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Strathpeffer Spa
August 17, 2015, 10:21 am
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Strathpeffer Square

           Strathpeffer Square

Strathpeffer Pavilion

Strathpeffer Pavilion

In the 1700s, sulphurous springs were discovered in the small village of Strathpeffer in Ross and Cromarty, which were widely acclaimed for their healing properties.

People came from all over the UK and Europe to sample the waters.

In 1818 a permanent Spa Pavilion was built to house the spring.

The popularity of the village increased as the railways started to reach the north of Scotland, a branch line to Strathpeffer being opened in 1885.

Strathpeffer Pump Room

Strathpeffer Pump Room

This led to the building of grand hotels and large villas to accommodate the growing stream of visitors coming to take the waters.

The village’s popularity as a spa waned following the second world war but Strathpeffer remains a tourist attraction with several of the old pump buildings having been restored and the Victorian station’s conversion into a museum and café.

Strathpeffer Station

                 Strathpeffer Station                 


Fairy Pools
August 1, 2015, 9:39 am
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Fairy Pools 3A fine walk across moorland and through heather, the Fairy Pools can be found at the foot of the Black Cuillin near the road to Glenbrittle on the Isle of Skye. The walk itself is fairly short, only about 2 km, but very rewarding with fantastic views of the mountains.

Fairy Pools 2

Fairy Pools 1

The pools are formed on the River Brittle as it heads down the Coire na Creiche over numerous waterfalls. Hardy souls have been known to take a dip in the pools but the water isn’t warm.

Fairy Pools 5

Fairy Pools 4

Fairy Pools 6

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