With its rolling hills, bubbling burns (that’s Scottish for small stream) and wooded glens, there is no better time to visit Scotland than the summer. Also, we hear it gets rather dark up there in winter. If you’ve had enough of hot towns and summer in the city (great song but it does get awfully sweaty, doesn’t it?) then make your way to Kinlochard, Aberfoyle, where – nestled in acres of natural woodland – you’ll find this week’s spa of the week: Macdonald Forest Hills.
Located just 20 minutes from Stirling, 40 minutes from Glasgow and less than an hour from Edinburgh, Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel and Spa, in the heart of Rob Roy country, is as far removed from fast-paced life as you could imagine. Set within 25 acres of landscaped gardens and woodlands known as The Trossachs, this stunning four star hotel and spa provides the perfect setting for weddings, hen dos (of the civilised variety) and general escapism.
The spa at Forest Hills is one of Macdonald Hotels' 24 spa sanctuaries across the UK, and it lives up to the brand’s reputation for style, luxury and comfort. As guests might guess from the beautiful gardens surrounding the property, inside the magnificent walls the décor is elegant and traditional – think period pieces, grand fireplaces and touches of tartan.
Head towards the spa and things get a little more modern, with facilities including an 18-metre swimming pool, gym, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and relaxation lounge. Outdoors (weather-permitting) there are also scenic trails for rambles, cycling and fresh country air.
Back in the spa guests can choose from a varied menu of facials, scrubs, wraps, and massages (using products from Elemis), as well as manicures and pedicures by nail brand Jessica. Indulge in one of the spa’s pampering day or overnight packages and you can spend hours enjoying the facilities inside and out. Opt for one including cream tea (you can’t beat the Two Night Getaway Spa Break) and have your cake and eat it on the terrace, overlooking Loch Ard and Ben Lomond.
If your summer holiday’s been and gone, not yet booked, or simply not long enough, treat yourself to a wee getaway to the bonnie, bonnie banks of Aberfoyle. Take a look at The Spa at Macdonald Forest Hills’ venue page where you can book your escape now.
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