Head to the rolling hills of Auchterarder, Perthshire for world-class golf at Gleneagles, recent host of The Ryder and Solheim Cups. Alongside a driving range and short-game area, you’ll find three championship golf courses and a nine-hole course. That’s 54 diverse holes, enough to satisfy the newest or most experienced player. In between rounds, sample the local restaurants and bars and rest your head nearby at these countryside hotels, all bookable with Culture Trip.
Gleneagles’ five-star hotel is as impressive as its courses. Luxurious rooms are peppered with Scottish textiles, fireplaces and free-standing bathtubs. Curl up in the suite’s bay window with a book from the hotel’s former library – now yours – and enjoy hillside views. Float in the spa’s outdoor thermal pool and book a mani-pedi at the pastel-pink beauty lounge. Finish at one of ten restaurants or bars including the 1920s cocktail bar, al-fresco whisky and cigar lounge, or the two-Michelin-starred, French-inspired eatery.
Individually designed rooms at this former baronial turreted hunting lodge come with pillow menus, luxury toiletries and huge windows: bright greenery greets you each morning. Choose the Penthouse – directly across from Gleneagles – or The Lodge for private outdoor spaces, fully equipped chic kitchens and entertainment including surround sound systems. Fancy eating out? Settle into an armchair at Cairn’s Garden Room restaurant, with special afternoon tea promising Comté cheese and truffle gougére (savoury choux pastries), followed by a passionfruit and white chocolate choux bun.
This traditional, vine-covered stone inn is full of Scottish charm, with a friendly welcome for you and your four-legged friend. Grab a comfy armchair in the fire-lit lounge; settle in the countryside-surrounded beer garden, or tuck into loaded burgers at the restaurant. Upstairs, quaint rooms boast luxuries like espresso makers, champagne service and beautifully tiled bathrooms with roll-top tubs. Next morning, enjoy an inclusive continental breakfast before driving 14 minutes from the hotel’s free car park to Gleneagles.
Tennis star Andy Murray owns this countryside estate with private loch, chapel, tennis court, woodlands and gardens, where you can get stuck into archery, falconry displays and even partake in a Mini Highland Games. Individually designed rooms feature unrivalled countryside views and luxurious touches like Penhaligon’s Quercus toiletries and hand-painted suite bathtubs. Relax in the lamp-lit drawing room or sophisticated Chez Roux restaurant serving Scotch ox cheeks or truffle macaroni and cheese. Special occasion? Book an exclusive masterclass with Chef Michel Roux Jr.
Gather the family at this 900-acre Perthshire escape for outdoor adventures like loch kayaking or treetop ziplining. Young ones will love the creche or game-packed Kids Zone while you relax in the hydrotreatment spa stocked with Decleor Paris Essential Oils, or the adults-only Victorian Baths with impressive overhead painting. Evenings mean musicians, magicians, family quizzes and film screenings; mornings bring Scottish breakfast with fried potato scone in decadent restaurant The Meikle. Rooms are rustic-chic, from dog-friendly studios to self-catering woodland lodges.
Cardross Lodge, thought to be built in 1598, overflows with grandeur. Proud owners Sir Archie and Lady Orr Ewing will show you the historic house, from the grand staircase to the enchanting library. Family paintings hang throughout, including in your antique-laden bedroom – the main boasting its own tower room – with sweeping countryside views: Scotland’s only lake is 2mi (3km) away. Spot deers and hares from the flower garden terrace; or visit the Georgian panelled dining room for breakfast, which is included in your stay.
Cosy rooms come with king-sized beds, underfloor heating, plush bathrooms and posh Cole and Lewis toiletries at this countryside B&B. Friendly owners will cook an excellent Scottish breakfast just how you like it, or serve up authentic whisky from the bar, best enjoyed in the colourful garden. Gleneagles is four minutes’ drive away, or leave the car in Middleton House’s free-of-charge car park and walk two minutes to Tullibardine Distillery to try the single-malt whisky that they’ve been producing since 1949.
This delightful 18th-century townhouse – ten minutes’ drive from Gleneagles – features cosy rooms with fancy, fully-tiled en-suites. The friendly staff will share tips on local highlights: the best places to ramble and fish in the Scottish hills and the best pubs, antique shops and traditional tearooms on the Auchterarder high street. You’ll enjoy the locally sourced breakfast of continental buffet goodies, homemade preserves and wholesome cooked Scottish platters, served up in the elegant dining room with powder-pink tablecloths and scattered flowers.
Barley Bree is the epitome of cosy countryside retreats with cheerful staff, food to die for and bright, traditional rooms featuring free-standing bathtubs and drape-hung windows. There’s a well-stocked bar and garden terrace for drinks in the Muthill sunshine; or settle by the wood burner stove – with wood beams and deer antlers overhead – in the restaurant, which serves perfect scallops and sorbet-topped desserts. Come morning, fill up on a traditional Full Breakfast before driving 5mi (8km) to Gleneagles.