Strathpeffer Spa Pavilion

Strathpeffer Pavilion (before restoration)
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Strathpeffer Pavilion (before restoration)

A grand hall at the centre of Strathpeffer in Easter Ross, the Strathpeffer Pavilion was the centre of entertainment in the Victorian spa village. Built in 1879, it provided a focus for concerts, dances and cabaret which proved popular both with visitors and locals. It served as a hospital for the US Navy during the First World War. It remained in regular use after World War II and struggled on into the 1980s, gaining a temporary boost as the venue for a succession of well-known rock bands. However, its inevitable decline came alongside the village as tourists preferred holidays overseas.

The physical fabric having deteriorated over the years, suffering its verandas being boxed in and eventually falling into disuse, the pavilion was rescued and restored by the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust, reopening in 2004. As the village is very much on the tourist trail once more, the pavilion again fulfils its original purpose as well as providing a venue for art exhibitions, weddings and conferences.

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