Need to get away from it all? Nothing blows the cobwebs away and fills you with a sense of joie de vivre quite like getting up, out and about. Gleneagles isn’t known as the Glorious Playground for nothing: just a few minutes from our front steps lies some of the most breath- taking countryside in the world, a perfect backdrop for making memories together while taking on all manner of pursuits from the mindful to the adrenaline-pumping. Here’s what’s on our itinerary this summer.
FALCONRY ON THE GROUNDS
Every day at Gleneagles, the sky and tree canopies are alive with the hustle and bustle of magnificent birds. The Gleneagles Falconry School is home to our very own team of expert handlers and carers for the birds of prey that soar overhead and the perfect place to spend some time if you, like us, are fascinated by them. Our group and individual falconry experience lessons have been designed to suit everyone from novices to experienced handlers; adults and children alike. Equipped with a sporting jacket, boots and of course a falconer’s glove, you’ll be guided through the techniques of working with eagles, falcons, hawks and more. Falconry is one of the oldest and most prestigious outdoor pursuits in the world, rich in history and offering a unique and memorable way to enjoy the Scottish countryside
GUIDED CYCLING EXCURSIONS
Heading off from the front steps of Gleneagles, we have a choice of three cycle routes to suit your mood and energy levels, from a 43 km Glorious Glendevon Gravel ride, to a 56 km Drummond Castle Circuit, and a longer 92 km Loch Earn Loop. It’s entirely up to you how far you want to venture. At your halfway point, you’ll be met by one of the team for an indulgent picnic lunch and a chance to spot Osprey and Red Kites, or simply take in the views of the Trossachs National Park and the Ochil Hills. We can also offer guests expert-led cycling experiences on Shand’s bespoke Stoater bikes built specifically for our guests. Designed to traverse a multitude of terrains, it’s the Stoater’s versatility that makes them perfect for the incredible cycle routes across the Perthshire countryside, from steep climbs on gravel tracks overlooking the Glendevon reservoirs to the smooth quiet back roads of rural Perthshire.