Strathpeffer has a wealth of history just waiting to be discovered.  As well as the Castles and Museums , there are a few notable locations in and around Strathpeffer which tell its story and shapes one’s perception of the former Victorian Spa Town.  The historic sites which are highly recommended have shaped the town to be what it is today, whilst giving a nod to its colourful past.

There are many notable locations in and around Strathpeffer which are always popular with visitors to the area.  In the Victorian Era, Strathpeffer was a popular Spa Resort, owing to the discovery of Sulphurous Springs in the late 18th Century.  Visitors to Strathpeffer can still see the ‘pump room’ which stands in the centre of the town.  Why not take a step back in time and visit one of the notable museums in Strathpeffer or take a trip to Culloden Battlefield to witness the story of the Jacobite uprising which took place between 1688 and 1746.

Strathpeffer Village – take time to explore the wonderful village of Strathpeffer itself.  It consists of an extraordinary collection of Victorian Hotels and Villas, built up around a spa, which has been called ‘Scotland’s answer to the Bavarian watering place,’ where people would drink and bathe in the water.  The water contains sulphur and to this date people still drink the water.  After WWI, interest in the Spa faded and the Old Railway Station closed in 1951.  The Station can still be seen today.
Memorial to Neil Gun – Scotland’s most important author of the 20th century.  Situated high above Dingwall in the area where he spent his last years.   A car park is available onsite with exceptional views over Dingwall.

Museum of Childhood/Victorian Railway Station
The Old Station, Strathpeffer, Tel:  01997 421031,
W:  www.highlandmuseumofchildhood.org.uk

Grantown Museum
Grantown-on-Spey, Highlands, Tel:  01479 872478,
W:  www.grantownmuseum.co.uk

Ullapool Museum
Ullapool, Highlands, Tel:  01854 612987, W:  www.ullapoolmuseum.co.uk

Culloden Battlefield
Culloden Moor, Culloden, Highlands, Tel:  01463 790607
W:  http://www.nts.org.uk/Culloden/Home/

Pictish Stones
Grantown-on-Spey, Tel:  01479 872478
*small admission charge of £2 per adult, £1 children (10-16 years – under 10s free) and concessions £1
Huntley’s Cave – Grantown-on-Spey
The traditional hiding place of the second Marquis of Huntly, Lord Lewis Gordon, when he was pursued by the Earl of Argyll.  The Marquis married Mary Grant in 1644, sister of James VII.  She is supposed to have given him aid in the cave while he was hiding.

The Heather Centre
Dulnain Bridge, Inverness, Tel:  01479 851359, W:  www.heathercentre.com
*The Heather Centre is located in the beautiful Cairngorm National Park between Grantown-on-Spey and Aviemore.  The centre is a must for every visitor to the Highlands – a real feast for your senses and a story that travels beyond the white and purple heather.

Take time to visit Tain, Scotland’s oldest Burgh.  It is a town with a fascinating history, set on the beautiful Dornoch Firth.  Nestled among the many fine buildings of architectural importance is an exciting combination of independent specialist shops and cafes, along with fantastic restaurants.  Tain is very proud of its own world famous products including whisky, pottery, silver, fine cheeses and local mussels.

 

 

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