As part of the ‘Top Places to Visit’ series, we loved providing inspiration on how to spend the day in various locations. To conclude this series, I will be discussing some of the amazing places and attraction sites to visit within Auchterarder & Gleneagles Village. These include a fun golfing day at Auchterarder Golf Club, discovering how your favourite alcoholic drinks are made in the Tullibardine, Glenturret and Dewars Distilleries, visiting The Inerpeffray Library and utilising the relaxing features within the Gleneagles Hotel. If looking to book your holiday in Auchterarder & Gleneagles Village, click here to see accommodation in the area.
Auchterarder Golf Club
If looking for a fun golfing expedition, why not visit the Auchterarder Golf Club. The golf centre is open all year round and offers scenic views of Gleneagles and the Ochil Hills. There are a variety of golf courses that offer a challenge ranging from beginners to those with golfing experience. The golf club also offers a range of snacks if feeling peckish in the Bar and Lounge area, alongside hot meals in their Dining Room. All their dishes are prepped using the freshest ingredients and are delivered with first class service!
Gleneagles Hotel and Golf Club
If wanting to spend a relaxing day, the Gleneagles Hotel has various facilities such as golfing, spa and wellness activities as well as food and drinks. Gleneagles is considered the greatest name in the world of golf, featuring three of Scotland’s top golfing courses and hosting exciting events such as The Ryder and Solheim Cups. The hotel offers beautiful golf courses such as The King’s Championship Golf Course, The Queen’s Championship Golf Course, The PGA Centenary Championship Golf Course as well as The Wee Course. A well as golfing, Gleneagles offers lovely spa and wellness activities to help you move, recover and restore. This includes lovely spa options such as the Resident Spa and Day Spa, a Wellness Retreat alongside Gym and swimming facilities. The hotel also offers lovely fine dining and drinks experience in their lovely restaurants such as The Dormy, Cafes such as The Garden Café and a selection of bars such as The Century Bar.
There are various distilleries in the area such as the Tullibardine Distillery, Glenturret Distillery and Dewars Distillery. The Tullibardine Distillery is located in the village of Blackford, considered the gateway to the Highlands. The Tullibardine Distillery is a family owned distillery that has been producing handcrafted, single malt Scottish whisky for decades. The distillery offers a range of fine drinks from their “Marquess Collection”, their signature ranges to their “Custodians Collection.” Visitors are also able to go on a tour which gives valuable insight into the art of distillation. The tours are hosted by one of their experts and visitors can choose the Classic Tour or Bonded Tour. The Classic Tour is a 45-minute tour which showcases the whisky making process from start to finish, which ends with a taste testing of two single malts. The Bonded Tour is a 90-minute tour which depicts the process in more depth alongside offering additional visits to their warehouse, a taste testing of three single malts and a Tullibardine Gift Bag.
The Glenturret Distillery is one of Scotland’s oldest working distilleries, handcrafting single malt whisky since 1763. The distillery offers the finest selection of single malts in addition to locally crafted gifts for yourself or for loved ones. This includes limited editions and distillery exclusives. There’s something for everyone, whether you are new to the world of whisky or you are an avid collector and enthusiast. Alongside their single malts, the distillery offers a wide range of local gins, liquor and a fabulous selection of wines. In addition to their fine selection of drinks, the distillery also offers luxurious items from their Lalique Boutique. Founded in 1888, the boutique is the only one of its kind in Scotland and features an array of barware, perfumes, glass sculptures, homeware and so much more! The distillery also offers hand-crafted, ceramic gifts made from local artisans and craftspeople. Enjoy the whole Glenturret experience with The Glenturret Tour and The Whisky Maker’s Tour alongside tasty food at the Glenturret Lalique Restaurant.
The Dewars Distillery’s journey in producing the perfect scotch whisky first began in 1898, where their stills produced the first single malt whisky at the heart of the Dewar’s blend. The distillery offers a fully licenced bar which provides visitors with a wide range of scotch whiskies and tasting flights. The Dewars Distillery also offers an interactive heritage exhibition and a distillery shop which showcases a full range from John Dewar & Sons Fine Whisky Emporium, to their exclusive single cask ‘fill your own’ bottle. There are an array of whisky tours to embark on such as the Aberfeldy Distillery Tour, Whisky & Chocolate Tasting Tour and the Whisky Connoisseur Tour. After discovering the wonders of the whisky tours, end the day within the Whisky Lounge and café which serves freshly made lunches such as soup, sandwiches and afternoon tea.
The Inerpeffray Library
If looking to discover a unique historical site, check out The Inerpeffray Library, a tranquil place located in the heart of Scotland. The Inerpeffray Library is Scotland’s first free public lending library, founded in 1680. The library was in use by the local community until 1968. Today, visitors can read rare books from their diverse collection and can take part in their regular guided tours. Nearby the library, visitor can stroll through the graveyard to the medieval St Mary’s Chapel of Innerpeffray to admire rare wall paintings and experience timeless atmospheres and beautiful acoustics. If interested to read more about the history of The Inerpeffray Library, click here.