Family Holidays in Scotland

Scotland is a land of ancient castles, towering mountain ranges and peaceful lochs. Its capital, Edinburgh, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it is also home to the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Glasgow.

Gleneagles is a 5-star luxury resort set in the heart of rolling Scottish hills, yet less than an hour’s drive from Glasgow or Edinburgh international airports. It also has its own train station which is served by direct trains from London, a journey which takes just 5 hours.

Bring your family to Gleneagles this Summer and you can experience a holiday you’ll never forget. Here’s an example of how you could spend 5 days, and still want to stay for longer!

Day 1

Met at airport by Gleneagles chauffeur drive and whisked to the Hotel. We can have your rooms ready for you, if your flight has arrived in the early hours of the morning.
Take it easy today - relax in the luxury leisure facilities of The Club. The whole family can enjoy the gorgeous leisure pool with outdoor Alpine Onsen, and an adult or two can slip off to relax in the adults only Jacuzzi, sauna or steam room, or do some laps in the lap pool.

Have a relaxed dinner in DESEO, our informal Mediterranean restaurant, where the kids can make their own pizzas!

Day 2

After a fantastic night’s sleep, you might want an early morning work-out in the well-equipped gym, or perhaps a stroll around the grounds and gardens. Whatever you do, make sure the whole family are up in time for breakfast. The legendary Gleneagles breakfast is served in the Long Dining Room, and is a delight for the eyes and a feast for the tastebuds.

Later the whole family might enjoy a falconry lesson together. Falconry is sometimes referred to as “the sport of Kings” and under the expert tutelage of the instructors from the British School of Falconry, you can learn how to fly these magnificent hawks. If you develop an affection for your hawk, you can visit as often as you like – all our country pursuits are within the grounds of the hotel.

In the afternoon the children could wear themselves out in the Playroom (for children 2 - 12yrs, The Playroom offers 2 hours complimentary childcare a day) or relax in the Zone, a gaming and chill out area for teenagers. Adults may want to make the most of this time by indulging in a spa treatment and lingering in the heat and thermal facilities.

For dinner, sample the delights of The Strathearn Restaurant. This is one of the few remaining grand dining halls in the world, where you can have smoked salmon carved and flambéed at your table. The refined setting encourages you to dress for dinner but jackets and ties are not essential.

Day 3

Scotland has so much to offer, and Gleneagles is the perfect destination to explore from.

Any members of the party who would like to do some shopping would be well advised to visit Edinburgh, Scotland’s beautiful capital city. As a Gleneagles guest we can arrange for you a personal shopping experience at Harvey Nichols department store, with a complimentary gift (subject to a minimum purchase price), and we can also arrange a visit to Hamilton and Inches, iconic jewellers, that includes a tour of the facilities. Our on-site chauffeur drive can take you right into Edinburgh or you can take the train from Gleneagles station.

If shopping fails to appeal, some of your party may prefer to head off to the hills. We have sourced local sporting estates in order to provide country pursuits such as game shooting, salmon fishing and deer stalking, all within an hour's drive, and our on-site chauffeur drive can take you there. Or if you’d rather save that for another day, why not take a lesson at our fully equipped shooting school which has a world-class reputation and offers the very best in terms of sporting clays facilities and equipment?

After such activities, all parties may feel the need to round off the day with one of the 120 single malt whiskies stocked in the art deco inspired Bar!

Day 4

Gleneagles is of course, famous for golf, and in 2014 was the Host Venue for the Ryder Cup matches. Experienced golfers will love playing a round on one of the three championship courses and beginners can take a few lessons at the PGA golf academy, with its state of the art video analysis, driving range and short game area.

Or, head outdoors again with a thrilling experience off-road driving! Gleneagles has two off road courses close to the hotel. Designed by some of Britain's leading off-road specialists, they incorporate natural and purpose built obstacles to include water splashes, ditches, escalating ridges, gullies and steep gradients – great fun!

Junior drivers also have a fantastic facility at Gleneagles - their own off road course and mini Land Rovers. Kids aged from 6 – 12 years can receive instruction from behind the wheel of Land Rover replicas and test their driving skills over a purpose built course designed to reflect the grown-ups' course. The Land Rover replicas have been specially built for Gleneagles and are a quarterof the size of their parent original.

After an active day, relax over dinner in The Dormy Clubhouse Bar and Grill. Over-looking the 18th holes of both the King's and Queen's courses, The Dormy serves a menu built around modern bar food classics and spicy selections from the restaurant's own tandoor oven. Post-dinner you could move into the Blue Bar. With heated leather sofas, luxurious throws and a large circular firepit, the Blue Bar features the perfect pour of Johnnie Walker Blue Label, along with a number of other fine examples of the master blender's art. A wonderful range of Cuban cigars is available to savour in an outdoor bar that feels warm and inviting at any time of year.

Day 5

Your last day at Gleneagles – and you’ll wish you were staying for longer! There’s still time to indulge in a few last treats. Explore the countryside on horseback (for experienced riders) or take a lesson at The Gleneagles Equestrian School. The Equestrian School has over 30 horses and ponies, an indoor arena and an outdoor one, a cross-country course and expert coaches. Whether you are a complete beginner or a competitive rider you will find your perfect match here.

Meanwhile, perhaps a champagne manicure for the ladies in The Salon, another swim in The Club pools or Spa treatment? As all the activities are actually on-site at the resort, older children can make their own way around, leaving the grown-ups to relax.

For your last night, treat yourself to a meal in Scotland’s only two-Michelin starred restaurant, Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles. Trained in the southwest of France, Andrew oversees a menu that blends the best in French and Scottish cooking, with an emphasis on outstanding ingredients from the Parisian markets and fine suppliers closer to home. A highlight among many on both a la carte' and degustation' menus is Andrew's signature smoked lobster, its intense smokiness coming from a twelve-hour infusion over whisky barrels.

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