Strathpeffer Square

Strathpeffer Village

Strathpeffer is an enchanting Victorian spa village located only 4 miles from Dingwall in Easter Ross.  A spa village based around the Victorian obsession with healing waters.  This picturesque village is unlike any other you will find in the Highlands as it is lavishly full of Victorian buildings.  It is like stepping back in time.

There was once a train to Strathpeffer which brought hundreds of people from all over the UK to the famous spa waters.  Dr Thomas Morrison claimed in 1819 that the water was the most “efficacious in Britain.”  The very first pump room in Strathpeffer was opened in 1820 and this brought many health-seekers, prompting the construction of several hotels in the village.

It was a popular place then and it still is now, but for different reasons.  Strathpeffer is very much alive during the tourist season as people come to visit the charming village, splendid buildings and other attractions the Highlands have to offer.

Strathpeffer is the perfect base for sighseeing around the Highlands.  Here are some attractions just a short drive away:

  • Inverness, the capital of the Highlands
  • Loch Ness
  • head east to the Black Isle
  • head west towards the old fishing village of Ullapool
  • experience the new bude (bridge) to the Isle of Skye.

In town, you may be interested in the following attractions:

Pavilion

http://www.strathpefferpavilion.org/

The home of many local events, including performing arts, weddings, conferences and exhibitions.

The Pavilion

The Pavilion

Museum of Childhood

http://www.highlandmuseumofchildhood.org.uk/

Home to a changing series of exhibitions as well as a permanent collection, the Museum of Childhood is located in a restored former Victorian station built in 1885.  The permanent collection includes dolls and dolls houses, costumes, books, photographs and other evocative memories.

Museum of Childhood

Museum of Childhood

Strathpeffer Golf Club

http://www.strathpeffergolf.co.uk/

Strathpeffer is an 18-hole upland golf course in the Highlands of Scotland with panoramic views of moorland and mountain. Visitors are welcome without reservation, however it is advisable to check tee availability in advance.

View from the 10th tee

View from the 10th tee

Loch Achilty Trout fishery

100 acre loch, stocked with trout, for fly only boat fishing.

Ben Wyvis - Hill Walks

Ben Wyvis is a vast and sprawling mountain whose isolated position makes it the dominating feature of a wide area of the Highlands. The ascent to its spacious plateau is a simple walk in good summer conditions by Munro standards and there are very extensive views from the summit.  Summit 935m, ascent 14km.  Park at the car park just south of the bridge over the Allt a Bhealaich Mhoir.

Ben Wyvis track

Ben Wyvis track

Strathpeffer Pipe Band

Playing in the town square on Saturday evenings throughout the season (May to October), the Pipe Band are part of the Strathpeffer experience.

Pump Room

Spa experience, Exhibition, Gift Shop and Gardens - and now housing Tourist Information

The Pump Room recreates the days of the Strathpeffer Spa, to offer visitors an insight into an era when High Society flocked to this picturesque Highland village for “the season”. Here you will find a range of interpretive displays, including a video and life sized models, which reveal the history behind the development of the Spa and how it rapidly became one of Europe’s most popular health resorts between 1870 and 1939.

The Pump Room and its adjacent gardens have been carefully restored to recreate the style and atmosphere of the Victorian era in a project co-ordinated by the Highland Council.  Open Tuesday to Saturday during the season.

The Pump Room

The Pump Room

Castle Leod

http://www.clan-mackenzie.org.uk/clan/leod.html

Castle Leod is the home of the Chief of the Clan Mackenzie, the Earl of Cromartie, whose family have lived there for 500 years. It is one of the few castles in Scotland to be still occupied by the original family and remains very much a family home today.

Occupying a magnificent setting below Ben Wyvis, Castle Leod’s parkland boasts some of the finest trees in Scotland, the star attractions being the largest tree in the UK, a Wellingtonia, and a Spanish Chestnut which was planted in 1550, the earliest known planting date of any tree in Britain.

Open on limited days during the season or by private arrangement.

Castle Leod, home of the Mackenzie clan

Castle Leod, home of the Mackenzie clan