Outdoors

Blackmuir Wood

Blackmuir Wood is maintained by the Forestry Commission and although there has been a large section of trees felled in recent years, it has left the visitor with unparalleled views up west and also views on Ben Wyvis.

Eagle Stone

 

The Clach an Tiompain (in English, the "Sounding Stone") or The Eagle Stone is a small Class I Pictish stone located near the northern entrance of Strathpeffer.

Jamestown Path Link

The Jamestown Path Link is a woodland path running along the western edge of Blackmuir Wood linking Strathpeffer to the nearby hamlet of Jamestown.

To get there - turn into Blackmuir Wood and the path is immediately on the right just after Elsick House.

Follow the path to find and explore Jamestown.

The new path also links up with routes to Contin and beyond, as well as to Bealach nan Cor and the network of paths in Brahan Woods.

Happy walking everyone!

Knockfarrel

Knockfarrel is a vitrified pictish Iron Age fort which lies on the Knockfarrel hill, about one mile east of Strathpeffer.

The walk up to the fort is a popular tourist attraction.

The walk can be started from Blackmuir Woods, although other routes are possible.

Loch Kinellan

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loch Kinellan is popular with bird watchers and is particularly well known amongst the bird watching community as being home to Slovakian Grebes.

It's a particularly beautiful place to visit at sunset when the sun goes down over the hills. The view over the loch is particularly stunning at sunset, in either direction.

Pavilion Gardens

Strathpeffer Pavilion gardens (maintained by Strathpeffer village garden group).

Beautiful and peaceful the gardens also have a pond, tennis court and are home to several unusual wood carvings each with their own historic tale.

Touch Stone Maze

The Touchstone Maze is constructed of ancient rocks dating as far back as 3,000 million years.

To enter it is to follow a route through Scotland’s geological history.  The path takes you away from the centre until you turn a corner and…hey presto…you’re in the middle of the maze.

From the maze there are several paths: you can carry on up to Knockfarrel or take the path back through Blackmuir Wood or jump the style to take you on a straightforward descent back into Strathpeffer.