You Can Now See the Scottish Highlands From a Spa on Wheels

Reason no. 386 why trains are undeniably freaking awesome

By Diane Rommel

 
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03 February 2017

The Belmond Royal Scotsman is one of the world's superlative rail journeys. Up to 40 guests set off from Edinburgh in a luxuriously appointed train and roll across the Scottish highlands ... or even a seven-day tour of the entire British isle. It's a singular way to see one of the world's most beautiful places: misty mountains, foggy lochs, cloud-covered heath — you get the picture. ("Scotland: Beautiful Despite the Weather!") 

But in case you needed extra enticement, the Royal Scotsman has just added a spa. 

Royal Scotsman (4 images)

A spa on a train? 

Indeed. 

One of the few downsides to extensive train journeys is that you're in a confined space for a long time: it's not a submarine, but you better believe the sleeping quarters are narrow. How to knock out the kinks and muscle aches of life in a small space? With a massage, of course — at the Bamford Haybarn Spa, two treatment rooms built into the Royal Scotsman's carriages.

If a regular, stationary spa offers it, you can probably get it here: massages, facials — the works. Look for a full treatment list as we inch closer to the April launch.

It's the cherry on top of an already exceptionally compelling cake. 

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