Strathpeffer, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

This evening, I am focusing on the town of Strathpeffer in the Highlands of Scotland, a village which is situated  20 miles N.W. of Inverness, near the Cromarty Firth.

Facts and information on Strathpeffer:-

  • Name is derived from P-Celtic (Welsh) and means ‘Vale of Radiant Stream’.
  • Despite relatively high altitude Strathpeffer is sheltered by nearby hills and benefits from a warm, dry micro-climate.
  • Nearby was fought two clan battles in the 15th century in which the Mackenzies emerged victorious:
    • Battle of Blar Na Pairce, 1486
    • Battle of Drumchatt, 1497.
  • Sulphurous springs were discovered in the 18th century the perceived health benefits of which were utilised in Victorian times to develop the town  into a Spa resort, aided by a railway connection.
  • As will be evident from the images herein, Strathpeffer retains much of its Victorian era architecture and ‘feel’.
  • Strathpeffer boasts numerous hotels and other accommodations, a golf course and vibrant music scene.
  • Tourism underpins the local economy.
  • Home to the Pictish era ‘Eagle Stone’ which dates to the 7th century.
  • Population is about 1500.

Overall, Strathpeffer impresses as being clean and prosperous in a stunning Highland setting with Ben Wyvis (3433 ft) in the background.

Ben Wyvis, Scotland.

Eagle Stone, Strathpeffer, Scotland.

Mackay’s Hotel, Strathpeffer, Scotland.

St Anne’s Church, Strathpeffer, Scotland.

Spa Pavilion, Strathpeffer, Scotland.

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