Three Scottish hotel spas have been named among the best in the whole of the UK in a new list compiled by the AA.

This list comes ahead of Christmas, when many look for a festive getaway after a hectic year.

Speaking of the list, the AA said: "Following a careful selection process, the AA inspectors have identified the best spa experiences across the country.

"Hotels with an AA Best UK Spas stand out as exceptional and exemplary spa delivering outstanding wellness experiences, while those with an AA Recommended Spa award demonstrate a quality spa provision with high standards of customer care and cleanliness.

"By spotlighting exceptional spa offerings across the UK, the AA’s spa awards provide consumers with a definitive guide to the highest quality and rejuvenating hotel retreats the country has to offer."

The Three Scottish hotel spas named among the UK's best ahead of Christmas

The Three Scottish hotel spas named among the UK's best were the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa in St Andrews, Fairmont St Andrews and The Gleneagles Hotel in Auchterarder, Perth and Kinross.

Speaking of the Old Course Hotel, the AA praised the location's 175 "luxurious rooms" and 35 "stunning suites".

It added: "Whether staying at this iconic hotel, out on the golf course, relaxing in the state-of-the-art Kohler Waters Spa or enjoying a meal, guests are assured a red-star experience."

Of Fairmont, the AA said: "Bedrooms and bathrooms are spacious and luxuriously appointed."

It added: "The hotel has an impressive spa and health club. Good standards of service with warm genuine hospitality found throughout."

The Gleneagles Hotel was also praised with the organisation saying: "All bedrooms are appointed to a high standard and offer both traditional and contemporary styles."

It added: "The award-winning spa offers the very latest treatments to restore both body and soul. Service is always professional – the staff are friendly and nothing is too much trouble."