Scotland’s Gleneagles Training, Trail and Golf Ride

The Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland is every horse rider’s dream. The Equestrian School is one of the best equipped in the world and provides facilities for every discipline of horsemanship, and at every level of experience. Facilities cover a 50 acre site and include two covered, heated arenas, a fenced, surfaced open exercise and practice arena, seating for 700 spectators, a lecture room with audio-visual equipment and two stable yards, housing 48 horses.

From the beginner to the expert, horse riding at Gleneagles offers a new level of instruction, of experience and of enjoyment. The Equestrian School is an accredited British Horse Society training and examination school, and our fully-qualified coaches teach specialist horse riding programs, including carriage driving, trail riding and cross country riding.

The Equestrian School at Gleneagles is one of the most impressive riding facilities in Europe. From sitting on the saddle for the very first time, to show jumping dressage, carriage driving, and scenic trail rides – all ages and levels of experience are welcome. Even little children can learn the foundations of riding on a Shetland pony; beginning with basic safety checks on girth and stirrups when working on balance and confidence – skills to build on in the future. The friendly staff will find you a protective hat and a pony or horse to suit your height and experience before beginning your fun, informative lesson.

Training opportunities at the Equestrian School are unique. The centre, opened in 1988 by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, is one of the most impressive horse riding facilities in the United Kingdom.

A busy and varied program of competitions is organized throughout the year, providing plenty of opportunities for students to compete. Leading trainers such as Emile Faurie, Markus Bauer, Andrew May, William Fox-pit, Jessica Kurten and Cmndt. John Ledingham are a regular feature at the School, providing specialist instructional clinics and lessons. The school maintains the standards of excellence which are expected from an establishment with this famous reputation.

Gleneagles is an AA Five Red Star golf resort hotel set in 850 acres of stunning scenery. The resort celebrated its 80th anniversary in June 2004 and was when it was opened on 7 June 1924 it was described as ‘a Riviera in the Highlands’ and ‘the eighth wonder of the world’. The former Caledonian Railway Company, with its own railway station, built the resort.

Gleneagles is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World; one of the Great Golf Resorts of the World; a founder member of Connoisseurs Scotland, the world class grouping of properties, which provide an authentic flavor of Scotland to discerning travelers; and a founder member of the Quality Scotland Foundation. Gleneagles also hosted the G8 summit of world leaders in July 2005. The hotel, often called, the ‘Palace in the Glens’, lies at the heart of Scotland, but the resort is only a one-hour motorway drive from Edinburgh and Glasgow. You can choose to enjoy the freedom of one of the least crowded countries in Western Europe or the cultural attractions of two of the continent’s great historic cities. Designed in the style of a French chateau and Capability Brown, the celebrated 18th century landscape gardener, inspired the landscaping.

Golf at Gleneagles is an unashamed pleasure. In March 1999, Gleneagles reintroduced Visitor Golf to make the three championship standard courses available to a wider audience. Playing over the immaculate greens and fairways provides unrivalled views of some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. The courses were the inspiration of two of the world’s most famous golfers, James Braid, five times winner of The Open, who designed the King’s and Queen’s, and Jack Nicklaus, Golfer of the Century, who created the PGA Centenary Course (formerly named the Monarch’s).

The 2014 Ryder Cup matches will be played over The PGA Centenary Course the venue for both the Gleneagles Scottish PGA Championships and the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.

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Dates: Sunday through Saturday

Rate: $3,070.00 USD per person in a shared room (Single Supplement: $1,485.00 USD)

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