Gleneagles – The Scottish Highlands, Scotland
From its debut in the roaring twenties, where it was likened to the Riviera in the Highlands, Gleneagles Hotel quickly became a Scottish icon. Built as a luxury hotel and sporting estate, it was a firm fixture in the London season, and to this day, its stature and reputation remain legendary. An majestic structure, it grandly sits in 850 acres gardens, golf courses and grounds below the Ochil and Glendevon Hills.
Classy interior design and furniture are reminiscent of its Art Deco origins, exuding an air of sophistication and old fashioned glamour. Guests dine on some of the finest food in Scotland; have the entire estate as their playground, and all the while, are looked after flawlessly by the team of exceptional staff. Whether you come here for relaxation, a celebration, or some serious outdoor pursuits, this is a truly special place to stay.
At A Glance
Why We Love It:As it is the epitome of Scottish luxury. An iconic five star hotel with three golf courses, a spa and the only two Michelin star restaurant in Scotland.
Style:Country sporting estate, rich in heritage.
Location:Located in 850 acres on the edge of the Scottish Highlands.
Rooms:233 unique bedrooms & suites.
Swimming:Two indoor pools (one adult only) & one outdoor pool.
Children:Children will absolutely love it here.
Accessibility:It has excellent accessibility for wheelchair users.
Open From:All year round!
Price:From £600 per room, per night.
With no room or suite the same, each one is gloriously designed and furnished with an original selection of antiques, paintings and locally sourced fabrics, giving them all a boutique feel. And best of all, they all come with a little tuck box full of treats.
With some of the finest dining in Scotland, Gleneagles takes care of every palate. Dress up for dinner in the magnificently decorated Strathearn, where silver service reigns and the food is a delicious mix of French and Scottish influences. And make sure you book a table at Andrew Fairlie – the only restaurant in Scotland with two Michelin stars. There’s a more informal and relaxed style at the Birnam Brasserie, with a menu packed full of Mediterranean classics and the perfect place for brunch.
Comfort food and grills are the order of the day at the Dormy, with its views across the King’s and Queen’s golf courses. Afternoon tea is an entire meal in itself, then you can seamlessly move to the intimate and atmospheric American Bar to settle in with a cocktail or champagne and linger over the caviar selection. If a single malt is your tipple, then the Century Bar with its choice of over 120, won’t disappoint. It also serves some very tempting snacks and bar food. Sharing platters and craft beer are the staples at Auchterarder 70, whilst the Blue Bar is the place to savour a whisky and relive the 18 holes you’ve just played.
Nowhere has such a dizzying array of things to do than Gleneagles. First, and foremost, it has three championship golf courses, making it the holy grail for many golfers, especially if you’re after some professional coaching. For beginners, there’s an Academy course – where better to have your first ever lesson? But if that’s not your sport, little worry. Take a bike and explore the surrounding hills, or brush up on your backhand with a tennis lesson.
The hotel has its own stables, where you can learn to play polo, drive a carriage, or simply ride through the estate. There are trout lochs where you can fish with a private ghillie; gundog training sessions and even falconry. For a more relaxed few days, then the Spa has all you need. One of the best in Scotland, its list of treatments and therapies is endless (followed by a pedicure at the hotel’s salon Bob & Cloche). The Health Club has two indoor pools (one adult only), a bubble pool and a thermal suite, together with a very well-equipped gym, where personal trainers and fitness classes can be booked. It’s impossible not to find something for everyone here, and guests really are spoilt for choice.
Gleneagles Hotel is magical for every age, and children have not been forgotten. There’s a crèche for the smaller ones with an indoor treehouse and even a child-sized train and station. Older ones can have a go at falconry, ferret racing, off road driving mini Land Rovers, or have their own pony for the day. There’s even a zip wire for children. And grown ups!
Gleneagles, The Scottish Highlands
Located in 850 acres on the edge of the Scottish Highlands. Gleneagles is an hour’s drive of Edinburgh and Glasgow airports, with direct trains from London arriving in five hours at its very own station, just two minutes from the hotel.