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Last updated: 04 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Lucy Gillmore

When this grand Scottish hotel first opened in 1924 it was dubbed ‘a Riviera in the Highlands’.

Today, it’s still the ultimate Scottish resort, famous, of course, for its golf courses and Pringle-touting clientele, but also sporting a staggering range of additional activities – everything from gun dog school to falconry, wildlife photography to off-road driving.

For the more sedentary, there’s a sleek destination spa and two-Michelin-starred restaurant. It’s a one-stop holiday shop.

Unusually for a luxury hotel, Gleneagles is dog-friendly; providing a dog-bed, bowl, dog-in-residence sign for the door, doggy treats – and a pooper scooper for those walks in the ground.

Surrounding area

This is not the dramatic mountainous part of Perthshire. The countryside around here is rolling green hills, woodland and lush farmland, while Auchterarder is a small village nearby.

However, you won’t trip over neighbours when you step out of the hotel – although you might be run over by a golf buggy. The 850-acre estate is sprawling, crisscrossed by walking, jogging and cycling routes.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Stirling Castle

Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)[21.5 miles]

One of Scotland’s most dramatic and history-laden fortresses, hunkered into a volcanic crag. A real castle wow factor.

Best for ages: 8+ | £17

Royal Yacht Britannia

Edinburgh , Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)[48.9 miles]

One of the most famous ships in the world, this luxury yacht turned museum served the British Monarchy for over 44 years in multiple capacities, from official state visits to family holidays.

Best for ages: 8+ | £18

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)[50.6 miles]

Edinburgh’s impressive hilltop castle, with bags of history and a bird’s-eye view over the capital. The complex includes the National War Museum.

Best for ages: 4+ | £1,750

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Cooking classes at Ballintaggart Farm

Cooking classes at Ballintaggart Farm

Pitlochry, Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)[40.4 miles]

This foodie bolt-hole offers field-to-fork cookery classes in Highland Perthshire themed around ‘seasonal suppers’, ‘pickling, preserving and fermenting’ and ‘fire and foraging’. You can stay over in one of 12 luxury bedrooms, or book into the Grandtully Hotel, their sleek sister property nearby.

Best for ages: 13+ | £25 | 5 hours

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A view of the Jupiter Artland, showcasing the artwork

Jupiter Artland

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)[47.3 miles]

A contemporary sculpture park, in the grounds of gracious Bonnington House, on the edge of Edinburgh is peppered with works by Charles Jencks, Cornelia Parker, Antony Gormley and Anish Kapoor.

Best for ages: 4+ | £10

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external veiw of the main and very beautiful greenhouse

Royal Botanic Garden

Edinburgh , Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)[48.9 miles]

A tranquil haven, this bucolic 70-acre site was established in the 17th century, with highlights including the striking state-of-the-art visitor centre, Chinese Hillside and Victorian Palm Houses.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Edinburgh Region, United Kingdom (UK)

Capital treats abound, from mighty castles and royal palaces to gourmet restaurants and arguably the world’s best performing arts festival.

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