The Gleneagles Hotel Address: Auchterarder, Perthshire, PH3 1NF, Scotland Location: The Gleneagles Hotel Auchterarder is situated in the rolling hills of Perthshire, between the cities of Perth and Stirling on the A9. Telephone: +44 (0) 1764 662231 Website: www.gleneagles.com Contact: click here Accommodation: At the Gleneagles Hotel you can choose from 266 luxurious bedrooms, including 16 exclusively decorated suites. Bedrooms, are in muted colours with sensual fabrics and with spacious bathrooms. No. Holes: 63 Facilities: Gleneagles means golf - but it also means so much more. There are walks, horse riding, shooting, fishing, falconry, off-road driving, tennis, croquet, mountain biking - all with expert help and tuition. For gentler indoor pursuits there’s The Spa or a quiet swim in one of the two pools. Dining: You can enjoy fine cuisine (and great vintage wines) at one of the four restaurants or eat simple salads or lighter meals at one of the bars. Places of Interest: Edinburgh is 45 minutes drive away with its castle, art galleries, museums and theatres. In August the city is alive with the International Festival, Europe’s largest celebration of music, comedy, dance and theatre. Malt whiskey distilleries. Highland walks.
Gleneagles owns one of the finest parcels of golfing land in the British Isles. The holes weave their way across undulating moorland, through charming woodland, to greens set in pretty glades.
In 1908, the Gleneagles idea came to Donald Matheson, general manager of the Caledonian Railway Company. He had a dream to build a “Palace in the Glens” which would attract noble and wealthy railway travellers. James Braid (the five times Open Champion) was commissioned to design the King’s and Queen’s courses. By the beginning of the 1920s both courses were ready for play. Since then the resort has never looked back and has since added a third course, the PGA Centenary, designed by Jack Nicklaus which will host the 2014 Ryder Cup, when Gleneagles will celebrate its ninetieth anniversary. For beginners the Wee course is a par three, nine-holer and there’s even a pitch-and-putt course.
Hotel guests loll in the indoor pool, the lap pool, the solarium, and the Turkish bath. And even non-riders enjoy the indoor and outdoor Equestrian Centre arenas where some of Europe’s most beautiful horses perform and are exercised. Classes are offered in polo, dressage, English and Western riding and carriage. You can even take an off-road driving lesson in the Perthshire Hills in a 4x4. Your children can learn to drive in a quarter-size 4x4 on a specially built course. Dinner dress is quite formal at this five-star resort. Public spaces are luxurious and the whole experience unforgettable.