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Taymouth Marina launches Scotland’s first loch-side wood-burning sauna experience

Taymouth Marina sauna experience
Scotland’s first loch-side wood-burning sauna experience will open this weekend on the shores of Loch Tay and its creators – architects McKenzie Strickland Associates – want you to throw yourself into the loch after using it!
The Hot Box is an innovative structure – part of Taymouth Marina in Kenmore, Perthshire – and is one of the UK’s largest saunas stretching some 40 feet (12.19m), with panoramic views across the loch to the adjacent hills.

Guests of the sauna are encouraged to enjoy the crackling heat of the wood-burning stove before braving a reinvigorating dip in the waters of Loch Tay or by pulling one of the cords on the water barrels suspended above the patio outside.

Heath benefits
Research has shown that brief periods in extreme temperatures have many health benefits. These include:
-         Aiding in recovery from physical exertion
-         Increased alertness from extra oxygen intake and increased heart rate
-         Improved circulation and immune system through increased blood flow to the major organs
-         Cleansing of the skin
-         Acceleration in weight loss

The Hot Box launch party begins this Saturday at 2pm with all water sports and facilities available for use, free of charge, for adults and children.

From 5pm, over 18s can enjoy a drink at the outdoor bar and a live DJ will begin at 8pm until 10pm. Dewar’s Whisky, native to Perthshire and one of Scotland’s best will be served along with stunning StrathBraan traditional cask ales. Naomi Strickland, partner at McKenzie Strickland Associates and a director at Taymouth Marina, is excited about the health benefits that The Hot Box offers.

Reinvigorating dunk
She said: “The Hot Box is a project that has been an absolute joy to plan and create and we are incredibly excited about its launch. The health benefits of saunas have been known for hundreds – perhaps thousands – of years, from detoxification to improved cardiovascular health.

“The really unique and exciting part about The Hot Box is the wonderfully reinvigorating dunk that can be had in that rather large pool in front of it, which you’ll know as Loch Tay! We can’t wait to see who’s going to be brave enough to spend a session in The Hot Box before hitting the loch for an instant cool-off!

“If that sounds too much for some people, we have suspended water barrels on the decking which will give guests just enough of a splash of cold water to get that instant re-invigoration.”

Once you’ve enjoyed the delights of the sauna and cold water, there’s an inviting fire pit and an all-important outdoor bar on site. A drink or two in this setting, after a perfect sauna experience, is the ultimate way to treat yourself. The new facility is part of the stunning Taymouth Marina, in Scotland’s picture-perfect Perthshire, which was opened by Eric and Naomi Strickland in September 2013, and boasts apartment and cottage accommodation, water sports, a restaurant and a 40-berth marina.

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