Strathpeffer is a spa town in the Scottish Highlands. It lies in a deep glen, five miles west of Dingwall, in the county of Ross and Cromarty. The countryside surrounding the town is wild and unspoiled, with shimmering lochs, mountains, river and waterfalls to discover. Strathpeffer holiday cottages are particularly popular among walkers, with several spectacular routes nearby. The Iron Age hill fort of Knock Farril offers breathtaking views of the county, while directly to the north, the towering mountain of Ben Wyvis is a strenuous but rewarding ascent. Another scenic route meanders through the Ord Woods to Loch Kinellan, where the ruins of a fort perch on a rocky island.
Explore the historic town centre from your holiday cottage in Strathpeffer and you will notice remnants of the town’s heyday as a famous health resort, such as the Pump Room, where visitors drank spring water to treat their ailments. The Spa Pavilion has been beautifully restored and is now an outstanding venue for plays, concerts and exhibitions. Nearby, the old train station and Eagle Stone are well worth a visit, while the Highland Museum of Childhood explores growing up in this remote region.
Self-catering holidays in Strathpeffer are popular among golfers, who travel from far and wide to play the town’s exceptional course, featuring the longest drop from tee to green of any course in Britain. Strathpeffer hosts a number of annual events, including an extreme mountain-bike race, Strathpuffer. The town also has a thriving music scene and is known as the Highland Village of Music. If you are here between May and September, don’t miss the town’s pipe band and Highland dancers, who perform every Saturday in the town square. The Coffee Shop regularly hosts performances by top folk, country and roots acts.