Spa Breaks Scotland - Our Guide


Let’s be honest, there are at least 6 months of the year when Scotland is just coooooold....!!! I think especially in January after the indulgence of Christmas, you are just so ready to be cleansed, massaged and rejuvenated in a warm and beautiful spa.

 

So where are the best places to head for a spa break or spa day? For a bit of “me time”, allowing you to recharge, relax and revive? Well of course, Scotland offers some amazing spas in stunning locations that will do just the thing! The list put together here may contain some spas you've heard of and hopefully some you haven't. We've tried to get a good coverage of locations across the country. All of the spas here also offer accommodation, apart from the Coach House and at the time of writing, Cameron House Hotel was yet to re-open. (This list represents an entirely genuine view - no one here has paid to be on this list.) Thanks for reading.

 

Fletcher's Cottage Spa, North Berwick…

 

Fletcher's Cottage is a rustic, scandi-inspired luxury spa offering 12 treatment rooms where you will experience world renowned brands such as Sisley, Aromatherapy Associates and Beatitude. The spa offers a marine steam and an aroma sauna, a Rasul Mud Experience for one or two people, Himalayan salt brick room and two relax areas.

 

Spoil yourself with a private calming bath hut located within the herb garden, surrounded by a log burner. Vogue stated that Fletcher’s Cottage is one of the Best Spa Breaks in the UK, describing it as “an astonishingly recharging weekend” – need I say anymore!!

 

The Coach House, Perthshire…

 

The Coach House is situated within the stunning grounds of Kinross Estate. Transformed from the original old stable courtyard, The Coach House is now a simply designed boutique spa offering a little bit of heaven. There is a really exclusive feel to this spa due to its location in a peaceful corner of the estate grounds.

 

The spa offers a range of facilities including a hydrotherapy pool, sauna, cottage-style treatment rooms, relaxation area and bar snug where you can chill out and have the option to enjoy an afternoon tea. I love that the Tartan bar snug area features a mezzanine level which boasts a beautiful view over Loch Leven.

 

Luxury products Kerstin, Florian and Aromatherapy Associates are the products of choice at the Coach House.

 

The Spa at Gleneagles…

 

The spa at Gleneagles is one of an elite group of destinations in the world nominated as a true luxury spa resort - absolutely world-class and definitely the best in Scotland! ESPA has put together an extensive list of treatments which are guaranteed to make you feel amazing, this, alongside the peaceful surroundings of the spa itself makes for the perfect place to enjoy a well-deserved treat. Complete indulgence and pampering. You’re worth it!

 

Stables Spa, Argyll…

 

Stables Spa at the Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa & Golf situated on its own island on the west coast of Scotland, provides an oasis of tranquillity. The hotel offers spa suites which have their own garden and private hot tub allowing you to enjoy a glass or two in total privacy. Over at the main spa, natural brands - ishga and ESPA - have been carefully selected to create invigorating treatments which will benefit your mind, body and soul.

 

I love that Stables Spa uses locally-harvested seaweed in their treatments which has many anti-oxidants and anti-ageing properties.

 

The Spa at Cameron House, Loch Lomond…

 

The Spa at Cameron House is actually located two-miles from Cameron House Hotel itself. Cameron House tragically had a bad fire and is still getting re-furbed (January 2020). But lucky for us, the Spa is still open! There are a whopping 17 treatment rooms!, where you will experience luxury ESPA and Carita treatments.

 

The spa includes a VIP couple’s room with a mineral bath, steam room and private balcony – making it the ultimate romantic experience where together you can slide into a total bliss of relaxation. The high point of this spa has got to be the rooftop infinity pool, which gives views over the golf course and into the distance - the stunning Scottish scenery of the west coast.

 

One Spa at the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh…

 

The soft lighting and rich wood interior set a calming ambience, making you feel relaxed as soon as you step into One Spa. This award-winning spa offers a faultless combination of energy, water and heat to de-stress your mind and body. The ESPA treatments at One Spa smell incredible, I actually use this brand myself.

 

The highlight of the spa has got to be the outdoor hydro pool – there is something so pleasant about the feeling of the cold, fresh air on your face whist your body is submerged in a perfectly heated pool – bliss!!

 

Gleddoch Hotel Imperia Spa, near Glasgow…

 

The award-winning spa at Gleddoch offers a totally luxurious spa escape in THE most beautiful setting. The spa sits up the hill, higher than the hotel, in a building all to itself, and offers breath-taking views over the Clyde Estuary and Renfrewshire. The outdoor terrace area features a hot tub, allowing you to take in those stunning views in the best possible way. AMAZING!

ELEMIS and ishga products are used by the therapists at to deliver an array of body treatments for the ultimate indulgent spa experience close to Glasgow.


 

Kholer Waters Spa, The Old Course Hotel, St Andrews…

 

Kohler Waters Spa at the Old Course Hotel has recently undergone a multi-million-pound revamp and extension. It is home to the first Kohler spa experience outside the USA where you’ll have the luxury of experiencing the therapeutic powers of water through their speciality thermal suite and pool alongside specialised treatments.

 

High-end brands such as Voya, Phytomer and Comfort Zone are used within their variety of treatments and experiences at Kohler Waters Spa. I should also add that there is a rooftop outdoor hot tub and a lovely gym suite too. Then treat yourself to the calorie top-up of an afternoon tea in the Pavillion afterwards!

 

Guerlain Spa at the Waldorf Hotel…

 

The spa at Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh is the first and only Guerlain Spa in the U.K., using the very finest Guerlain products with patented techniques and practices dating back to the inauguration of the spa's esteemed Parisian counterpart, L'Institut Guerlain, in 1939. This spa is absolutely gorgeous and certainly possesses all the luxury and glamour of its Champs-Élysées counterpart!

 

What better way to wind down after a long day of sightseeing in Edinburgh than a visit to this fabulous spa. There’s a whole range of facilities including five tranquil Guerlain Cabins, one VIP Dual Suite, a relaxation lounge, beauty rooms, as well as a fitness room, swimming pool, steam room and sauna.

 

Fonab Castle Hotel and Spa, Pitlochry…

 

Enjoy a day of total relaxation at Fonab Spa where there is an array of Matis treatments to suit whatever your heart desires.

 

Forget about all of life’s worries in the thermal suite, aroma relax room, steam room or sauna – whatever you choose, you’re sure to be left feeling relaxed and reinvigorated.

 

Portavadie, Loch Fyne…

If you are searching for a relaxing break then this award-winning contemporary spa resort on the shores of Loch Fyne offers something completely unique to the Highlands on the west coast of Scotland.

Facilities include: an outdoor heated infinity pool, hydro pool, as well as tranquil treatment and relaxation spaces. Additionally, therapists provide spa and beauty treatments from brands such as DECLÉOR and Ishga.

 

Loch Fyne Hotel & Spa…

Loch Fyne Hotel & Spa is a charming countryside hotel situated right next to Loch Fyne, in the beautiful west coast village of Inveraray.  The spa here is wonderful – a great place to pamper yourself after a long day of exploring the stunning countryside that surrounds the hotel.  There’s an indoor pool, jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and an outdoor hot tub for you to enjoy.  You’ll be in awe of the incredibly beautiful views of Loch Fyne from the pool area.

The spa uses ishga Scottish seaweed skincare products, rich in vitamins, minerals and natural antioxidants that will leave your skin glowing.

The best part? This indulgent treat is great value for money – you can get a mid-week spa break here for £69.50!!

 

Golf View Nairn…

Set amidst the stunning scenery of Nairn, the spa offers beautiful views out over the Moray Firth which can be enjoyed from both the heated indoor pool and jacuzzi, as well as the outdoor hot tub. The spa has both a single and dual treatment room – perfect for solo travellers, romantic breaks or a treat with a friend.  Invigorating ishga products are used for a rejuvenating touch of organic opulence that leaves your skin detoxified, hydrated, glowing and super soft.

 

So, if you’re searching for a spa break, spa day or spa weekend - retreat to one of these amazing spas in Scotland – Chic Scotland only lists the very best!

By the way, an important tip – www.treatwell.co.uk have some fabulous spa deals for many of these Scottish spas on their website – worth checking out.

There will never be enough time to do all of the things on your to do list, so make a little time for what matters!

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29 Jan 2020


By Sarah