Le Phenicien ~ French Barge Trip

France - Bull Herding
France - Bull Herding

Having never been to the south of France, I was delighted that I was able to travel on our Provence River Cruise program onboard the 18-passenger luxury barge Le Phenicien.  It is certainly THE way to travel; the food is outstanding and the service is second to none…a real home from home.

One of the highlights on the program was a trip to a local manade; a typical ranch, where the gardians à cheval (the local authentic cowboys) showed us how they tend the herds of bulls on their white horses.  The ranch is located in Camargue, a short distance from when Le Phenicien was docked.  On arrival we were greeted by the family who owned the range and the tour began with a display of bull herding out in the open – the weather was perfect and the display was not disappointing.  On returning to the ranch, it was of great interest to learn of the history of the horses, bulls and the ranch.  

Tasty snacks and excellent wine (amongst other delights) were supplied during the tour.  It was fascinating to discover that the family spend every day in the traditional gardians à cheval clothing – an excellent part of the program – and the family could not have been more welcoming to their visitors.  It was certainly a memorable and special experience.

By Denise McKee.  Denise has been with PerryGolf for over 10 years and is one of our team members responsible for the South Pacific programs.

Gun Dog School – Gleneagles

As the lucky owner of a black Labrador myself, I couldn’t wait to visit the Gundog School at the hotel. There was already a group of children at the kennels and they were playing with the latest puppy recruits – absolutely adorable! That was all I needed to sign up for a basic training session the next day and I had a great time with my doggie partner, Skye; she knew exactly what to do but waited for my commands so I could ‘pretend’ I was in charge!

Gleneagles - Gundog school, dog in training
Gleneagles - Gundog school, dog in training

The trainer also went through the various breeds used in Scotland for shooting parties and it was very informative as well as good fun. Would love to bring my own girl to stay in the guest’s kennels next time and maybe tackle one of the field courses.

The Gundog School is one of the many activities available at Gleneagles. To read about the Equestrian School, Falconry, Fishing and Shooting (to name a few), click here to check out the website.

By Yvonne Shaw. Yvonne has now been with PerryGolf for over 10 years and is a member of our admin team.