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Loch Tay Sauna

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Loch Tay Sauna or the Loch Tay Hot Box

Loch Tay Hot Box fire pitThe Loch Tay sauna and steam room at Taymouth Loch Tay Marina is beside the Scottish Crannog Centre. The sauna and steam room provide a great facility to unwind and relax. The large windows stretching 12 metres provide a magnificent view across Loch Tay to Ben Lawers beyond.

Often affectionately referred to as the Loch Tay Hot Box the Perthshire Sauna is one of the best sited saunas in Scotland. The complex has its own fire pit, small lawn area, slide in to the loch and a water trampoline on the loch with a private beach below.

The Hot Box Sauna and steam room have an outdoor bar beside Loch tay. People can sit and enjoy the sunset. It must be one of the best located Saunas in Scotland.

Next door to the sauna and steam room is the Cake Box Cafe, with its own exclusive lawn on Loch Tay. Ideal for a lite lunch, or cup of coffee or tea.

The health benefits of saunas.

The health benefits of saunas have been long known, in fact back to the Bronze Age in Scotland. The earliest Scottish sauna dates back to the Bronze Age around 4000 BC to 1000 BC. Archaeologists uncover a 'sauna house' in Orkney one of the over thirty buildings. This includes a very rare Bronze Age building which experts believed could have been a sauna or steam house. “It’s also possible that the building could have been used as a sweat house or sauna, for a number of activities” which included basic healing and cleansing.

A typical sauna provides a dry heat with temperatures between 70° to 100° Celsius or 158° to 212° Fahrenheit.

Some of the possible health benefits of saunas

Regardless of how a sauna is heated, or its humidity level, the effects on the body are similar.

  1. When a person sits in a sauna, their heart rate increases and blood vessels widen. This increases circulation, in a similar way to low to moderate exercise depending on the duration of sauna use.
  2. Heart rate may increase to 100-150 beats a minute while using a sauna. This may bring some health benefits.
  3. Easing pain - Increased circulation may help reduce muscle soreness, improve joint movement, and ease arthritis pain.
  4. Reducing stress levels - As the heat in a sauna improves circulation, it may also promote relaxation. This can improve feelings of well-being.
  5. Improving cardiovascular health - The reduction in stress levels when using a sauna may be linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular events.