This well-kept Victorian spa town nestles in one of the quiet glens spidering out from the Cromarty Firth, overlooked by Knockfarrel Ridge. Where our photos went from our visit to the town remains a mystery. Trains used to bring in health tourists in their thousands in the late 1800s and early 1900s: the railway is now gone but the station remains, converted into the interesting Highland Museum of Childhood. Sasperillas Soda Fountain diner / ice cream shop seems to be the most modern part of Strathpeffer by several decades. Conversely, the Pictish symbol stone in a field just off the high street pre-dates all of it by well over a thousand years. The visionary Brahan Seer prophecised that Strath Peffer would be flooded if the stone fell over 3 times. It's since toppled twice, and sea levels are on the rise thanks to global warming. Perhaps it's fortunate that it's now firmly concreted down!

[Strathpeffer from Knockfarrel Ridge]

📌 Strathpeffer ★☆☆
Location: G.R.: NH 483581 ///nightlife.symphonic.activity

Within walking distance

📌 Clach an Tiompain ☆☆☆ (Sounding Stone)
Description: Pictish symbol stone carved with the unmistakable body of an eagle - also known as the Eagle Stone.
Location: 5-min walk north of the town centre (signposted from the lower, north end of the high street), G.R.: NH 485585 ///steady.towns.installs
Open: Always
Cost: Free

📌 Highland Museum of Childhood ☆☆☆
Description: Small museum bursting at the seams with toys and exhibits about the history of children in the Highlands.
Location: Strathpeffer old railway station, 5-min walk northeast of the town centre, G.R.: NH 486584 ///chin.nutty.eyeful
Open (2019): Tuesday to Sunday plus bank holidays, April to October
Cost (2019): £3 (adults), £1.75 (children)


>> Walk: A-maze-ing views on Knockfarrel Ridge ★☆☆ (1 mile away)


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