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Things to do in Strathpeffer, Highland

Strathpeffer is a pleasant, quiet village lying some 17 miles from Inverness. If not driving, it is easily reachable by bus from Contin, Dingwall and Inverness.

Strathpeffer  © Russ & Sue Stahr
© Russ & Sue Stahr

It's popular with both walkers and golfers. The golf course enjoys excellent views.

There are many attractive walking opportunities in around Strathpeffer, from strolling through the forests to taking in the glory of nature.

Any visitor to Strathpeffer who is interested in history will want to see Castle Leod - which has been inhabited by the same family for hundreds of years!

Castle Leod is the family home of the Earl of Cromartie - who is also the Chief of the Clan Mackenzie.

Architecture - Strathpeffer © Russ & Sue Stahr
© Russ & Sue Stahr

This romantic castle is everything you'd hope a Scottish castle would be - and it's open to the public for a few days each month during the spring and summer.

500 years ago Castle Leod was the scene of the dramatic and colourful life of the same Mackenzie family.

Its history is interwoven with that of Scottish. As such, it has links to people like Mary Queen of Scots and Prince Charles Edward Stuart.

Strathpeffer © Russ & Sue Stahr
© Russ & Sue Stahr

The historic pump house is also worth a visit. Now carefully restored, it once delivered the spa lifestyle to the Victorian elite.

The Museum of Childhood is an interesting, and easily-found, attraction. It lies directly at old Victorian Railway-Station of the village.

For gourmets, there is even a Belgian chocolate shop, to be found opposite the Pavilion. It is apparently famous for its hot chocolate.

This is an idyllic, welcoming village and an ideal place to visit!

Description by Gabriele Vesterling

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