As part of a Shearings holiday my wife and I stayed at the Highland Hotel In September 2013. The hotel has a prominent situation overlooking the village and although its decor, i.e. oak-panelled lounge and restaurants, tartan carpets, may not be to everyone's taste, it is steeped in late Victorian and Edwardian history when Strathpeffer was the most northerly spa village in the U.K. with a railway running from Inverness.
Our standard room initially had a problem with the bed which was promptly attended to by the hotel manager, Alistair in a very friendly and efficient manner. The room was adequate in size and contained all the usual facilities including t.v.; tea/coffee making facilities, hair dryer etc. We had opted for a room with a bath which meant we had to be provided with a hand shower to fit on the bath taps for hair-washing. The standard of cleanliness of the room and throughout the hotel was excellent and a number of the rooms were in the process of being refurbished.
The food provided at breakfast and for the three course evening meal, with different daily menus, was superb. Bar meals were also available during the day. Waiting staff were efficient and friendly serving large numbers very quickly. A special mention has to be made for the waitress, Justine, who was extremely careful and helpful in attending to my special dietary needs.
The entertainment provided was excellent and varied. A highlight was the evening of music and song with the brilliant musician, Raymond Chuchuk together with an appearance of the Ben Wyvis Scottish Dancers.
Shearings included excursions by rail on the 'Kyle Line' from Dingwall to Kyle of Lochalsh; a ride on the Funicular Railway up Cairngorm Mountain and an optional half-day excursion to Inverness.
This was an excellent short break which was extremely good value for money. The hotel staff were always friendly, helpful and cheerful. The village history was wonderfully portrayed in the Pump Room and interesting shops and a cafe occupied the former railway station. For the energetic there were a number of interesting walks in the district. We were fortunate to receive an added bonus.....Good Weather!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Peacefully set in its own grounds with lovely views over the colourful village square, this chateau style hotel’s traditional features have been carefully retained to strike just the right Highland note. A warm welcoming feeling comes as much from the friendly staff as from the fine wood panelled public rooms which have been carefully preserved. Strathpeffer itself is just steps away from the hotel and is renowned as an attractive Highland spa resort with fabulous Victorian architecture. Be sure to enjoy the scenic views of the village below from the open veranda. The massive peak of Ben Wyvis is the backdrop to this charming village. It’s a perfect base from which to explore Scotland’s dramatic Northern Highlands – mountainous countryside, sparkling streams, waterfalls and golden shores. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Highland Hotel Strathpeffer
- Bay Highland Hotel Strathpeffer, Scotland