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Stobo Castle Health Spa in The Scottish Borders 

Stobo Castle Health Spa in the Scottish Borders offers visitors relaxation, pampering and rest. Kath Lord Green visited to see if it really did do what it said on the tin.

Stobo Castle

There definitely is something magical about a Scottish Castle. You can feel the history and majesty just being within yards of this historic building nestled amongst the beautiful borders countryside.
Only 30 miles from Edinburgh and a short drive from Peebles this is a true get away, for anything from just “time out”, relaxation, pampering or just a good old rest!
Instead of a summer holiday I decided to treat myself to a Spa Day and an overnight stay at Stobo Castle.
Even during the drive there along quiet country lanes I could feel the stresses and strains of everyday life ebbing away. After check in we were shown to the coffee area with large comfy couches surrounded by the café, spa reception and spa shop .We had only been there half an hour but atmosphere is such that you can’t help but feel relaxed. As I sat there taking in the ambience I joked with my companion “ lets go home, I'm relaxed already”.

KLG at Stobo Castle Spa Pool 


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Nearest Airport is Edinburgh.

There are no rail links.

Getting there.

By Car

From Edinburgh
Take the A703 to Peebles, go through Peebles, following the A72 to Glasgow.
After four miles turn left at the signpost to Stobo.
Follow the B712 and the main gates for Stobo Castle are to your right two miles down the road.

From Glasgow
Take the A721 to Peebles, join the A72 Blyth Bridge.
Follow the A72 and turn right at the signpost for Stobo.
Follow the B712 for two miles, and you’ll see the entrance gates on your right.

Stobo Castle is also easily accessed by bus





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Our bedroom room was beautiful, comfy with two large double beds, walk in shower. We immediately changed into the white fluffy robes the spa encourages you to wear at all times apart from dressing for dinner.KLG in Stobo Castle RObe


Then we headed back to the spa area to explore. There were ladies of all ages, shapes and sizes either lying beds, slumped on couches or swimming leisurely in the beautiful blue ozone pool!. There were some men there with their partners but during our stay I only saw four.


Off the pool area are sauna, crystal steam room, showers, and a giant hydro spa area. There are wooden beds around the pool area to lounge around on and read or just enjoy the view of the surrounding countryside from a picture window the length of the pool.


Countryside around Stobo Castle

Upstairs are the rooms offering 80 face and body treatments treatments for everything from nails, feet and face to massage. We both had a massage which left us feeling warm and very relaxed. And if all that is not enough there's a gym and bikes to ride if you feel the need of exercise or and a drawing room with fresh fruit and newspapers if you just want to chill out, read or relax.

We dressed for dinner as required and headed to the dining room where we were seated at a large round table and soon got to know our fellow guests.The conversation flowed and the three course meal – choices for all courses was just perfect! Followed by coffee.


After dinner there was a demonstration by the chef in the kitchen. She was both talented as a cook and fun – telling stories whilst demonstrating her skills! There KLG at Stobosomething on every night and guests can choose to join in if they wish.
We were so relaxed that by ten o’clock we were off upstairs slept like logs in our comfy beds.

Breakfast was choices of cereal, fruit, yogurts and cooked breakfast… a very lovely start to the day. We ate in our robes then sat around, “busy doing nothing”.

We could have stayed like that until it was time to leave but there is a Japanese garden in the grounds so we took the opportunity to walk off the more than ample breakfast. It was splendid and very peaceful with waterfalls and bridges.

By the time it came to depart I was totally relaxed. It had only been one day and night but I felt that I had been treated like Princess. They had even washed my car.




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