The Gleneagles Hotel is part of the Five Red Star Resort, and has recently celebrated its 80th anniversary. The quality of service on offer is unrivalled, with the hotel retaining a member of staff for each hotel guest.
The grandiose building was designed to emulate the opulent style of a French château, while the manicured gardens were inspired by the celebrated 18th century horticulturist Capability Brown.
Whilst it is luxurious and impeccably furnished, the management maintains a relaxed attitude, in contrast to the stiff, austere atmosphere of other 5* hotels.
Set amidst 850 acres of Scotland's most beautiful scenery, there are few finer destinations for a relaxing getaway.
The hotel's elegant bar stocks over 100 single malt whiskies.
There is no shortage of dining options at Gleneagles. With the only two Michelin star restaurant in the whole of Scotland, the culinary experience is bound to delight.
At The Strathearn, the resort’s primary restaurant, you’ll discover fine dining using the best local ingredients with a menu designed with flavours from France and Scotland. The venue has been open since 1924 and has two Rosettes to its name.
If you want to experience Scotland’s only two Michelin star restaurant then at Andrew Fairlie you will find what the resort calls a “more exclusive dining experience”. A highlight is Andrew’s signature smoked lobster which results from a 12-hour infusion over whisky barrels. The fine palate will thrive here as the team guide you through a culinary journey.
Gleneagles resort also has a number of alternative dining options if you’re looking for something more casual. At Deseo, the Mediterranean-inspired bistro, the menu hails from Spain, Italy and Greece as well as serving a wide range of steaks and meat.
Afternoon tea and cakes can be taken in The Bar or you can relax at any time in Braid’s Coffee Lounge.
The Dormy Clubhouse Bar and Grill is the perfect place to relax after a round of golf. With views over the 18th holes of two of Gleneagles’ courses, it has a number of different seating areas as well as an all-day menu. There are a number of dishes - spicy choices from the restaurant’s very own tandoor oven or something more casual with modern bar food classics.
Gleneagles has a 320 yard double-ended driving range with capacity for 40 golfers to help focus on the long game, two putting greens, a short game pitching area, undercover pitching bays and three short game practice greens with five varied bunkers.
What else is there to do at Gleneagles?
The estate offers a wealth of outdoor pursuits including horse riding, shooting, fly-fishing, falconry, mountain biking, tennis, squash and off-road driving. Indoors at The Club there is state of the art fitness equipment, two swimming pools, an outdoor hot pool, tennis courts, a gym, Turkish baths, a sauna as well as first-class health and beauty treatments.
At the multi-award winning spa you will find a range of treatments ranging from Ayurvedic massages, natural facials and hydrotherapy to resident experts in Reiki and reflexology.
At the world famous shooting and fishing school you can turn your hand to clay-pigeon shooting, whilst at the fishing school your catch can be chilled for you to take home or it can be cooked by the chef for a celebratory meal.
The Equestrian School is renowned for being one of the best in the world. Horse riding lessons are on offer for every ability and the facilities cover 50 acres to include two arenas enabling 700 spectators to watch events. Its accompanying stables house 30 ponies and horses.
For something a little bit different you can try out the world’s first Gundog school. Guests are able to learn how to handle a trained gundog, exhibiting obedience and handling skills.
If you have a dog of your own then you’re able to bring it along with you and book a place in Gleneagles’ kennels. The resort also offers dog training lessons to instill obedience. Working with the site’s trainers you’ll be given a programme to help develop a better relationship with your dog.
Excitement is to be had at the 4x4 off road driving courses, known to be two of Scotland’s most taxing. Designed by some of the UK’s leading off-roaders, the courses have both natural and man-made obstacles including ditches, water splashes and gullies as well as the obligatory steep gradients.