Gleneagles spices up summer with new kids programme
Newly launched “Gleneaglets” makes kids feel at home – pony included
The Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland’s 5-star resort, kicks off summer with Gleneaglets, a new children’s amenities programme, and bigger exciting activities.
Launching 1 June and available year-round, young hotel guests (aka Gleneaglets) will receive special gifts upon arrival to make them feel at home. Amenities include a special check-in card, a Gleneagles activity and puzzle book, and kid-friendly welcome favours such as sweet indulgences or a stuffed toy Gleneaglets mascot, Oscar the Shetland pony.
The summer holiday brings fun programs to its younger guests. From June 27 – August 30, 2015, children are invited to partake in daily summer adventures such as pony caregiving and riding, golf camps, tennis programmes, country pursuits and more on the 850-acre countryside estate. Here’s what’s in store for Gleneaglets this summer:
– Own a Pony
Under the watchful eye of Gleneagles’ equestrian experts, children will learn how to properly care for Scotland’s indigenous Shetland ponies. Before a riding lesson, kids six years of age and up can groom, cuddle and tend to the pony’s stable. Cost: £75 per child.
– Junior Golf Camps
Throughout July and August, Scotland’s only PGA National Golf Academy will offer a two-day junior golf camp to teach the fundamentals of the game. Participants will play on the nine-hole Academy Course and the Pitch & Putt course, before having the chance to play the three championship golf courses on property. Two-hour camps are offered July 7-8, July 20-21, and August 3-4. Cost: £80 per child.
Junior Development Programme: Begins July 6, 2015
Created for ages 5-14, this five-day clinic is designed for beginners. Gleneagles’ Senior Performance Tennis Coach Adam Brown will teach the basics for an hour per day. Cost: £60 (£15 per day).
Junior Pro Week: Begins July 20, 2015
Designed for competitive tennis players ages 10-18, Adam Brown’s program focuses on improving technical, tactical, physical and mental elements of each player’s game. This intense 30-hour per week training program helps participants gain insight into a pro’s training regimen. Guests will play for six hours per day, Monday through Friday, in the newly opened Gleneagles Arena, which features four indoor all-weather tennis courts. Cost: £175 (£40 per day).
– Children’s Country Sports Passport
Gleneagles provides world-class sporting schools for children to gain the ultimate educational outdoor experience. Local experts teach the art of falconry, clay shooting and archery as well as gundog training, fishing and junior off-road driving in mini Land Rovers through hands-on instruction. Cost: £352 per child.
The resort also offers complimentary golf to children 15 years and younger with a paying adult, guided segway tours throughout the property, pizza making at Deseo (Gleneagles’ casual family dining restaurant) and dedicated areas for play: The Playroom and The Zone. The Playroom is a supervised area for children ages two and up, and features arts & crafts, costumes for dress up, board games, DVDs and toys. Stays include two free hours per day and additional time is available for purchase. The Zone is a place for teens to meet and interact on-property and includes video games, computers, an interactive TV and sound system.