Strathpeffer

Highland | Town | ★★★

[Strathpeffer from Knockfarrel Ridge]

This well-kept Victorian spa town nestles in one of the broad 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. Just up the road, locals rave about the Red Poppy Restaurant, though we haven't yet been lucky enough to try it for ourselves. Most of the town is pleasantly old-fashioned and fairly quiet, so the bonkers Strathpuffer cycling race held each winter to the north of town seems quite out of keeping. A Pictish symbol stone in a field just off the high street pre-dates all of this 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 fortunately, it's now firmly concreted down.

Location

📌 Strathpeffer ★★★
Highland, G.R.: NH 483581 ///nightlife.symphonic.activity

🚶 This straggling town is nevertheless small enough to explore on foot, and the walk along Knockfarrel Ridge is also reachable. Rogie Falls are theoretically reachable by off-road paths and tracks - allow half a day.
🚌 There's no longer a railway station, but buses call here on the Inverness to Ullapool route.



See & do (<1 mi away)

📌 Clach an Tiompain ★★ (Sounding Stone)
Description: Pictish symbol stone carved with the unmistakable body of an eagle - also known as the Eagle Stone.
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
Always open | Free

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

>> Walk: Views to amaze on Knockfarrel Ridge ★★★

Nearby (1-3 mi away)

>> Walk: Hanging around Rogie Falls ★★★★ (2 mi ←)

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