Trail Blazing at Gleneagles

October 28, 2019

Bicycles lined up at the Trailyard at Gleneagles

There’s a brand new dedicated trail adventure service at the Glen to help guests make the most out of the hotel’s 850-acre glorious playground and the breath-taking local countryside.

With numerous trail-based activities to choose from, including cycling, tree-climbing, walking, segwaying and ‘low rope experiences’ for younger guests, our new team of fully-qualified ‘Activity Leaders’ is on hand to help guests enjoy the perfect countryside adventure. 

The friendly and knowledgeable team is headed up by Steven Barclay, who is joined by David Francis and Craig Gavigan. The team is available seven days a week to provide a bike hire service and offer guidance and tips on the best trail routes.  For those who prefer the company of a guide, the Activity Leaders can also be hired to lead guests on bike rides, walks and hikes, both on and off the estate.

The team is based in a brand new space called The Trail Yard, a laidback county activities hub and a welcoming gathering spot for guests to enjoy coffee or tea brewed over the camp fire before or after their adventure.

Colin Farndon, Gleneagles’ Leisure Director, said: “We’re spoilt here at Gleneagles and across the local Perthshire countryside by some of the most spectacular scenery and wildlife in the world – and we’re passionate about providing opportunities for our guests to make the most of it while they’re here.

“From seasoned ramblers looking for local insight into the best trail routes to urban parents who’re eager to introduce their children to tree climbing for the first time, and from guests who are looking to hire bikes for the day to tech-aficionados who simply enjoy watching our Activity Leaders carry out bike repairs – our new Trail Yard is both an exciting new adventure facility and a genuine workshop for ongoing equipment maintenance and repair.”

The Activity Leaders are not the only members of the Gleneagles family to call The Trail Yard home; Gleneagles’ resident Labrador Retriever, Henry, is an extended member of the trail activities team, who shares their passion for the great outdoors.

Based at The Trail Yard most days, he can usually be found assisting his colleagues with bicycle repairs or joining them on trail walks and hikes with guests.

For more information on The Trail Yard and other adventures at the Glen, contact the team at

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