Gleneagles, a Glorious Playground in the Scottish Highlands

Celebrating 97 years of unparalleled luxury, with thoughtfully designed renovations since its re-launch in 2016, Gleneagles has reaffirmed its position as a leading luxury destination.

January 2022 – joining Gleneagles’ glorious playground of country pursuits, The Spa has been completely redesigned and re-launches with Gleneagles’ own treatment list using balms, oils and scrubs derived from botanicals found on the estate and in the surrounding Perthshire countryside. The new launch also sees Dr. Barbara Sturm unveil its first UK residency outside of London whilst ‘Queen of Green’, Tata Harper, is offering a range of bespoke treatments.

June 2022 saw the launch of Gleneagles’ first-ever city outpost – Gleneagles Townhouse. This property – which is located in the historic former Bank of Scotland headquarters – is home to some of the most vibrant dining and bar experiences in the city, a dedicated training, treatments, and therapies space in the bank’s former vaults and an exclusive Members Club – the first of its kind in Edinburgh.

Since opening its doors in June 1924, Gleneagles has been one of the UK’s most iconic hotels and sporting estates. Set beneath the Ochil Hills in the heart of Perthshire, Scotland, it has remained the must-go destination for the most discerning of traveller for nearly a century. Beginning its life in the glamorous age of travel when elegant guests arrived in high-fashion at the property’s very own train station, the 850-acre estate epitomizes the natural beauty for which Scotland is famed and is often referred to as “the eighth wonder of the world”.

A World of Country Pursuits

Providing an authentic Scottish experience, Gleneagles offers unparalleled fun and adventure in one of the most luxurious and scenic settings imaginable. Few places in the UK boast the same breadth of opportunities for exploration and indulgence.

Gleneagles’ ethos is that young visitors should be able to experience almost everything that adults can enjoy, which includes a vast range of more than 50 pursuits from tree climbing to horse riding, golf lessons and archery, and all with expert tuition from the hotel’s knowledgeable instructors and guides. New at Gleneagles for autumn 2022 is Axe Throwing – perfect for making fun memories together as a family, this thrilling modern sport is growing in popularity across the UK and is available as either a free-throw session lasting approximately 55 mins, or a full 90 min tutored lesson.

Families are invited to embark on a series of Glen adventures; encouraging children to roam free and reconnect with the great outdoors, learning essential life skills along the way. From fire building and marshmallow toasting, orienteering courses and nature walks to learning essential woodland skills – there’s something for everyone.

Animal loving families can discover gundog handling practices together as they are taught how to put highly trained and enthusiastic Labradors through their paces. And for budding falconers or guests simply interested in the noble pursuit of falconry, The Laird’s Walk with a Hawk experience is an informative and unique opportunity to fly a Harris Hawk through the ancient woodlands of the picturesque neighbouring estates.

Transport as well as a bespoke Fields Sports picnic lunch are included in this adventure – plenty to ensure the whole family has enough fuel to keep going for the day.

Back at the hotel, young teenagers can spend time exploring The Den – an unsupervised recreational hangout filled with interactive play resources, whilst Little Glen offers toddlers and young children a vibrant and fully supervised crèche space. The estate’s youngest guests can also head out on Animal and Bug Hunts accompanied by a private nanny to visit Gleneagles’ bug houses; whilst budding naturalists can embark on nature walks with Gleneagles’ resident Labrador, Henry by their side, or meet Hettie the Shetland Pony on Stable Tours.

Meanwhile, The Little Garden – Gleneagles’ outdoor kids club which opened for the first time this summer – will be welcoming younger guests for their first Autumn/Winter season to learn about the great outdoors. At Gleneagles, there is an activity catering to every guest, youngest to oldest, and all with a healthy dose of fresh highland air.

Celebrating 97 years of unparalleled luxury, with thoughtfully designed renovations since its re-launch in 2016, Gleneagles has reaffirmed its position as a leading luxury destination.

Luxury and Space

With 233 luxury bedrooms and suites, the hotel’s accommodation has been enhanced by Goddard Littlefair over recent years, with beautiful detailing, fabrics and craftsmanship combining to create a warm country estate.

The rooms and suites celebrate Gleneagles’ storied past, evoking its history through specially-curated furnishings, antiques and art. Every detail throughout each of the rooms was carefully thought through and designed to reflect the warm Scottish hospitality for which Gleneagles is renowned.

The signature suite, The Royal Lochnagar, has welcomed some of Gleneagles’ most noble guests and its glamorous heritage has inspired the suite’s beautiful new design, exuding grandeur and elegance without the stiff formality often associated with the highest tier of hotel suites. Completed by the Ennismore Design Studio, the 1,800 sq ft space is charming and warm, leaving guests feeling at once glamorous and homely. With uninterrupted views across the Glendevon and Ochil Hills, guests can relax and unwind in their own private sitting room, enveloped by the lush greenery of the highlands.

Dine and Drink

From bar snacks and brasserie classics to family fare and fine dining, Gleneagles is a culinary destination to savour; home to some of the best restaurants in Scotland.

Fine Dining

• The Strathearn – This classical Franco-Scottish fine dining venue will allow guests to immerse themselves in the glamour of a bygone age. Expect theatre from the traditional, gueridon service and exceptional dishes created from Scotland’s finest produce

• Andrew Fairlie – One of Europe’s finest restaurants, this intimate two Michelin-starred gastronomic delight is known for simple yet indulgent French-inspired cooking

Casual Dining

• The Birnam – The Birnam is a vibrant and relaxed Italian-American grill, where the finest cuts are seared, slow cooked and grilled to perfection over a custom built, open fire pit

• The Dormy – Overlooking immaculate greens and rugged hills, the Dormy’s laid-back vibe is a firm favorite for families, golfers and anyone who enjoys stone-baked pizzas, Tandoor curries and hearty classics

• The Garden Café – The bright plant-filled café offers a fine selection of teas, coffees, light lunches and a selection of home-baked cakes and pastries

Perfect Pour

• The American Bar – The hotel’s most glamorous, opulent and exclusive space, is reminiscent of the iconic bars of the 1920s and 30s. The lighting, exquisite furnishings and design has created an intimate atmosphere in which to enjoy an exceptional collection of cocktails inspired by the roaring 20s

• The Century Bar – The beating heart of the hotel, The Century Bar offers one of Scotland’s finest collections of old and rare whiskies, featuring over 300 varieties to choose from

• Auchterader 70 – With oversized leather armchairs, plush cushions and a fine snacks menu, this craft beer and gin bar is popular with guests and locals alike

Providing an authentic Scottish experience, Gleneagles offers unparalleled fun and adventure in one of the most luxurious and scenic settings imaginable.

• The Garden Bar – This month unveiled the latest iteration of its rotating pop-up bar series – The Enchanted Forest. In collaboration with The Dalmore, this whimsical drinking experience replicates the sights, sounds and smells of a real-life enchanted forest. Replete with fir tree-lined walls, lantern-lit tables and hidden woodland nooks, guests can choose from a menu of five specially created whisky cocktails based on the essence of the surrounding forest of the Perthshire, as well as an exclusive Dalmore pairing experience

• The Blue Bar – Situated outside The Dormy, this unique al fresco bar is the place to enjoy a dram of whisky and a cigar

Spa and Wellness

Joining its glorious playground of country pursuits, The Spa at Gleneagles has been completely redesigned. Relaunched in September 2021 the state-of-the-art space is a dedicated place for relaxation, restoration, and rejuvenation, alongside a new range of wellness experiences and treatments. Taking inspiration from the Gleneagles estate and harnessing the formidable power of nature to boost wellbeing has been the guiding principle in the spa’s reinvention, and, for the first time, Gleneagles is producing its own balms, oils and scrubs derived from botanicals found on the estate and in the surrounding Perthshire countryside.

This new chapter cements Gleneagles’ position as Scotland’s leading wellness destination, offering guests and members a holistic approach to wellbeing alongside partnerships with some of the world’s finest wellness brands. Dr. Barbara Sturm has unveiled its first UK residency outside of London, offering cutting-edge, medically inspired spa treatments incorporating Dr. Sturm’s Molecular Cosmetics skincare collection, whilst ‘Queen of Green’, Tata Harper is offering a range of bespoke treatments too. Also joining the spa line-up is leading naturopath and nutritionist, Rosemary Ferguson. Rosemary has created new menus for the Spa and Garden Cafés as well as hosting specially curated retreats in 2022. The Spa’s sensory, pared back design, thoughtful dining – which also includes a selection of Moon Milks by coveted wellbeing brand, Glow Bar – and diverse relaxation spaces ensure complete serenity.

Gleneagles Townhouse

The first venture beyond the Perthshire hills for Gleneagles Hotel in its almost 100-year history, Townhouse officially opened its doors in June 2022. The 33-bedroom hotel, members’ club and all-day restaurant, is based at 39 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh. The Townhouse was originally home to the British Linen Company before later becoming the Bank of Scotland and, over the last five years, Ennismore Design Studio has painstakingly restored the building.

At its heart lies The Spence, where a central bar sits underneath an extraordinary glass-domed ceiling serving up a seasonally rotating, locally inspired list of cocktails, local whiskies, beers, spirits, and wine. Down in the bank’s former vault, Townhouse resident guests and members have access to a dedicated training, treatments and therapies space. Innovative technologies include a cryotherapy chamber and infrared sauna, alongside the gym and wellness studios. The Members’ Lounge and Members’ Snug offer two exclusive spaces designed for breakfast meetings, catch up brunches and long, leisurely lunches, as well as relaxing lounge space and a help yourself pantry. The roof terrace bar Lamplighters, open exclusively to members and hotel guests, offers impressive views of the city’s medieval Old Town to the left and New Town to the right – the perfect spot to watch the sun set and see the city lights sparkle.

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