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FAM trip to Gleneagles by Philippa Scott – February 2016

One very cold and snowy weekend in early February, I attended an educational experience at the famous Five Red Star resort Gleneagles Hotel to get a taste of what the venue has to offer. Just one hour’s drive from Glasgow and Edinburgh, The Gleneagles Hotel was built by the Old Caledonian Railway Company in 1924 in the heart of a beautiful Scottish town called Auchterarder. Set in an 850-acre estate with its own railway station, it immediately won fame as one of the world’s finest hotels.

Throughout the hotel you will find the finest comfort from the 232 luxury bedrooms and suites to the calming environment of the spacious spa by ESPA. Gleneagles boasts four restaurants including Scotland’s only two Michelin-starred restaurant Andrew Fairlie.

The also hotel offers top quality conferencing facilities that have hosted high profile dignitaries and the world’s press, as well as intimate meeting spaces ideal for presentations and product launches, Gleneagles has it all with an arena with a capacity for up to 2,250 guests! Whether you are planning a series of executive meetings for twenty in the sophisticated top floor Boardroom; a gala dinner in the grand Ballroom; or a large two-day conference in The Gleneagles Suite, a choice of fifteen elegant and versatile private event spaces guarantee plenty of choice.

The onsite Activities School offers clay target shooting, archery and trout fishing on three lochs within the resort’s estate, as well as one of Europe’s leading equestrian centres. Meanwhile, at the Gundog School, guests can learn how to handle a trained gundog, incorporating obedience, agility and handling.  Furthermore with all-weather tennis, swimming, croquet, cycling, off-road driving and the British Falconry School in the grounds, there really is something for everyone.

For those addicted to a game of golf, Gleneagles; the host of the 2014 Ryder Cup offer the chance to play on the world’s finest championship courses – The PGA Centenary Course and the stunning King’s and Queen’s Courses.

Whether it’s sipping a whisky cocktail in the Blue Bar; unwinding in the award-winning Spa by ESPA; learning to fly a Harris Hawk from your gloved hand; or soaking up the unique atmosphere of The Sommelier’s Table in The Cellars, Gleneagles offers a world of unforgettable experiences. With a stunning setting, a wealth of experience and exceptional attention to detail, The Gleneagles Hotel will take your event to a whole new level.

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