkers keen to explore this magical and mysterious place.
The fun and spectacle of a Highland Games, one of Scotland's most quintessential experiences, makes a wonderful day out and offers a great chance to meet the locals. Events like tossing the caber, tug of war and highland dancing are bound to enthral you.
The Jacobite Steam Train runs between Fort William and Mallaig on the wonderfully scenic West Highland railway line, famed for its iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct which may seem familiar as it is on the way to Hogwarts in three of the Harry Potter films.
Isle of Mull
The Isle of Mull is the second largest of the Hebrides, an archipelago off the west coast of Scotland and is a paradise for those who love the great outdoors.
Isle of Skye
The Isle of Skye is derived from the old Norse sky-a which translates to "cloud island", so called because of its often mist-cloaked hills.
Make your own tartan
This is an exciting and exclusive opportunity to design your own family tartan- the hallmark of any Scottish family. You'll be guided through the process of having your very own exclusive tartan identity as well as creating the story behind your design.
Private Highland Safari
You will be picked up from your hotel and taken on a tailored safari with your Safari Ranger in a 4x4. This Safari will inspire you with an insight into this magnificent natural wilderness and you will stop for a delicious picnic lunch too.
Private Tour of a Whisky Distillery with a Master Distiller
Join a master distiller and learn the secrets of the finest whiskies in the world before sampling the golden nectar afterwards. We can arrange exclusive visits to legendary distilleries such as Dalmore, Glenlivet, Laphroaig and Macallan.
Red Deer Photo Stalking
Experience the wonder of Scotland's Highland wilderness as you get up close to Britain’s largest and most magnificent land mammal, the red deer, in the company of an experienced stalker.
Salmon Fishing on the Tay
The River Tay is one of the most productive salmon rivers in Scotland, and spending a day on the river in the company of one of Scotland's best private fishing guides is a memorable and poetic experience.
St Andrews is known by many worldwide as the "home of golf" and the most frequent venue for The Open Championship but it is also a beautiful and historic coastal town and home to the oldest university in Scotland.
Stirling Castle & the Trossachs
Stirling Castle is one of the most important castles in Scotland’s history. It has witnessed the
crowning of many Scottish Kings and Queens, and the earliest parts of the building date back as far as the 15th and 16th centuries.
Gleneagles, London and The Cotswolds for Families
Scotland, London, The Cotswolds
from $7200 pp 10 nights
- Ideal family itinerary with a range of experiences and activities
- Private, exclusive guide in London and Edinburgh an bespoke itinerary designed around your interests
- Stay at the world-famous Gleneagles hotel, host of the 2014 Ryder Cup.
Grand Tour of the British Isles
London, Cotswolds, Wales, Kerry, Clare, Dublin, Gleneagles & Edinburgh
from $11400 pp 16 nights
- Take in the absolute highlights of the British Isles
- You will be accompanied by a private driver-guide for the entire duration
- Pampering experience staying at some of the most characterful and stylish hotels
Scotland for Families
Gleneagles, Isle of Eriska & Edinburgh
from $4100 pp 7 nights
- Ideal for families with children aged 6 and up
- Visit the rolling glens of Perthshire and a stay at Gleneagles with lots of activities to choose from
- Learn to sea kayak
Scotland in Ultimate Luxury
Edinburgh, Belmond Royal Scotsman, Gleneagles
from $8300 pp 7 nights
- Enjoy the gorgeous scenery of the Highlands & Islands in serious style
- Let yourself be pampered on one of the world's finest luxury trains, the Belmond Royal Scotsman
- Dine in michelin-starred restaurants in Scotland's finest hotels