Strathpeffer is a great area if you like to explore the Scottish Highlands. With its Victorian heritage and clan history, there are many attractions of historical significance in Strathpeffer and the surrounding area. Please see top attractions in the area.
Currently the seat of the Chief of the Clan Mackenzie, Castle Leod is today owned by the Earl and Countess of Cromarty. It is a pre-15th century castle made of sandstone and described as one of the most beautiful, romantic and unspoilt castles in the Highlands.
A stunning historical venue located in the village which holds events such as music, entertainment, weddings and conferences. It’s also a great meeting place for coffee and cake. The town is known as ‘The Highland Village of Music‘ hosting acts such as Deacon Blue and the Kaiser Chiefs.
Museum of Childhood
The Museum tells the story of childhood tales and crofters in the town area. There are toys and treasures from 200 years ago where you are encouraged to dress up and play with.
Strathpeffer Pump Room
The Pump Room recreates the days of the Strathpeffer Spa, to offer visitors an insight into an era when high society flocked to this picturesque Highland village for “the season”. There are also gardens, an exhibition and a gift shop.
Urquhart Castle is a 40 minutes drive away on the banks of Loch Ness beside the village of Drumnadrochit. This magical and historic castle is highly recommended offering scenic views over Loch Ness.
Glen Ord Distillery
Sample the popular The Singleton of Glen Ord Whisky – unavailable anywhere else in the UK or Europe.
Dingwall Museum presents many local artefacts and fascinating tales of human exploits which are unique to Dingwall within a landmark building, once the centre of local government.
The Rogie Falls are a group of waterfalls local on the Black Water. There is a series of walks which take you around the forest hills. There’s also a suspension bridge which makes a good viewpoint. The Falls are a 10 minute drive from Strathpeffer.
Strathpeffer is a great place to take part in activities for everyone. Located next to Ben Wyvis and other large mountains and forest, it is without surprise that hill walking is the most popular activity in the area. However, cycling follows close behind as the town plays host to the ‘Strathpuffer’.
For golfers, the Strathpeffer Golf Club sits in walking distance from the town centre. Visitors are welcome and the golf course offers stunning views of the Peffery Valley and Black Isle.
The local forests, hills and terrain attract all types of walkers. Popular recommended walks include the Blackmuir Woods and Falls of Rogie.
A walk in Blackmuir Woods is magical and mystical. The woods carry you through paths where ancient stones are located called the ‘Touchstone Maze’. You will also come across the ‘Eagle Stone’.
Cycling around the Cromarty Firth, or along the Caledonian Canal (from Inverness) – An easy, family friendly route along the Caledonian Canal from Inverness, or Beauly-Cannich-Drumnadrochit circuit.
Complete your trip to the Highlands by sampling Scotland’s most famous national drink. The area around Strathpeffer is home to some of Scotland’s finest distilleries.
Birds and Wildlife
Dingwall and Strathpeffer’s native animal population is extremely unique to the area with grouse, golden eagles, red deer and roe deer roaming the hills.
Strathpeffer is a great location for a fishing break, offering the travelling fisherman a variety of options.