5 Bubble Spa 2017

Stobo Castle Health Spa

Stobo Castle is Scotland’s only destination spa. Guests sleep and eat in an historic crenelated castle, while a bright, modern extension at the back provides the setting for a luxurious, eco-friendly spa. The vast pool has a glass wall which overlooks the nearby hills; try the thermal rooms (a large part is for ladies only) or head upstairs to the fitness facilities. Take a moment to relax in the outdoor hot tubs or the many relaxation spaces around the spa.



  • XXL robes available
  • 25-metre indoor ozone-treated swimming pool
  • Outdoor hot tub
  • Experience showers
  • Steam room
  • Hydrotherapy pool
  • Rasul
  • Sauna (men's)
  • Single sex facilities
  • Hair studio
  • Fitness classes
  • Gym
  • Personal Trainer
  • Leisure Club
  • Spa/club shop
  • Mountain biking
  • Tennis court
  • Ice fountain
  • Guided walks (including the Japanese Water Gardens)
  • Coffee shop


  • Darphin
  • Phytomer
  • Gatineau
  • Jessica
  • Fake Bake

Our Spa Spy review

First impressions

First Impressions

A proper Scottish castle! You turn into the sweeping drive and, at the final bend, get your first view of the 200-year-old castle, surrounded by rolling hills and pine forests. The front of the building may be a castle, but at the back is a large modern extension with a contemporary spa.

If you're staying overnight, go through the covered entrance, and up the steps into the hall; the reception area is stately, complete with gilt mirrors and a full-sized suit of armour. The bedrooms, dining rooms and drawing room are in the old part of the house and have traditional furnishings.

If you're visiting for a day, you arrive in the spa-reception area of the atrium (and have a locker in a room nearby). This large space -- a relaxing area with comfortable sofas, plants, and light streaming in from the glass roof -- is the bridge between the old part of the castle and the new.

On offer

What's on offer?

The changing rooms themselves are spacious if a bit chaotic; towels and robes tend to hang here and there. The showers are functional rather than luxurious, but have wash, shampoo and conditioner. There are private spaces to change, and brackets of cleanser and moisturiser on the walls.

One of the first things you see -- and the jewel in Stobo's crown -- is the beautifully lit 25-metre ozone-treated pool. This has glass walls and an infinity edge, so you can swim while gazing at dramatic views of the countryside. Relax in one of the hanging pod chairs overlooking the pool or on one of the loungers at the side.

To one side of the pool is a large, glass-fronted, wooden-seated sauna and a smaller steam room which would seat six to eight people. In a separate, glass-walled room is a hydrotherapy pool where swan pipes deliver an excellent neck and shoulder massage.

Within the female changing area is the Ladies Health Suite which has more thermal facilities. The small aromatherapy steam room would seat six, the larger (and steamier) crystal steam room and mild laconium with dry heat would each comfortably take eight to ten people. Try the ice fountain or experience showers for cooling in between.

The three outdoor hot tubs are in a sunny courtyard. Each one seats eight and has individual controls: you can just turn and adjust the power of individual jets. We loved sitting in the warm water in the darkness, with twinkling lights above, watching the stars appear.

The well-equipped gym is brightly lit, with the cardio equipment placed so that you can look over the hills as you work out. You can book in for fitness analysis and personal training, one-to-one Pilates in the gym, or you can join the classes in the exercise studio that run throughout the day, from aerobics to yoga.

Between thermal experiences, treatments and activities, you can relax in the atrium, where comfortable seating for 30-40 people is arranged around a huge faux olive tree which has red lanterns hanging from its branches. This central area is where you wait for your treatments. To one side is a café where you can order teas, coffees, wine, Champagne, smoothies, juices, and snacks. A spa shop has products and gifts, and swimwear and slippers in case you forget your own. A very cute restroom has vintage furnishings and flocked wallpaper.

Looking to relax? Try the elegant but comfortable drawing room which has a huge fireplace, cosy sofas, and views of the hills and gardens. The relaxation room is low-lit, with orchids, ten lounger beds, and a reminder that ‘Silence is Golden’.

The grounds at Stobo are both wide and picturesque. The Japanese water garden has striking trees and flowers, bridges, and a waterfall cascading down from the lake. Take full advantage of the scenery by joining an organised guided walk, explore by bike, or take to the tennis courts.

Tell us about the treatments

Tell us about the treatments

We tried the Neom De-Stress Treatment (70 minutes; £95).

My therapist, Emma, took me upstairs from the atrium to one of Stobo's 40 treatment rooms, spacious and low-lit, with neutral tones.

We began with ‘a science of scent therapy’ test. Emma offered me four candles to smell, explaining that the one I chose would reflect what my body most needed. I was tempted by the De-Stress candle, but loved the lemon, neroli and mimosa in the Happiness candle. Besides, who doesn't want to walk out of a treatment room feeling happier than when they went in?

The treatment began with a recorded 10-minute guided meditation, asking me to focus on my breathing, before fading into soothing music. As Gemma drizzled the warm candle wax over my back and limbs, working up and down my body, I could feel myself unwind. Her massage techniques contained a blend of reflexology, shiatsu, and Thai massage. The treatment felt nurturing rather than manipulative; measured and smooth, it allowed tension to evaporate.

I had asked for no oil in my hair, so Gemma washed her hands before embarking on a scalp massage, focusing on trigger points to relieve tension in my head and neck.

I retuned to the real world feeling calm and -- yes -- just that bit happier.

My spa partner had the Caudalie Divine Body Massage (55 minutes; £65), which she pronounced very divine. She returned to the atrium visibly relaxed and wrapped in a gentle fragrance of roses and vanilla.

At Stobo, you can choose from over 80 treatments. Try facials from Darphin and Phytomer, massages ranging from Swedish to Hot Stone, and mud treatments and wraps. Alternative therapies such as reflexology, head massage, and reiki are on offer, as well as beauty treatments such as manicures, pedicures, tanning, and waxing. There is even a hair salon.

There are also specific treatments for men, who certainly won't feel alone at Stobo, and for mums-to-be.

Food facts

Food Facts

Where you eat at Stobo will depend on your package type. We ate in one of the dining rooms in the main house; these have tables for two, larger tables for friends, and shared tables for those who have come alone. The shared tables offer an opportunity to chat.

For lunch, you can dine in your robe and choose from a three-course menu. On our visit, the lunchtime cold buffet of salads and cold meats was accompanied by a choice of hot dishes including baked salmon, beef casserole and vegetarian lasagne. The food is all sourced locally, beautifully cooked and elegantly presented.

You could also have lunch in the spa café in the atrium. Try soups, salads, sandwiches, sweet treats and nibbles.

For dinner, you need to dress and dine in the main house. It's another three-course feast, ranging from soup, through your choice of meat, poultry, fish or vegetarian main course, to a selection of desserts from lemon posset to bread-and-butter pudding.

If you are staying at Stobo, breakfast is a healthy buffet of fresh fruit, yoghurt, cereals and porridge, croissants and toast, or you can order a cooked breakfast.

We loved / we didn't love

We loved / we didn't love

We loved

The fact that there is so much to do at Stobo Castle: The fabulous facilities can keep you busy all day, as you move between nineteenth-century architecture and twenty-first-century luxury, between activities and relaxation.

The fact that Stobo delivers time after time: you can rely on having a good spa day, your way.

We didn't love

Stobo is a popular spa; at times some of the facilities can feel crowded, which can be disappointing. However, just as there are busy times, there are quiet times, so you just need to be patient to have that pool all to yourself.

Who do you think would like it?

Who do you think would like it?

The Stobo experience is ideal for friends and couples, as there is so much to share. Everyone is there to spa, with no children allowed, so you have a relaxing environment.

On the other hand, as there is so much on offer, you could de-stress entirely alone.

(We tried hard, but we couldn't think of anyone who wouldn't like it.)

What bubble rating did you give this spa?

What bubble rating did you give this spa?

We once again awarded Stobo Castle a Good Spa Guide bubble rating of 5 bubbles. With top-class spa facilities, a comprehensive range of treatments, elegant interiors and delicious food, Stobo Castle is a true destination spa. Both a day or a stay will be rewarding.

Single Spy visited in August 2017 and awarded it 5 Bubbles.

Public Opinion

This spa is...

What others are saying

"The owners and staff of stobo are a really caring crowd. I have been many times and it just keeps getting better. My daughter and I get down for some chilling times. From swimming, relaxing, eating great food and the odd cocktail. What more do we need. Thanks guys and well done."

Linda miller

  • March 1, 2018 at 6:06 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic

"I have gone many times over past 20 years and seen the changes which get better and reflect our wishes perfectly . The food is delicious and you can do so much with exercise classes to relaxation and treatments and of course the big ok to just curl up and snooze ! Perfect "

Val steavenson

  • October 27, 2017 at 8:09 pm

Voted: A social spa

"I had a deluxe room, which was lovely (Elliott) and a very relaxing break. Wonderful Caudalie divine massage by the lovely Lorna. Good food but I would not say it was 5 star. I went with my husband and had a romantic time but echo what was said in the review about men's facilities. It is perfect for a chilled out luxury experience. Plan to return with my teenage daughter. "


  • October 9, 2017 at 9:13 am

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Solo Friendly Romantic

"I try to visit Stobo on an annual basis minimum and love it more and more each year. I visit on my own and it's perfect if you like to enjoy solitary relaxation but have met lots of other residents in pairs or groups who love it just as much. Special favourites; sitting in the centre court yard legs tucked up on one of the big seats drinking a green tea or milk shake (cocktail in the evening!) and reading my book, morning cup of tea and read of the papers and after dinner coffee in the beautiful mirrored drawing room, going round various water treats in the hydro pool and the food, the food is amazing. Theresa the chef is both talented and very funny, as seen on her cooking demonstration nights. Nearly forgot outside hot tubs, fabulous after dinner to go out and look at the stars whilst feeling all toasty warm. "


  • October 2, 2017 at 11:37 pm

Voted: A social spa Solo Friendly Romantic

"My friend and I go to Stobo castle every year. We have now upped our stay to four nights. It's amazing"

Catherine Fox

  • March 2, 2017 at 6:50 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic

"My friend and I go to Stobo castle every year. We have now upped our stay to four nights. It's amazing"

Catherine Fox

  • March 2, 2017 at 6:50 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic

"i have recently had a revitalisation visit to stobo with my friend and had a wonderful time. everything about it was perfect,the spa facilities, the staff, the food in fact the whole package. this was a birthday gift from my son and is the second time i've been the first time i stayed in the lodge. the only complaint i have is the gratuity fee added to the final bill. The fact that this was the first I knew about this was when i received the print out prior to me settling our bill. I don't mind tipping staff but what i do mind is being unaware of any extra costs. "

linda odonnell

  • November 18, 2016 at 2:58 pm

Voted: A social spa

"Staff at Stobo Castle Spa are very helpful and friendly. You are made feel so welcome the minute you walk through the door. It's so relaxing"

Maureen Branney

  • November 18, 2016 at 1:21 pm

Voted: A social spa Solo Friendly

"Staff at Stobo Castle Spa are very helpful and friendly. You are made feel so welcome the minute you walk through the door. It's so relaxing"

Maureen Branney

  • November 18, 2016 at 1:21 pm

Voted: A social spa Solo Friendly

"11th year with my daughter. Stobo gets better each visit. Great staff. Thanks to Jamie for the yummy cocktails. We loved the new relaxation room. Topic of the chat was the ladies rest rooms. Which are fab. Thanks to all at stobo for another great visit. Can't wait to our next one. "

Linda miller

  • April 21, 2016 at 10:00 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic

"I adore Stobo .....I've been coming for over 20 years with my girlfriend and think it has improved every year. The pool is magical first thing in the morning . The treatments outstanding , the food ( especially the lamb cooked to perfection) finally it is the staff team who make it such a pleasant experience ...nothing is too much bother. Trying to explain it to friends who haven't been and think a week abroad is cheaper is very tricky. It's not like a hotel but more like a special friends home. I love the peace and calm I experience on arrival. Sooo Looking forward to my visit in February "

Jane edgar

  • January 31, 2016 at 9:48 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic

"I was recently at Stobo Castle with a crowd of friends. We had a wonderful time so relaxed, treatments were brilliant. I attended three classes which were fun. Food was wonderful as usual. We even got the opportunity to visit the kitchen and meet the chief who cooked a beautiful dish of vension and we also got to sample it. Hot tub and all the rooms were wonderful. I can now recommend it enough we all plan to return next January."

Frances McLennan

  • January 17, 2016 at 3:56 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused

"I voted as it is the best spa I've ever been to and I've been to quite a few, staff are amazing, especially reception and reservation staff. I would highly recommend to anyone."

Dawn Buckett

  • November 17, 2015 at 8:15 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic

"I voted for you in the best spa,well done,it has been a while since I came owing to the distance,but do hope I will return in the new year.The spa is comfortable but not glizy which I love,friendly lovely staff,and not too stuffy,so I felt so relaxed and great food.The treatments are fabulous,and the place and grounds are so wonderful,don,t change it,perfect the way you are!!!"

Jean cannings

  • November 17, 2015 at 7:49 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic

"Very relaxing spa . "

Joyce Gray

  • November 17, 2015 at 5:55 pm

Voted: A social spa

"Excellent customer service and all staff friendly. I highly recommend this Spa. "

Angela Barton

  • November 17, 2015 at 3:55 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic

"In the past year I have enjoyed a day at Stobo with 2 friends and an afternoon with my daughter.The only disappointment was lunch.We all chose to have the buffet and the food was mediocre and lacking in imagination.I'm sure this can be easily rectified and I hope that the management of the Spa can address this as it puts me off buying a day package in the future."

Mrs A Green

  • November 17, 2015 at 3:45 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly

"Have had numerous day visits also and overnight one which was quite luxurious Whole ambience of Stobo is first class "

Mrs Cecilia Tosh

  • November 17, 2015 at 2:28 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused

"Have visited regularly with other'girls' so cannot comment re family or romantic! Guests usually sociable. Visits always enjoyable and therapeutic!"

Kay Jenkinson

  • November 12, 2015 at 9:35 pm

Voted: A social spa Solo Friendly

"I am a huge fan of Stobo Castle. We visit annually and whenever we can in-between. As soon as you enter the castle you just feel relaxed, The facilities are fantastic and the food is presented to a high standard. The staff are all very welcoming and efficient. Hoping to get my daughter hooked on it too in January, Top marks!"

Sandra Leslie

  • November 12, 2015 at 6:51 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly

"Although family friendly I would not take children as a consideration to other guests.I have just been there for two nights and everything was fabulous! The new Ladies Restrooms are state of the art....quite the most fabulous I have ever been in.Food,staff ,treatments, rooms and everything else just wonderful for a de-stressing weekend. "

Sally MacDonald

  • October 25, 2015 at 5:19 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused

"6 visits so far and already booked for next year. Very professional staff, wonderful treatments, beautiful rooms and delicious food. Perfect in every way"

Irene mckellar

  • October 6, 2015 at 7:36 pm

Voted: A social spa Solo Friendly Romantic

"It is not very male-friendly. Removed male changing rooms since we were there last, and replaced them with 'Ladies Restrooms'. You can count males on one hand, probably for the reason I have just said!"

Sue Cutler

  • October 2, 2015 at 9:51 am

Voted: Health Focused

"I went here two years ago with my husband and enjoyed it very much, but being disabled in a wheelchair because of my.m.s. we would prefer an easier apartment for easier access in and out of? We would like to bring my "carer" with us as a way of thanking her? She loves to swim and "work out"."

Mrs Lorraine Styles

  • June 2, 2015 at 6:25 pm

Voted: A social spa

"I had a lovely Lazy Afternoon at Stobo Castle yesterday with my 2 friends - the only downside being when my friend and I were coming out of the ladies changing room into the corridor, where I and slipped fell on the tiles at the door and the carpet area. I found the tiling very slippy and my leg was sore for the rest of the day. Other than this we all had a perfect afternoon being thoroughly pampered, the customer being your staffs first and last priority. The facilities were excellent and we are definitely hoping to return for another enjoyable pampering day. I write to let you know so that other customers may not have the same unfortunate exprience. i would say I found the spa all of the above."

Mrs Ena Kilpatrck

  • May 3, 2015 at 9:53 am

"Been several times and always look forward to returning each year, away tomorrow with friends for overnighter, excited :-)"

Lynda Robertson

  • April 11, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Voted: A social spa

"Stobo is anything you want it to be. Stephen and his staff always tend to our needs. Returning soon with my daughter for our 10th year. Can't wait."

Linda miller

  • January 22, 2015 at 3:47 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic

"My daughters and myself have been to Stobo Castle on several occasions. We loved being pampered from head to foot. Staff attentive, but inobtrusive. Food superb. Well done Stephen Winyard and staff. Look forward to our next visit. We got a voucher each for Christmas... Woo Hoo."

Janice Lynn

  • December 30, 2014 at 9:22 pm

Voted: Family friendly Health Focused

"I have been to Stobo Castle several times with my daughters. We all thoroughly enjoy being pampered from head to foot. A peaceful walk through the picturesque Japanese Gardens a true delight. Food excellent. Staff extremely attentive without being intrusive. We look forward to our next visit, as were given a voucher at Christmas. Well done Stephen Winyard and staff. "

Janice Lynn

  • December 30, 2014 at 7:45 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused

"Myself and my daughters went fro the Ladies Spa Day, arriving at 0.30 as advised and leaving at 5.30 pm. In spite of this, our day seemed rushed. Possibly as our treatments were at specific times chosen by the spa, which left shorter times in between to spend time in the pool/gym/sauna etc. The lunch was amazing, choice and quality superb. The staff were very professional and friendly, except for the aqua gymnast instructor, who was very witchlike, cross her at your peril !"

Christine McInally

  • November 24, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Voted: A social spa

"Have been going here with my daughter for the past 6years. I always feel totally relaxed staff very friendly rooms very clean and food to die for.Will never tire of going to Stobo"

Liz Denoon

  • November 23, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic

"Spent a day in Stobo Spa, the facilities are fantastic, the staff are very helpful and knowledgeable about products and health benefits. The meals were light and satisfying. Would recommend Stobo to all "

Angela Wilson

  • November 23, 2014 at 11:55 am

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly

"My friend & I have been visiting stobo for the last five years at least twice a year and have recommended it to many people . Truly the best experience you can have . So relaxing. Go and enjoy for yourself"

Edie Graham

  • November 22, 2014 at 7:36 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic

"When you drive through the gates of STOBO you are transported into a world of peace And tranquillity. I feel my shoulders relax and know I will be treated to the most amenable and caring attention by all the staff including the owners. I have been going to Stobo for many years with various friends and family and I never want to leave. Looking forward to my next visit."

Anne Marie McMillan

  • November 22, 2014 at 10:37 am

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic

"When you enter the gates of Stobo peace and tranquillity surrounds you. Inside the doors the welcome from staff and the owners is in evident. The rooms are sumptuous and peaceful. The whole set up from treatments ,entertainment ,, food and grounds are great. Look forward to my next visit "

Margaret Cooper

  • November 22, 2014 at 10:17 am

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic

"This Spa has everything you could ever wish for and they are constantly upgrading it. I am a member and it's well worth every penny !!"

Sheena Hall

  • November 22, 2014 at 8:52 am

Voted: A social spa

"I have been to Stobo many times - it is so comfortable, not in the least ostentatious - I once described the feeling of walking in the doors as "having the most wonderful hug". There is no where quite like it - completely away from everything you are cucooned in a world of aromas and relaxation! The staff are delightful, the food delicious and the amenities are wonderful - I just love that pool! I hope to be there in January!"


  • November 21, 2014 at 10:35 pm

"I have visited Stobo several times over the past 10 years and it never disappoints. The staff are friendly without being pushy and the facilities are excellent."

Chris Mackie

  • November 21, 2014 at 6:20 pm

Voted: A social spa

"Been to Stobo Castle on many occasions loved every minute of it back again to meet up with friends 28th November 2014 cant wait. And by the way I live in England, the nearer I get o Stobo the more excited I get, wonderful place highly recommended. "

Dorothy Fiedorowicz

  • November 21, 2014 at 5:20 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused

"A very worthy winner of the best Spa in Scotland. I am off this week for three days and can't wait to get there. This will be my eighth visit so thank you Stobo. "

Joan Nixon

  • November 21, 2014 at 4:13 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly

"Stobo Casstle Spa has the most friendly comfortable atmosphere you could ever want to wish for and the staff are absolutely wonderful to everyone day in day out "

Derek Fergus

  • November 21, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic

"Everything about stobo is fantastic. Go every year with my daughter. Next year will be our tenth. Steven and all the staff are lovely. They all go out of their way to please us. Can't wait for our next visit."

Linda miller

  • November 21, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic

Spa Location

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Spa location

EH45 8NY

01721 725 300


Extra Information


An informal buffet lunch is available in-between treatments during the day. Breakfast and dinner also available, and every preference can be catered for.


Seven room styles available from Castle Lodge Rooms to The Cashmere Suite. Room rates start at £218 per room per night or £109 per person, including meals and use of the health suites and spa facilities.

Opening Hours

7am - 10pm every day.

Treatment menu

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