The Best Spa and Wellness Retreats to Book in Scotland

Portavadie has sweeping views across Loch Fyne to the Isle of Arran
Portavadie has sweeping views across Loch Fyne to the Isle of Arran | Courtesy of Portavadie / Expedia
Siobhan Warwicker

Harnessing the healing power of water and the nourishing benefits of the coastline’s seaweed and salt, Scottish spa culture is often an earthy, elemental experience. As if this land of mountains and lochs weren’t tranquil enough, these spa and wellness hotels in Scotland will rejuvenate you after a hard day’s hiking in the Highlands or a day of sightseeing in Edinburgh or Glasgow – all bookable with Culture Trip.

1. Dunkeld House Hotel, for seaweed wraps in Dunkeld

Hotel, Luxury

Dunkeld House Hotel exterior with trees and water in front, hills beyond
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The conservatory-lined mansion housing this ravishing Scotland spa hotel sits amid manicured lawns. Amidst the wild, colour-rich beauty of the hotel grounds, you can choose from activities such as clay pigeon shooting and off-road driving. Rooms are stylishly contemporary with rich leather headboards, whilst colours throughout echo the gorse and heather of the landscape. There are views over the grounds from the large indoor pool, a hot tub, and treatments using Highland products from seaweed wraps to sea-salt exfoliation.

2. Fonab Castle Hotel, for a scented relaxation room in Perthshire

Spa Hotel, Hotel

Exterior of imposing castle-like Fonab Castle Hotel, surrounded by grass with Bentley in front
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There’s an otherworldly beauty to the landscapes of Highland Perthshire, and Fonab Castle Hotel & Spa is a glorious five-star hotel and spa in Scotland. This red-brick turreted castle has sumptuous rooms, some with balconies overlooking loch views and featuring freestanding bathtubs. The Woodland Spa, in a separate building, includes a pool, a spa pool, a sauna and a scented aroma relaxation room, a steam room, an outdoor resistance pool and an outdoor hot tub.

3. Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel, for signature bathing treatments Glasgow

Spa Hotel, Hotel

Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel indoor bath in darkness with small LED lights
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This five-star landmark hotel occupies an opulent Georgian building, but the star of the show is its award-winning spa, where subtle lighting illuminates a world of serenity that feels far from Glasgow’s streets. The hot-cold, wet-dry experience takes you between a laconium, saunarium, tepidarium and hydrotherapy pools, while the treatment menu brings bathing to a new level – try the Hebridean seaweed bath, or pain-relieving CBD oils for the water and your temples.

4. Old Course Hotel, for Chinese massage techniques in St Andrews

Hotel, Spa Hotel, Golf Hotel

Old Course Hotel hot tub with seats and brick walls with hydrotherapy
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Overlooking West Sands Beach on one of the world’s most famous golf courses, the 144-room Old Course had already made a name for itself before it became the first Kohler spa experience outside the USA. It’s centred around the healing power of water, and you can hop between hot and cold pools or simply breathe in fresh air from the rooftop garden hot tub. Spa treatments include Catch the Breath, in which tui na Chinese massage techniques are used to calm and rebalance you.

5. Golf View Hotel and Spa, for local wellness products in Nairn

Spa Hotel, Hotel

Golf View Hotel and Spa indoor pool with seating area and lounger chairs
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It’s easy to see why Nairn, a popular spa town in Victorian times, located on the Moray coast of the Highlands, has long been prized for its fresh air and healing qualities. The calming coastal setting is fully embraced here, and as well as an indoor pool and outdoor hot tub overlooking the Moray Firth, the spa uses products sourced from the Western Isles.

6. Apex City Quay Hotel and Spa, for Japanese-themed treatments in Dundee

Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel

Massage table in spa room at Apex City Quay Hotel and Spa
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Dundee’s most lavish spa lies in this cool quayside hotel, which comes with views of the River Tay from the swimming pool windows. Rotate between the herbal-infused steam room, sauna and warm hydrotherapy spa pool, before pondering which treatment you’ll have in the Japanese-themed Yu Spa. Top-quality Elemis products deliver luxury massages and facials, and the natural healing art of reiki is also on offer, to help you feel rebalanced and revived.

7. Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa, for a mud chamber in Edinburgh

Hotel, Luxury

Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa, Edinburgh with hydrotherapy pool lit up blue with wood panels
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With a rooftop pool from which you can watch the sun go down over the city, a series of hot and cold spa rooms and a state-of-the-art fitness studio, the Sheraton takes wellness seriously. Treatments in the One Spa are designed with the rejuvenation of body and mind. If you enjoy getting down and dirty, you’ll have fun with the Serail Mud Chamber, which involves applying mud to your own body and face and letting it dry before the chamber then fills with gentle steam.

8. The Balmoral Hotel, for Sicilian botanical treatments in Edinburgh

Hotel, Luxury

Balmoral Hotel indoor pool with loungers and led lights
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City sightseeing can be hard work, but the Balmoral, located on the capital’s thoroughfare of Princes Street, can help you recuperate. It has a relaxing pool area complete with Finnish sauna and Turkish steam room, but the real magic happens at its spa treatments, such as the Forte Body Ritual, in which oils from Sicilian botanicals help to restore physical and emotional balance. Embrace the hotel’s glamorous vibe by combining a spa visit with a champagne afternoon tea.

9. Portavadie, for an infinity pool in Argyll

Spa Hotel, Hotel

Portavadie lounge area in cream and wood with Loch Fine view
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The relaxation space at this sleek Scandi-inspired hotel works in harmony with its environment, thanks to floor-to-ceiling views across Loch Fyne to the Isle of Arran. Spa treatments use either Outer-Hebrides-developed Ishga products, which harness healing qualities of Scottish seaweed and spring water from the Isle of Lewis, or Decléor’s powerful essential oils. Outside, the infinity pool is the perfect place to inhale the fresh West Highlands air.

10. Trigony House Hotel, for a private micro-spa in Dumfries and Galloway

Spa Hotel, Hotel

Trigony House Hotel exterior with lawns and seating area
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At this pretty honey-hued house in the woods, there’s a secret at the bottom of the garden. It’s what the hotel describes as a boutique micro-spa – a private space where you can relax in nature, featuring a wood-fired Swedish hot tub and a Finnish sauna cabin with views of the rolling Nithsdale valley. A secluded treatment room offering massages, facials and reiki completes this miniature world of wellness.

Abigail Blasi contributed additional reporting to this article.

For more relaxing options, check out the best hotels with hot tubs in Scotland, or find out about the the most luxurious hotels to book in Scotland, bookable with Culture Trip. For more accommodation options, book one of the best hotels in Scotland. Or are you headed to Balmoral Castle? Discover where you can stay nearby.

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