Mary Irvine’s blog: Spa Day at the Carrick

fancier lights

fancier lights

It was that time of the year again. A Spa Day (courtesy of my son and daughter-in-law) at the Carrick*.
For regular readers – I do believe I have reached double figures – I make no apology for another review of this establishment. It’s good to re-assess restaurants, accommodation etc and spas. Mustn’t let standards slip, don’t ye know!

I arrived at 1045, was welcomed by a friendly receptionist, filled in the usual form re medical history – as much for client’s protection as the Spa’s. Up to the first floor, easy to use stairs or lift, where another friendly young lady led me through all the facilities.

I re-emerged from the locker/changing rooms wearing swimming costume plus dressing gown and flip-flops provided, as were the towels, by the Spa. I headed straight for the hydro pool where I enjoyed fifteen minutes being pummelled by the jets. I spent the next two hours availing myself of all the facilities. A wee bit disappointed the Jacuzzi was temporarily out of action but no big deal as everything else was perfect. Everywhere was clean and tidy with plenty of water stations and showers. I loved the tropical shower.

My final ‘usage’ was the hot tub with its spectacular mountain views. Only a short trot through the falling snow from the building to said tub for fifteen minutes of the sheer bliss of warm water massaging the whole body. It was just possible to get under an overhang so my head didn’t freeze.

And so to lunch


Two courses plus tea or coffee were included in the cost of the package. Quite a selection on the menu. I opted for a Caesar Salad. Very fresh, tasty and well presented. For main I went for the Scotch Minute Steak Ciabatta with peppercorn sauce and coleslaw. I finished with a large cup of filter coffee.

My waitress was Varrie, a pleasant young lady who welcomed everyone with a smile. This made the dining experience all the more enjoyable.

The Relaxation Room was as it should be – relaxing. Didn’t fall asleep this time but did manage some meditation. The day ended with a full body massage and it was ‘full’, not only back and front torso but limbs, hands and feet, incorporating many Chinese traits such as the ear extremities. I also had a scalp massage. I chose a mixture of Indian bay and clove for the massage oil.
I cannot praise too highly the expertise of Leeann, the masseuse. I would put her massage amongst the best I’ve ever had and that includes the ones in China and Egypt and all the other ‘forms’ I’ve experienced!  The day finished with another visit to the Relaxation Room and a cup of herbal tea.
A thoroughly enjoyable day with batteries recharged – or well on the way.
As I floated out through reception I did remember to ask the Receptionist to pass on my appreciation of all the staff, special mention of Leeann, with whom I had contact. A smile and a ‘good morning’ etc costs nothing but means so much.

Prices do vary so check out the website. Give hints to family or friends who may be wondering about a suitable treat for you. Then just turn up and ENJOY.

* The Spa at Cameron House, 01389 310 777 or email

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