Nowadays, many of Scotland’s former castles and manor houses are home to hotel and spa complexes. It’s a great way to use some of the space available in these huge estates and residences.
You’ll find spas throughout the country from the Borders in the south to the Highlands and Islands up north. Some are accessible by public transport which makes them much sought-after weekend destinations. Advance bookings are therefore advised.
In most cases, treatments can be booked individually or as part of a package deal. As an example, we recently went to the spa at Houstoun House, a resort managed by the Macdonald Hotels group. This was a corporate spa day.
The aptly-named Stress Buster package included two 25-minute treatments (massages and facials), use of the spa facilities (pool, sauna, steam room, gym, lounge area) and a bento box lunch. Priced at £59 per person during weekends, we felt this was very reasonable.
Houstoun House is conveniently located close to Uphall Station, a mere 18-minute train journey away from central Edinburgh.
If you’re based in a city during your stay in Scotland and don’t have time to travel outwith, some of the big classic hotels house spas as well. For example, The Scotsman in Edinburgh, the Stirling Highland Hotel and Mar Hall just outside Glasgow.