Luxury hotel teams up with bike company

Ride the trails around Gleneagles with the Shand Adventure Experience.

The iconic Perthshire Estate, Gleneagles, has partnered with Scottish bike brand, Shand, to offer guests expert-led cycling experiences on Shand’s bespoke Stoater bikes – built specifically for guests of the hotel. Designed to traverse a multitude of terrain, it is the Stoater’s versatility which make them perfect for Gleneagles’ 850-acre surrounds. To mark the launch, Gleneagles has introduced a dedicated one-night Shand Adventure experience for cycling pros and enthusiasts alike.

Designed by experienced adventure cyclist and Shand ambassador, Stuart Allan, guests will have a choice of three trails encompassing contrasting landscapes in the Perthshire countryside. The trails are varied and include a glorious 43km Glendevon Gravel route, a 56km Drummond Castle Circuit and a longer 92km Loch Earn Loop.

As part of the newly introduced experience, guests will have the opportunity to ride with one of Gleneagles’ expert guides in tow before pit-stopping for a scenic picnic midway, where there will be an opportunity to spot osprey and red kites flying overhead. Once back at the hotel, guests are invited to recuperate with one of the hotel’s newly introduced botanical treatments in the recently refreshed spa designed specifically for recovery.

In ensuring the bikes’ versatility, Shand – who design, build and assembles bespoke bikes in Livingston – have used derailleur cogs in the back wheel and have implemented a Rohloff hub to protect the gears from dirt and dust. The bikes are also fitted with an efficient carbon belt drive instead of a standard metal chain to ensure smooth cycling.

Gleneagles’ Director of Leisure, Colin Farndon said: