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Self Catering Strathpeffer Area

Dingwall and Strathpeffer are ideal locations for a self-catering holiday in the Highlands.  The market town of Dingwall, situated near the head of the Cromarty Firth, is steeped in history with many attractions to explore.  Nearby Strathpeffer became a popular spa town in the 1800s and as a result it has a particularly rich legacy of attractive Victorian architecture.

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Strathpeffer and Dingwall

Dingwall, the county town of Ross and Cromarty, is a busy commercial and administrative centre with many fine red stone buildings and an interesting tollbooth that houses the museum.  There is a host of lovely things to see and do in the local area: take time to see the memorials to the author Neil Gunn and General Sir Hector MacDonald, visit Dingwall and Tulloch Castles, and enjoy a stroll along the banks of the UK’s shortest canal.  You could also take a guided tour of one of the nearby whisky distilleries or catch a train for a truly memorable day trip north to Wick and Thurso, or west to Kyle of Lochalsh.

After the discovery of sulphurous springs Strathpeffer became a popular health resort in the Victorian era.  You can sample the waters and learn all about the history of the Victorian spa experience at the Strathpeffer Pump Room with its fascinating displays and video.

The historic Strathpeffer Pavilion is now a performing arts and music venue with a cafe bar and the wonderful Highland Museum of Childhood is housed in the Victorian station.

The Strathpeffer area is surrounded by gentle, wooded hills, and there are several lovely tracks for walking or cycling.  Both the Pictish Eagle Stone and modern Touchstone Maze are well worth visiting.

Continuing further along the road, you come to the small, picturesque village of Contin.   Follow the signposted forest path to the suspension bridge overlooking the beautiful Falls of Rogie.  Five more miles and you enter Garve, a tiny community overshadowed by nearby Ben Wyvis.  Try the easy ascent to the summit or, alternatively, the delightful circular walk beside the river.