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TITLE
Strathpeffer Youth Hostel
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_1126_AT
PLACENAME
Strathpeffer
DISTRICT
Dingwall
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Fodderty
DATE OF IMAGE
2008
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Andrew Taylor
SOURCE
Andrew Taylor
ASSET ID
41625
KEYWORDS
youth hostels
buildings
architecture
Strathpeffer Youth Hostel

This photograph shows the youth hostel at the west end of the village of Strathpeffer. It was originally built by Dr Morrison of Elsick, Aberdeenshire, who settled in the village when he discovered that the Strathpeffer spring waters alleviated his arthritis. He called his new home Elsick House. It was later taken over by the Scottish Youth Hostel Association and run as a youth hostel until 2002.

Strathpeffer lies 4 miles (6 km) west of Dingwall in the strath of the River Peffery. It owes its growth and popularity to the discovery of sulphurous springs there in the 1770s. Dr Morrison from Aberdeenshire publicised the healing powers of the waters at the beginning of the 19th century and, on his recommendation, the first pump room was built in 1819. With the strong support of the then Countess of Cromartie, Strathpeffer developed as a Victorian spa resort, its popularity greatly enhanced by the opening of the Strathpeffer branch of the Dingwall and Skye Railway in 1885. Many grand hotels and substantial Victorian villas were built to accommodate the steady stream of visitors who came to 'take the waters'. Until World War I the village was a major visitor attraction but thereafter its popularity declined.

Today, Strathpeffer is once more popular with tourists, its large Victorian hotels and guesthouses providing accommodation for visitors touring the Highlands. Among the village's attractions are a scenic golf course, the Museum of Childhood, the Strathpeffer Spa Pavilion and the Upper Pump Room, where visitors can again sample the healing waters.

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Strathpeffer Youth Hostel

ROSS: Fodderty

2000s

youth hostels ; buildings; architecture

Andrew Taylor

This photograph shows the youth hostel at the west end of the village of Strathpeffer. It was originally built by Dr Morrison of Elsick, Aberdeenshire, who settled in the village when he discovered that the Strathpeffer spring waters alleviated his arthritis. He called his new home Elsick House. It was later taken over by the Scottish Youth Hostel Association and run as a youth hostel until 2002.<br /> <br /> Strathpeffer lies 4 miles (6 km) west of Dingwall in the strath of the River Peffery. It owes its growth and popularity to the discovery of sulphurous springs there in the 1770s. Dr Morrison from Aberdeenshire publicised the healing powers of the waters at the beginning of the 19th century and, on his recommendation, the first pump room was built in 1819. With the strong support of the then Countess of Cromartie, Strathpeffer developed as a Victorian spa resort, its popularity greatly enhanced by the opening of the Strathpeffer branch of the Dingwall and Skye Railway in 1885. Many grand hotels and substantial Victorian villas were built to accommodate the steady stream of visitors who came to 'take the waters'. Until World War I the village was a major visitor attraction but thereafter its popularity declined.<br /> <br /> Today, Strathpeffer is once more popular with tourists, its large Victorian hotels and guesthouses providing accommodation for visitors touring the Highlands. Among the village's attractions are a scenic golf course, the Museum of Childhood, the Strathpeffer Spa Pavilion and the Upper Pump Room, where visitors can again sample the healing waters.