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.
Surrounded by rolling hills on an 850 acre Perthshire estate, 'The Glorious Playground' has a well-earned reputation as Scotland's most iconic hotel.
A wide variety of experiences and restaurants means Gleneagles is a wonderful option for both families and couples alike. Little ones will love the Little Glen kids club while the adults can relax with an indulgent treatment or two at the spa.
The dining is truly world class and matched by stellar service, try a juicy burger at The Dormy or, our favourite, Orkney scallops at the fine dining Stratherm!
Guests will enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities from falconry to off-road safaris, lead by guides who are fanatical about the region and allow you to truly feel like a Lord of the Manor.
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 two-Michelin starred restaurant, Andrew Fairlie), 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 coloured tartan throws, Gleneagles remains elegant, yet utterly kitted out to the expectations of those who love a sense of luxury, style 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 programmes from infants to teenagers.
When to visit
Anyone over the age of 8 can and should participate in gundog experiences. See all the training that the dogs participate in and experience it from yourself.
A privately guided tour of the Royal Lochangar Distillery
Located close to the Balmoral Estate the Royal Lochangar Distillery received its Royal Warrant in 1848 following a visit by Prince Albert, the distillery itself was built in 1826 making it one of the oldest in Scotland.
A Round of Golf at St Andrews
Follow in the footsteps of legends with a round on the world's oldest and most iconic golf course. The Swilcan Bridge and Hell Bunker are recognised globally, but the greatest feature of the Old Course is that it remains open to all.
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 dates to the Dark Age Kingdom of Dalriada, a visit to Culloden battlefield is a must for keen historians.
Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan is recognised around the world as one of the most iconic images of Scotland, situated amid a striking landscape on an island where three great lochs meet. The entirety of the castle and a visitor centre can be explored at your leisure.
Explore the Cairngorms
The Cairngorms is the largest National Park in the United Kingdom and home to a quarter of Scotland's native forest, a third of the UK's land above 600 meters and a quarter of the rare and endangered species in the British Isles.
Falconry at Gleneagles
Guests of Gleneagles have the unique opportunity to learn 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.
Ferret School at Gleneagles
Enjoy a close encounter with Gleneagles’ adorable whiskered ferrets as you learn how to hold and handle your ferrets correctly as well as how to walk your ferret on a harness lead.
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 Guided Walk
Lose yourself amongst the rugged, soaring mountains of Glencoe, their cragged valleys a mottled tapestry of earthy tones and spell bindingly serene beauty that belie its explosive origins and dramatic history.
Guided tour and tasting at Glenturret Distillery
Tour the Glenturret Distillery to discover the intricate process of making whisky and taste the end result paired with locally made fudge.
The fun and spectacle of the 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.
Loch Ness cruise from Fort Augustus
Search for the mythical Loch Ness Monster during a cruise across the impressive loch. Take in the beautiful views as you cruise across the water, before landing at Urquhart Castle and exploring its ancient ruins.
Private Luxury Cruise on Loch Ness
Step aboard a luxury motor cruiser to enjoy an exclusive boat trip along Loch Ness. Your charming local hosts will regale you of stories of the loch and its many mysteries, as well as giving a delightful insight into the local life of Inverness.
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.
The Cairngorms by mountain bike and canoe
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.