Grit & Glamour: The Great Adventure Race Returns To Gleneagles This May

If you love the thrill of a new challenge, mark your calendar for the return of Great Adventure Race, an upcoming Scottish weekend of adrenaline meets opulence

Following the success of the inaugural Great Adventure Race at Gleneagles, Perthshire, in 2019, entries are once again open for the weekend-long endurance competition.

Taking place from 13 – 15 May 2022 and open to teams of two men, women or a mixed team, all abilities are welcome on the 55-km-long route, comprising; a 4km canoe across a loch, a 16km run over the most stunning summit in Perthshire, and a 35km cycle through local country roads.

The two-day experience is one of the world’s most luxurious endurance competitions, with breath-taking scenery, incredible food, and famously warm Scottish hospitality at a 5-star destination.

After arriving on Friday at the 850-acre Gleneagles Hotel estate, set beneath the Ochil Hills, register and meet fellow brave adventurers, before carb-loading and feasting on a pre-race menu, which is specially designed for giving competitors maximum energy. Enjoy a cheeky nightcap in the decadent Century Bar where the menu boasts over 100 single malt whiskies to try. Or grab an early night – racers are guaranteed a restful nights’ sleep in one of the luxurious and spacious Estate rooms.

Expect heavenly king-sized beds, fluffy cushions, cosy slippers, and the feeling of staying in a hotel where every single nook and cranny has been designed to be a warm and inviting home from home. The next morning, fuel up with an epic breakfast at the Strathearn Restaurant – both deliciously hearty and healthy options are on offer – and try to settle any pre-race nerves. 

After crossing the finish line on the hotel’s iconic driveway, be met with the sound of bagpipes, Champagne, and sumptuous ‘race recovery canapes’. Attendees are invited to don their finest evening wear, and attend a glamorous private dinner and prize giving in Ochil House, where undoubtedly tales and tribulations of the day will unfold.

On Sunday, it’s back to recovery – take it easy with a dip in the outdoor thermal pool to warm the body and soul alike, and don’t forget to visit the sauna and steam room to further aid the recovery of undoubtedly sore muscles. Guests are invited to book a treatment in the new Spa at Gleneagles – a soothing haven from everyday stresses, with beautiful spaces for relaxation, restoration and rejuvenation. Or perhaps take the chance to explore the Glorious Playground that is Gleneagles – with over 50 outdoor pursuits and activities on offer – before heading home.

A tough but incredibly rewarding weekend, the Great Adventure Race is perfect for those looking for a post-pandemic adrenaline rush – the chance to both try something new and experience a memorable stay at the world-famous Gleneagles Hotel.

Make it happen
Wallet: Entry costs from £1,995 per team (based on a two-night stay for two people sharing a twin or double room). All meals, race equipment and on course nutrition are included in the entry fee.
When: 13 – 15 May 2022.
How: For more information and to book a place at The Great Adventure Race* at The Gleneagles Hotel, visit

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