Scotland’s most iconic country hotel has appointed a dedicated ‘Outdoor Adventures’ Manager to help younger guests and their families make the most of the 850-acre Perthshire estate this October half-term holiday, Saturday 3rd October to Sunday 1st November.

While opportunities for international jet-setting remain limited, Gleneagles reopened its doors and grounds in July to many Scots looking for short breaks closer to home, where they can explore all the great outdoors has to offer.


Alan McGonagle, 34, from Loch Lomond, has taken on the exciting new position at Gleneagles to lead the hotel’s brand new ‘Adventurer’s Guide’ – a programme of over 50 different activities designed to encourage kids to get outside and explore nature.




With a lifelong passion for the outdoors, Alan’s most recent role was Manager of Pinkston Watersports in Glasgow; a community paddle sports hub and home to Scotland’s only artificial whitewater course. He brings years of adventure experience to his role at Gleneagles, which will see him deliver a host of new outdoor activities that use Perthshire’s beautiful natural landscape to educate, entertain and inspire.


Available on select school holiday periods throughout the year, Gleneagles’ guests aged 3 years and above are invited to leave their digital devices behind and participate in nature-based activities like fishing and watersports on Laich Loch, woodland skills, creating picture frames using natural materials foraged from around the estate, and gathering flowers, ferns, twigs and twine to make natural paint brushes. Parents and families are allowed to join in the fun, too, on a family bug hunt or a tour of Gleneagles’ stables.




Commenting on his new role, Alan said: “As someone who has always loved the outdoors, it’s a joy to be able to say my full-time job involves using that passion and experience to help create positive nature-based learning experiences for our younger guests and their families.


“Developing our new Adventure programme has been my top priority since joining the team. There’s a noticeable demand for outdoor-based activities that get children away from screens, especially after being cooped up for so long over the last few months. Our ambition is to help young people develop knowledge and appreciation for the precious natural environment around them and encourage outdoor play.


“Gleneagles’ 850-acre estate of Scottish countryside has so much to offer guests of any age; we’re not called the Glorious Playground for nothing. We know how incredibly lucky we are in Scotland to have some of the most spectacular natural assets right on our doorstep.”




With its ethos that (almost) everything the adults can do, the younger guests can enjoy too, Gleneagles’ year-round programme of country pursuits and adventures offers a vast array of activities to suit guests of all ages, including clay shooting, archery, falconry, gundog training, off-road driving, fishing, riding and cycling. Gleneagles also offers Little Glen, a vibrant and fully supervised crèche for young children and The Den, an adventure hangout for tweens and teens. 


All Adventurer’s Guide activities must be pre-booked and are available for hotel residents only. Sessions are chaperoned by a Gleneagles expert team member, costs start at £25 per child and are approximately one hour in length depending on the activity. Bookings can be made by calling 01764 694 455. For more information, please visit:


The activities will be available on the following dates: Saturday 3rd October to Sunday 1st November.




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