Scotland’s Spa On Rails
A unique take on R&R.
Picture the scene. You’re meandering past pristine Highland scenery. Beyond the picture windows, landscapes of brilliant wildflowers, mirror-calm lochs and misty mountains pass by. But you’re in a cocoon of luxury, soaking up the aromatherapy fragrances as you enjoy a massage or rejuvenating body scrub.
This is the unique experience that awaits at the Bamford Haybarn Spa aboard the luxury Belmond Royal Scotsman train. It broke records when it launched, becoming the first spa experience of its kind aboard an overnight rail journey in Britain.
Crafted in natural woods and with pure white furnishings, the spa carriage is a cosy but faithful replica of the flagship Haybarn Spa at Bamford’s Daylesford farm. There, in England’s Cotswolds countryside, guests are wrapped in the softest robes and sumptuous scents such as geranium, lavender and peppermint.
Haybarn founder Carole Bamford explains that her growing collection of spas offer natural, sustainable products crafted by artisans. The treatments themselves are inspired by ancient wellness rituals and Ayurvedic principles.
What brought Bamford and Belmond Royal Scotsman together?
I have always loved travelling and am inspired by all the beautiful sights, sounds and scents along the way – so much so that they often find their way into our Bamford range of products. It was very exciting to take the Bamford Haybarn Spa on board a train that is synonymous with luxury, relaxation and innovation; Belmond Royal Scotsman shares our philosophy and so many of our values.
How are your visits to Scotland brought to life in the spa carriage?
When I think of Scotland, walks in the Highlands, fresh air, rushing streams and beautiful heather-covered hillsides come to mind. At Bamford, nature is our greatest inspiration with its seasonally changing hues, scents and textures. These natural elements feature in the interiors of each of our Haybarn Spas and all our body and skincare ranges.
What distinguishes the Bamford Haybarn Spa Experience? At the Bamford Haybarn Spa, we offer a holistic approach based on our heartfelt connection with nature, and this is no exception on board the Belmond Royal Scotsman. I love the idea that as you travel through the beautiful Scottish countryside, you feel a part of the surroundings while enjoying a treatment using our organic botanical products.