When it comes to spa holidays in Scotland might not seem as obvious a destination as the Far East or Caribbean. Look closer though and you can enjoy all the luxury of a spa break, while surrounded by some of Europe's most majestic scenery.
The MacDonald Crutherland House (www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk) near East Kilbride, is a magnificent 18th-century country mansion, restored to offer 21st-century spa facilities. The Vital Health and Wellbeing Club offers relaxing views over the lavish grounds.
Swim a few lengths in the heated pool before sampling the sauna and steam rooms. In the beauty salon, therapists offer a wide range of massages, facials, envelopments, manicures and pedicures. A one-night bed-and-breakfast stay including full use of the facilities and a 30-minute spa treatment costs from £65 per person from www.spabreaks.com.
Stobo Castle (www.stobocastle.co.uk) in Peeblesshire in the Scottish Borders, is the perfect location for a tranquil spa escape. The castle is on raised ground, shaded by trees, overlooking a picturesque loch.
Its spa and beauty treatments cover every conceivable requirement, from facials and massages to alternative treatments like reflexology and kinesiology. Men are not forgotten; there is a wide range of treatments to suit male visitors.
Packages are available to fit most budgets, with the options to treat yourself to ultimate luxury, or to enjoy the setting at affordable prices. The summer special offers start at £99 per person per night. This includes dinner, breakfast and lunch and unlimited use of the spa facilities. You can also join in the fitness and aqua classes and the guided country walks and tour of the Japanese Water Gardens, making it one of the best deals for spa holidays in Scotland.