We offer a variety of trails and experiences to take you off the beaten track. With an off-road instructor from Gleneagles at the wheel you can enjoy the stunning Perthshire countryside in a range of different activities.
Take the high road with an instructor at the wheel to access stunning highland scenery on private estate roads and tracks. Departing from the front door of the hotel, the safaris take guests for half day excursions to a remote, beautiful and exclusive hill farm, accessible only by private invitation from the landowner. Leaving public roads behind, the Land Rovers climb high into the hills to enable you to discover the wild beauty of the heather uplands and the magnificent vistas which are the quintessence of Scotland.
The instructor guiding you will point out Munros, lochs and lochans and historic landmarks, together with local wildlife. You will certainly see the native black-faced sheep, buzzards, rabbits and some of the varied songbirds, you may see grouse, black grouse, peregrine falcons, merlins, blue hares and red deer. If you are particularly fortunate you may even see a golden eagle, soaring majestically overhead. Your guide will also tell you about local lore and sporting practices, such as heather burning and the origins of tartan.
At a high point en-route, your instructor will stop to allow you to take in the view with a glass of champagne and, if you wish, a gourmet picnic, (additional charge), before you descend in the Land Rovers to the picturesque valleys, returning to the hotel by a different route. Binoculars and field guides are supplied and cameras are definitely recommended.
Discover Scotland bespoke tours have been put together exclusively for Gleneagles guests. They combine a varied selection of venues, hand-picked to provide you with a taste of the richness and variety of Scotland.
You will be driven in a Range Rover or Discovery, by an instructor from Off Road at Gleneagles. A combination of the instructor's expert vehicle handling and sound local knowledge enables them to link castles, distilleries and the best of Perthshire's off-the-beaten-track shopping, with scenic, cross-country routes, especially selected to show you the best of Perthshire's picturesque vistas.
Tours can be tailored to suit your special interests. If you are particularly interested in historic Scotland, we recommend that your journey includes a visit to Blair Castle, which houses one of the finest collections of Scottish furniture, paintings, china, arms and armory, dating from the sixteenth century. If you would like to visit some gardens, we will take you to Drummond Castle Gardens with their magnificent early Victorian parterre, with fountains, terracing and topiaries. If you would like to take the chance to stock-up on some of Scotland's finest products, we suggest a visit to House of Bruar, which offers fine Scottish goods, including cashmere, an excellent food hall, fine sporting goods and a range of Scottish gifts.
Junior drivers have a fantastic facility at Gleneagles – their own off-road course and mini Land Rovers. Kids aged from 4 to 9 years old can receive instruction from behind the wheel of Land Rover replicas while testing their driving skills on a purpose-built course designed to reflect the grown-ups' course.
The Land Rover replicas have been specially built for Gleneagles and are a quarter of the size of their parent original. The school is the first in the UK to offer junior off-road instruction.