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At a glance

  • You'll love

    Award-winning spa

    Michelin-starred dining

    Tip-top childcare

  • Kids will love

    Activities galore

    850 acres to run amok

    Eating at Deseo

  • Don’t expect

    Modern design

    City thrills

    The place to yourself


From the kilt-clad doormen to the whisky-toting bar, Gleneagles hotel delivers plaid-clad Scottish luxury. Parents, be warned: children will never want to leave this fun-loving, family-friendly hotel, where they can learn horse riding, fly-fishing, junior off-road driving, wildlife photography, gun-dog skills and more. For mum and dad, there’s a Michelin-starred restaurant, championship golf course and glamorous spa…

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Gleneagles Hotel with us:

Free bike hire for the whole family for four hours each day


Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Gleneagles Hotel – has been selected and approved by parents.


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Need To Know


232, including 26 suites and 19 Family Rooms, each of which sleep two adults and two children.


12 noon, but can be extended to 2pm for no extra cost (subject to availability). Earliest check-in, 2pm.


Double rooms from £265.00, including tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates usually include a full Scottish (or Continental) breakfast, plus use of the Club’s facilities and fitness classes and transfers from Gleneagles’ railway station.


The hotel has its own mini-mall’s worth of luxury boutiques, including outposts of Dunhill, Escada and Hawick Cashmere. There’s also a well-stocked whisky shop. Mr Smiths in need of a trim can visit the onsite barber’s; Mrs Smiths can enjoy a free consultation at the beauty salon.


At the hotel

Three championship golf courses, equestrian centre, tennis courts, falconry school, gun-dog school, putting green, gardens, boutiques, award-winning spa, swimming pool, restaurants, bar, crèche, kids club, DVD library.

In your room

Flatscreen TV, DVD player, CD player, radio, wired internet (WiFi in some rooms), minibar, mini-fridge, tea- and coffee-making facilities, bathrobes and Asprey bath products. Leave your slippers at home: rooms are stocked with ones for guests to keep.


Our favourite rooms

The spacious Family Rooms are designed for four people: two adults in one bedroom and up to two children on a sofa bed or extra beds. In terms of style, traditionalists will favour the cosy rooms in the main hotel for their checked fabrics and rich colours (ruby, oatmeal and chocolate); for something more contemporary, book one of the Braid House rooms (which also come with balconies). The Estate Suites have a separate sitting room with room for one child to bed down (some also have room for a cot to be added to the bedroom); the Whisky Suites have a dining area designed for leisurely family meals. If you want decadent, two-bedroom living quarters, the Spirit Suite has your name on it.



The Club has a 20-metre indoor pool for laps and a little lagoon pool designed for little ones to splash around in. The main pool has a shallow end and is supervised by hawk-eyed lifeguards. Parents can borrow floats and inflatables for their water babies. Smith Junior can have swimming lessons with qualified staff (£25 a child; book through the leisure club); babies can get accustomed to water with one of the mother-and-child baby swim sessions, which feature a mixture of music, song and movement for relaxation (from £6 a session). There’s also an outdoor pool (with hot bubbles) for balmy days: under-5s aren’t allowed in this pool, but 5–12-year-olds can use the pool with parents’ supervision; older ones can kick about freely.


Glittering and glamorous, with shots of gold and ruby, it’s worth getting to Gleneagles’ spa with bags of time before your treatment, in order to wander around admiring the palm trees and lanterns. The spa has hot tubs, a sauna, steam room and tranquil relaxation areas with reclining beds, reading lamps and a choice of soothing soundtracks. The extensive treatment menu has everything you’d expect to see and then some, including peels, massages, facials, scrubs and manicures. Men aren’t neglected, either.  

Book ahead

Book babysitting at least a day ahead.


Well-behaved dogs can come too for £35 a night (up to two dogs in a room). The hotel provides dog beds, foam duvets, plastic floor mats with two bowls and poop scoops; guests just need to bring dog food. Kennel facilities are also available onsite.

Food and drink

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There are three restaurants to choose from: casual, food-hall-style Deseo, where you can pick your meal’s ingredients and watch them being prepared; art deco Strathearn, which serves classic French and Scottish dishes in an elegant setting; two-Michelin-starred Andrew Fairlie, named for its acclaimed chef. There’s also Braid’s café by the spa, for coffee, pastries, sandwiches and tapas, or the Dormy Clubhouse, where tired golfers refuel on bar food and spicy selections cooked in the tandoor oven.

Family fare

Little Smiths are welcome in Deseo and Strathearn (request high chairs and other paraphernalia in advance) at all times, but Andrew Fairlie, which serves dinner, is adults-only. The Strathearn has a scaled-down menu for under-12s; teens can order from the main menu at a reduced price. Deseo is casual and relaxed: the selection of pizzas, pastas, salads and tapas will please even picky palates. The hotel can also provide home-made baby food.  

Hotel Bar

Jazz cats will love the hotel bar, styled with art deco flair and stocked with an excellent range of libations (as you’d expect from a hotel owned by drinks giant Diageo). Choose from more than 120 whiskies or sip some vintage champagne. Children are allowed in the bar until 8pm.  

Last orders

Drinks are served from 9am until guests stop feeling thirsty – the hotel has a residents’ licence. The Dormy Clubhouse is open from 7am until 9pm; dinner is served at Andrew Fairlie from 7pm until 10pm; Deseo is open from 12 noon; Strathearn from 7pm.  

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    Braid’s café for casual brunch; Deseo for family meals; Andrew Fairlie for romance.

  • Room service

    The 24-hour room service includes main meals and light snacks. Puréed home-made baby food is available; room service can also provide storage for baby food and bottles, and a heat-up service when required.


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Parent approved

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Gleneagles Hotel – has been selected and approved by parents.


The Playroom, open daily 9.30am–5pm, is registered for the care of toddlers from two and above (younger Smiths can come too, as long as they’re supervised). Guests get the first two hours free (subject to availability); it’s £6 an hour after that. The Playroom has a sandpit and a stash of toys: dinosaurs, a dolls’ house, a play-house corner with an AGA, a train set, a dress-up box full of costumes and a craft area. There’s also a basket of wooden Heuristic toys for babies and toddlers, board games, books, DVDs and a story-telling corner. Little ones can take part in painting, crafts, picnics and treasure hunts. Playroom staff will take children pond-dipping or bug-hunting.  

Kids Club

The Zone is designed for teenagers, and has a Sony PlayStation 3, SingStar, table football, pool table, a sound system with CD player and iPod docks, and internet access. Giant bean bags and leather sofas add to the relaxed vibe. The Zone is unsupervised and stays open until 9pm.  


Babysitters are available for £15 an hour; book a day in advance.


None is provided: remember to bring your own equipment with you.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Steriliser • Bottles • Weaning spoons • Travel cot • Cot bedlinen • Soft toys • Sand pit • Crayons • Board books • Puzzles • U-rated DVDs

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Children’s cutlery • Travel cot • Cot bedlinen • Soft toys • Sand pit • Crayons • Board books • Puzzles • U-rated DVDs • Playpen • Sun tents • Swimming aids • Toddler-proof toys • Scooters • Tricycles • Bike helmets • Crayons/pens • Craft materials • Picture books • U-rated DVDs • Dressing-up box

For older children

• DVD library • Bikes to borrow • Bike helmets • Board games • Craft materials • Giant chess • Doll's house • Lego • Ping-pong table • Wii consoles • XBox • PlayStation • U-rated DVDs • Dressing-up box


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Things to do

What with the indoor and outdoor pools, decadent spa, crèche, kids club and one of the world’s best equestrian centres all just minutes from your bedroom, it’s more a question of how to do it all in the time you’ve got.  

Sunny days

Gleneagles goes above and beyond when it comes to exciting outdoor activities: facilities include tennis courts, an equestrian school (learn to ride or play polo with Scotland’s top coach), a shooting and fishing school (master gunmen and ghillies will teach you how to shoot an arrow, shoot clay pigeons or air rifles and how to handle a rod), a gun-dog school, off-road and junior off-road driving (where little ones can drive mini Land Rover replicas around a specially designed course; older ones are given an introduction to driving skills), falconry school (learn how to handle and fly a Harris Hawk and other birds), dog training and wildlife photography. The hotel’s three championship golf courses rival some of the world’s best; there’s also a nine-hole par three course for beginners, a nine-hole pitch and putt and an 11-acre practise ground. Brush up on your ball skills with the expert coaches. There’s also the 850-acre estate to explore – go walking, cycling or jogging around the lochs. Children can also take part in football coaching on Friday nights.  

Rainy days

For little ones, there’s the Playroom with its toys and activities; for older ones, there’s the gadget-equipped Zone. The family-friendly pool holds a Splash Party every Saturday from 1.30pm until 2.30pm and daily during children’s school holidays. Nobly striving to make learning fun, the hotel runs Boffins Chemistry science demonstrations for budding academics and Spy School sessions for wannabe James Bonds. Mrs Smith can head to the hair salon and nail bar for L'Oréal, Shu Uemura, St Tropez and OPI treatments whilst Mr Smith gets a trim at the barber’s; alternatively, relax together in the spa.  

Local Guide

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Don't miss…

Blair Castle, the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl, enjoys a prime Perthshire perch – it's worth visiting for the scenery alone. There are also 30 rooms to explore and admire, plus a walled garden, ruined kirk and red deer park.

Perthshire’s gorgeous countryside and rich history (mediaeval castles, Roman camps) makes for exciting outdoors-y family holidays. You can drive to the wilderness of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs in less than an hour ( There are also plenty of local towns and castles to explore and admire. The area is rich in wildlife: go on a safari or visit one of the animal parks.

Scone Palace (+44 (0)1738 552300) is where the Scottish kings were once crowned and where the Stone of Scone resides. The grounds are gorgeous and the building itself rich in architectural detail. There’s an adventure playground and ‘tartan’ maze, plus a host of four-legged inhabitants, including June and Major the donkeys, Fly the Highland pony and some shaggy Highland cattle. Check the website for a calendar of special child-focused events. Potter around Drummond Castle Gardens in Muthill, admiring the statuary, fountains, terraces and urns (the castle itself isn’t open to the public). Do the grounds look familiar? They featured in the film Rob Roy.

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Gleneagles Hotel
Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland, Perth, Perthshire PH3 1NF, United Kingdom
Hotel setting

Ochil hills

Getting There

Gleneagles is in an 850-acre pocket of Perthshire countryside. Auchterarder, the closest town, is north of the Ochil Hills in Perth and Kinross.


Edinburgh International Airport ( receives countless daily flights from London and other UK regional hubs, as well as more than 40 European airports and New York. Budget airlines that fly here include Ryanair and easyJet.


The Caledonian Railway Company built the hotel, so it’s unsurprising that Gleneagles has its own station (on the main London to Inverness Line), just a two-minute drive away. Take the train from King’s Cross and change at Edinburgh and Perth ( Alternatively, take the sleeper train from Perth to Euston.


Perth is a 20-minute drive away; Edinburgh and Glasgow are both an hour’s drive. Put the postcode PH3 1SH into your Sat Nav: this takes you to the hotel’s estate. There are plenty of parking spaces; valet parking is offered on arrival.


Own a helicopter and want to bring it? There’s a helipad here: a triangular area along the eastern edge of the A823 Crieff road. Pilots will see a windsock on approach to the site.

Parent travel tip

Weighed down with luggage and family detritus? Send stuff ahead with First Luggage – a door-to-door luggage collection and delivery service that works in partnership with the hotel and also offers Smith members a 10 per cent discount – then hop unburdened onto the train or plane. It’s worth noting that the hotel has plenty of onsite cars and chauffeurs, if you don’t want to bring your own wheels.


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Gleneagles Hotel – has been selected and approved by parents.

Looking for your own Scottish mini-kingdom replete with kilt-clad doormen, impeccably behaved gun dogs, 850 acres, 150 whiskies, an award-winning spa, Michelin-starred dining and a bewildering wealth of outdoor activities? Look no further than Gleneagles, a grand dame of a hotel built by the Caledonian Railways (hence the building’s resemblance to a majestic Victorian train station).

Proving that there doesn’t have to be a tussle between quantity and quality, everything this 232-bedroom behemoth does, it does well. Rooms are dressed with elegance, the onsite boutiques are glamorous, the food is excellent, the bar is thorough, the grounds are flawless (though gardeners are more elusive here than rare birds of prey – you’ll see plenty of the latter at the falconry school).

Little ones simply won’t want to leave. Home life just can’t compete with the hotel’s dazzling array of outdoor pursuits, from fishing and biking and tennis and horse riding to junior off-road driving, where kids get to drive mini Land Rovers around their own safe course, playing at being Indiana Jones. Of course, no two children are the same, and Gleneagles has something for all types: Splash Parties in the pool for sociable water babies, DVDs, PlayStations, SingStar and iPods for tech-fiends, wildlife photography sessions for budding David David Attenboroughs… The only problem parents will have here is getting their wee bairns back in the car home.

Smith & Family

 ‘A palace in the glens’ is how I’ve heard Gleneagles described, and within in a minute of checking in our two little girls felt like real princesses. Amazed by the size and luxury of their own connecting bedroom, complete with their own dressing gowns and slippers (that actually fit). Spotting their two tellies, my eight-year-old, Olivia, said that she was never going to leave the suite, but having put on their robes it seemed churlish not to head down to the luxury spa for a swim before dinner. 

Appetite suitably whipped up, the girls then put a lot of thought into designing their own pizzas. After devouring their creations we headed to the Zone for some post-dinner games. And that’s pretty much how our trip went: a whirlwind of activity with girls that couldn’t be happier. Horseriding, mini Land Rovers, cycling around beautiful grounds, testing out a maze, falconry, mini golf, all punctuated by great meals. Having the little ones dress up for a more formal dinner in the Strathearn was a particular highlight. Yet somehow all this activity seemed effortless – it might have had something to do with the superb facilities complemented by wonderful staff who knew exactly how to treat the children as well as us.

Anonymously reviewed by Ross Westgate, CNBC

The Guestbook  Smith member reviews

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith & Family hotel, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what real-life family guests had to say about Gleneagles Hotel in the Guestbook below.


Stayed on

We loved

The falconry experience; both grown ups and children loved it. Very child-friendly.

Don’t expect

To get here on a budget.

Rating: 8/10 stars