Gleneagles – Scotland
Hotel Type: One of the world’s most iconic 5* country hotels. It’s the epitome of British service and offers an unrivalled array of attractions.
Location: 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.
Style: Glorious country sporting estate, rich in heritage.
Rooms: 233 unique bedrooms and suites, all decorated with carefully curated antiques, paintings and books, as well as locally-sourced Scottish textiles, paints and fabrics.
Our Favourite Room: Gemma’s favourite is the The Braid House Estate Room. These rooms are beautiful and super close to the Spa!
Ideal For: Those wanting to escape to somewhere special, where nothing is too much trouble and enjoy an abundance of country pursuits.
Swimming: Two indoor pools (one adult only) and one outdoor pool.
Dining: For an unforgettable dining experience, you must try Andrew Fairlie – the only two Michelin starred restaurant in Scotland. Head to The Strathearn for a classic silver service or the Birnam Brasserie for some French-American dishes using the finest local Scottish produce. The Dormy Clubhouse overlooks the golf courses, and serves a hearty menu of grilled classics with a laid back atmosphere. For drinks, the American Bar, inspired by the roaring 20s, is an elegant bar with exceptional service and cocktails. Sample some of Scotland’s best whiskies and single malts at the Century Bar, or relax at, Auchterarder 70.
Activities: Gleneagles is famous for golf but guests can, ride horses, go off-roading, train gundogs or watch them being trained, shoot game, clay pigeon shoot, fish, fly a Harris’ Hawk, play tennis, explore the grounds cycling, try archery, jog along the tails, enjoy pitch and putt, play snooker, master wild life photography, visit the Health Club to partake in a range of fitness classes, or just relax in its luxurious spa.
Spa: Luxurious award winning spa that offers an extensive menu of traditional therapies as well as complementary and alternative wellness treatments. The Health Club boasts two indoor pools, one heated outdoor pool, a bubble pool and thermal suite. Guests also have access to a wide range of fitness classes from Pilates to cardio as well as a well-equipped gym. Guests can head to the Bob & Cloche hair and beauty lodge as well, which includes a nail bar, pedicure room, hair salon and treatment rooms.
Children: Children are very welcome here.
Furry Friends: Dogs up to the size of a Labrador are welcome here. There is a slightly high price to pay of £100 per dog per night if you wish to have them in the room with you but they will be provided with a dog bed, foam duvet, plastic floor mats with two bowls and a poop scoop set. Otherwise there are kennels available on the hotel grounds which are £48 per dog per night.
Accessibility: The access here is excellent for any wheelchair users, with level and flat access around most parts of the hotel. As well as this the bathrooms have roll-in showers!
Low Season Price From: £325 per night for a Country Double Room and includes breakfast.
High Season Price From: £660 per night for a Country Double Room and includes breakfast.
Open: All year round!
From its debut in the roaring twenties, where it was likened to the Riviera in the Highlands, Gleneagles 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.
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. The Country Rooms are charming and comfortable and look out over the hotel, whilst many of the Manor Rooms have views across the estate. The Estate Rooms are plush and elegant with a spacious seating area and gorgeous views. The Suites are an indulgent mix of country charm and modern luxury, where it might be tempting not to venture out! We love the splendid views from the Estate Suites, and with their separate, beautifully furnished, sitting rooms and dining areas, they’re an indulgent way to soak up life at Gleneagles. On the top floor, looking out across the gardens and hills, the Two Bedroom Whisky Suites are ideal for families, with two separate bedrooms. We love the bathrooms in the Whisky Suites – big walk in showers and free standing roll top baths. Furnished with deep leather sofas and quirky little touches, they are comfortable and intimate. The two bedroomed Tower Suite has a character all of its own, with a spiral staircase up to a library looking out over the estate. At the very top end is the Royal Lochnagar Suite, with its sweeping views over the Glendevon Hills, private dining room, old fashioned powder room and a very impressive marble hallway. It also comes with the added extra of a concierge service and complimentary mini bar (enough said!).
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.
Gleneagles 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!
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.