The iconic and luxurious Perthshire hotel and estate provides the perfect base for exploring all the hidden hiking trails the area has to offer.
Scotland’s hiking trails are world renowned for their breathtaking beauty. Whether you are taking a day trip down to the highlands, or staying for a well-deserved weekend break, Scotland’s most iconic five-star hotel and country estate, Gleneagles, is surrounded by the most magnificent scenery that Perthshire has to offer.
Take the opportunity to discover mile after mile of gorgeous Scottish scenery on the numerous trails bordering the Gleneagles estate. With routes suitable for all – from beginners, to families, to seasoned hikers – an enchanting day out surrounded by charming woodland and stunning waterfalls is next up on your bucket list.
You have the choice of enjoying your own company with self-guided walks on and off the Gleneagles estate or joining a guided walk with Gleneagles trail experts at the Glen Devon Estate. For a real treat, Gleneagles also offers full day guided walking adventures designed around each guest’s needs.
To whet your appetite, why not browse this list detailing some of the most spectacular walks that surround the Gleneagles estate – of varying degrees of difficulty and duration.
Westerly Wander, Gleneagles
A comfortable, one-hour-long loop across even terrain is a pleasant warm up to prepare yourself for longer outings! Head out from The Trail Yard at the Gleneagles Hotel, and take in delightful countryside views at your leisure, before returning to plan your next escapade! This is an ‘on property’ walk and is sign posted within the hotel grounds.
Another easy, self-guided walk from the hotel is the Auchterarder Circular. Taking just two hours, this gentle circuit acquaints you with the small local town of Auchterarder, famous for its very long High Street. You can take in the charming countryside views on this trail, with stunning landscapes such as the Ochill Hills, Grampian Mountains, and Craig Rossie on your way. The route is a mix of paved and hard surfaces and is a very easy walk, in close proximity to the hotel and golf courses – so you are never too far from home.
Gleneagles, Blackford Circular
A self-guided ‘off property’ walk, the Blackford hike, is a delightful circular route which takes you from Gleneagles via both the Upper and Lower Glendevon Reservoirs. With a medium degree of difficulty, the walk is just over 11 miles and is a mixture of hill tracks, farm tracks and very minor roads. The terrain is normally good underfoot, with very little of the bog land associated with some of the area. Stop off in Blackford for refreshments, the town is home to Highland Spring water and the Tullibardine whisky distillery.
There are lots of riverside walks and enchanting woodland trails in the countryside surrounding Gleneagles. Just 40 minutes from the hotel is another self-guided walk, Hermitage Wood, filled with towering trees, natural pools and roaring waterfalls. The perfect walk for all the family – including those with waggy tails – this easy woodland circular route takes around two and a half hours. There is also a number of quaint dog-friendly pubs nearby, including the Taybank, which is renowned for its cosy atmosphere and live music.
For more information on local walks in the Perthshire and Kinross area, visit here.
A real treat for anyone visiting the Gleneagles area is a guided walk at the Glen Devon Estate.
Cairn Walk is a moderately challenging upland hill walk through the beautiful landscapes of a traditionally managed Scottish estate. With the knowledge and experience of an expert guide, learn about the history and legends of the Glen, as well as the fauna & flora along this beautifully picturesque part of Glen Devon. Taking just three hours, the walk costs £375.00 per vehicle and £50.00 per passenger up to a maximum of four passengers.
Drovers Road Walk
This is an easy-going two hour and magnificently scenic walk along the old Glen Devon Drovers route, offering guests charming views over the Gleneagles estate. Learn about the history of Scotland’s ancient drovers’ roads dating back to 1359. A look back in time where your guide will talk you through the day and life of a Scottish Highland Drover. The walk costs £375.00 per vehicle and £50.00 per passenger up to a maximum of four passengers.
Guided Hikes & Munro’s
For the ultimate Gleneagles walking experience, treat yourself to a full day out with an epxert. Choose from big hills like Ben Lawyers to mountains and Munros such as Stuc A’Chroin, Ben Vorlich, Meall Nan Tarmachan, Ben Chonzie and the well-known Schiehallion. With incredible views overlooking Loch Rannoch, the guided walking adventures are designed around the guests wishes. They cost £850 per walking party with a maximum party size of four.
After so much time spent indoors and without travel, summer provides the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and immerse yourself in beautiful countryside, taking in the spectacular mountain views and local scenery around the Gleneagles resort. There are so many hidden gem hiking trails to discover, your greatest challenge will be which one to do next!