Gleneagles, the iconic Scottish hotel and sporting estate, has added to its growing roster of important accolades after being named 'European Golf Resort of the Year 2019' at the annual IAGTO Awards.
Since opening its doors in June 1924, set beneath the Ochil Hills in the heart of Perthshire, 'The Glorious Playground' has been the must-go destination for travellers for nearly a century.
Beginning its life in the glamorous age of travel when guests arrived in great style at Gleneagles' very own train station, the 850-acre estate epitomises the natural beauty for which Scotland is famed.
Three distinct and challenging championship courses have established Gleneagles' world-class reputation in golf, but it is the glorious playground of other sports, country pursuits, culinary experiences and luxury hospitality that truly sets Gleneagles apart.
This most recent of awards – determined by member votes from the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) – was announced at a glittering ceremony in Ljubljana, Slovenia, attended by tour operators, golf and travel industry executives and international media.
It proudly sits alongside Gleneagles' 'No.1 Golf Resort in Britain & Ireland' status, from leading UK magazine, Golf World, and underlines the ongoing progress made under new owner, Ennismore – including a significant investment programme over the last two years which has transformed the hotel's spaces through fresh designs and seen the launch of three new bars, two restaurants, and a new events wing.
Conor O'Leary, General Manager of Gleneagles, commented: "Gleneagles is an authentically Scottish experience; a destination for fun and adventure in one of the most luxurious and beautiful settings imaginable. There are few places in the world that offer the same breadth of opportunities and activities we have here at The Glen.
"To receive this accolade from votes cast by the golf travel industry reflects the significant progress we continue to make in re-affirming our place in luxury hospitality."
The award also coincides with Gleneagles' preparations for two major golfing milestones in 2019: the centenary of the James Braid-designed King's and Queen's Courses and the hosting of The Solheim Cup on The PGA Centenary Course, which also welcomed The 2014 Ryder Cup.
Over the last 18 months, major renovation projects have been completed on all three championship golf courses – specifically bringing both The King’s (No.1 inland course in Scotland*) and The Queen's back to the original vision of Braid.
Ongoing investment has also seen the internal renovation of The Clubhouse including a new look Dormy restaurant, the opening of a craft beer bar, Auchterarder 70, featuring locally brewed craft ales, and an enhanced customer experience in a re-fitted Gleneagles Pro Shop.