Strathpeffer Spa Pump Room - Tourist Information CentreSubmitted by Owen McCafferty on Tue, 2009-12-29
The Spa contains a superb range of interpretive displays, including video and life size models which reveal the history behind the development of the Spa and how it became one of Europe's most popular health resorts between 1870 and 1939.
Discover what made High Society flock to Strathpeffer for "the season". It is a listed Building of Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland.
You can sample the famous curative waters - there were originally five wells which were used to treat everything from rheumatism to heart problems - see how the wealthy patients of days gone by were advised to try many different kinds of bath. The Spa Company was a community-based business which consists of a voluntary board of directors, but which also employed a part-time project co-ordinator. The restoration of the Pump Room as an interpretive centre has been in partnership with the Spa Company.
The main Pump Room was demolished in the 1950s but the Upper Pump Room, next to the Pavilion, still remains where you may still sample the 'Sulphur' and ‘Chalybeate waters’, which our grandparents took so eagerly, and spend some time finding out about the history of this little gem. It now houses a range of interpretive displays which reveal the history behind the development of the Spa and visitors can again sample the healing waters. Strathpeffer is once more popular with tourists, its large Victorian hotels and guesthouses providing accommodation for visitors touring the Highlands. Strathpeffer Spa Pavilion is restored by owners the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust in 2004, the Pavilion is now a stunning venue for all sorts of functions and events such as Live Music Venue, Wedding Venue, Conferences in Strathpeffer.
The Pump Room recreates the days of the Strathpeffer Spa, to offer visitors an insight into an era when High Society flocked to this picturesque Highland village for "the season". The Upper Pump Room is the last surviving remenant of the Strathpeffer Spa buildings designed to dispence these waters, and the taps to the five origional wells still survive in the interior. You'll find a range of interpretive displays, including a video and life sized models, which reveal the history behind the development of the Spa and how it rapidly became one of Europe's most popular health resorts between 1870 and 1939. In the last few years the Pump Room and its adjacent gardens have been carefully restored to recreate the style and atmosphere of the Victorian era in a project co-ordinated by the Highland Council. Likewise, the nearby Spa pavilion has been restored and is now operating as an Arts venue.
Strathpeffer Spa is a conservation village and the Pump Room is right in the heart, providing a striking portrait of Victorian society and its relationship with the Scottish Highlands. A very informative and interesting exhibition and display - certainly worth a look! Spa Experience, Exhibition, Gift Shop and Garden. Further details may be obtained from the Tourist Information Centre, situated within the Pump Room in the Pavilion Gardens. Among the village's other attractions are a scenic golf course, the Museum of Childhood, Eagle Stone (Clach an Tiompain) and the Strathpeffer Spa Pavilion.
Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm from 2 June to late September.
Contact: Strathpeffer Spa Pump Room - Tourist Information Centre
Tel: 01997 421415
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Contact: Strathpeffer Spa Pavilion
The Square, Strathpeffer,
Ross & Cromarty IV14 9DL
Tel: 01997 420124
Park House Studio, The Square, Strathpeffer, Ross & Cromarty
Ross-Shire IV14 9DL