Strathpeffer, a pleasant tourist resort in the Highlands of 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.