This star of this new lochside spa resort is an outdoor infinity pool – the largest in Scotland and the perfect spot to unwind after exploring this beauty spot by foot, bike or boat

The weather is turning truly Scottish and it feels plain wrong to be tiptoeing outside in nothing but swimming trunks. The temperature is just 6C and it’s raining sideways. You’d survive only a few minutes in Loch Fyne before hypothermia kicked in, but thankfully, we’re slipping into a heated infinity pool on its shores, steam coming off the water and jagged hills all around. At 33C, it feels gloriously toasty – from the neck down, at least – as I wallow and watch the wind scalp the white off the waves on the loch.

We’re at Portavadie Marina, a resort on the west coast of Scotland, some 40 miles from Glasgow as the crow flies, but a circuitous two-hour drive. This is the largest heated infinity pool in Scotland, part of a new spa complex.

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