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Bay Highland Hotel, Strathpeffer

The Highlands

Bay Highland Hotel, Strathpeffer

Customer Rating: (13 Customer Reviews)

At a glance;

  • Situated among attractive grounds and gardens
  • Located in Strathpeffer, a town surrounded by history and Scottish heritage
  • Local attractions include Glen Old Distillery, Clach an Tiompain, Castle Leod, Tobar a' Chinn and more
  • Open Veranda provides scenic view across the valleys

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Hotel information

Scotland’s dramatic Northern Highlands are spectacular and wild with mountainous countryside, sparkling streams, waterfalls and golden shores. 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 welcome 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. The hotel benefits from its own car park at the front of the building.

The hotel benefits from its own car park which is located at the front of the building.

Great for

  • Walking

Bay Highland Hotel Premier Room

Typical Premier Room at Bay Highland Hotel

Our most luxurious room option, most of our Premier Rooms come with a four poster bed as well as a spacious refitted bathroom that accommodates both bath and a separate shower. These bedrooms will normally offer extras such as comfortable seating area, a 32 inch digital flat screen television, hair dryer as well as a hospitality tray.

  • En-suite with separate bath and shower
  • Luxurious four poster bed
  • 32 inch digital flat screen television
  • Large bedroom with comfortable seating
  • Hair dryer and shaving point

Bay Highland Hotel Superior Room

Typical Superior Room at Bay Highland Hotel

Our Superior Rooms are more spacious and tastefully refurbished, they offer luxurious beds, a 26 inch digital flat screen television. The spacious bathrooms have been refitted with shower over bath. These rooms also come with the facilities to make yourself a hot drink.

  • 26 inch digital flat screen television
  • En-suite bathrooms with shower of bath
  • Spacious rooms
  • Hair dryer and shaving point
  • The above image represents a typical Superior Room

Bay Highland Hotel Standard Plus Room

Just launched – our newly redesigned Standard Plus rooms make it even easier to relax in comfort and style. Features include attractive new decor, contemporary furnishings and flat-screen TV.

  • Flat screen Television
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • En-Suite
  • Hair dryer and telephone
  • The above image represents a typical standard plus room

Bay Highland Hotel Standard Room

Typical Standard Room at Bay Highland Hotel

Our Standard Rooms are charming and have everything you would expect. The rooms have digital televisions, tea and coffee making facilities as well as an en-suite bathroom. 

  • En-suite and WC
  • Telephone
  • Digital television
  • Shaving point

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Hotel Accessibility

Here at Bay Hotels we want you to have the best short break possible. We are happy to provide advice to guests with special needs who wish to take breaks at our Hotels. In order to avoid disappointment and/or misunderstandings, please contact us on 01942 496 507 to discuss any needs that you may have.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do you have single rooms?
    Yes, in most of our hotels.

  • Do you take dogs and pets?
    We do not allow dogs and pets into our hotels, with the exception of guide dogs.

  • Do you have lifts in all hotels?
    We have lifts in most of our hotels.

  • What time is check in time?
    3pm in the afternoon.

  • What time is check out time?
    10am in the morning.

  • Do you have smoking rooms?
    We do not allow smoking in any parts of our hotels.


Stay in the Strathpeffer valley close to the grandeur of the Northern Highlands, Loch Ness and Inverness.

How to get there

By Car:

From the direction of Inverness, take the A9 to Tore Roundabout, following signs for Strathpeffer. The hotel is located in the village centre, on the right hand side, just above the village square. AA Roadwatch 09003 401100.

By Train:

The nearest train station is Dingwall, 5 miles away, which had a limited service from Inverness, 23 miles away. (Rail enquiries to 08457 484950).

By National Express:

Services to Inverness. (National Express enquiries to 08705 808080 and Scottish Citylink enquiries to 08705 505050).

By Taxi:

From Dingwall: C&E Taxis 01349 862412 or Don’s Taxis 01349 866654.

From Inverness: Inverness Taxis 01463 221111.

By Bus:

Stagecoach service number 27 operates from Inverness to Strathpeffer village centre. The hotel is on your right, clearly visible from the road.

Bay Highland Hotel

Bay Highland Hotel


Highland Region


IV14 9AN

Res: 01997 421457

Tel: 01997 421457

Local Attractions

The following places, attractions and things to do are easily reached from Strathpeffer:

  • Loch Ness
  • Cairngorms
  • Rogie Falls
  • Strathpeffer Golf Course
  • Inverness
  • Urquhart castle
  • Fortrose Cathedral

Local Insight

Located about 20 miles northwest of Inverness, you will come to the lovely village of Strathpeffer. It is a sheltered glen that was once a popular spa town in Victorian times due to the sulphur springs that were found here in the 18th century. This village was the scene of fierce fighting between the MacKenzies and the MacDonalds in the 15th century and later between the MacKenzies and the Munros. The MacKenzies won the battles in both cases.

  • Highlands Museum of Childhood
    Growing up in the Highlands of Scotland would be a very different proposition to growing up in a major city, especially in times gone by, before telephones and computers made the world smaller. This museum of childhood examines the way that children have lived in this area and the way that childhood has changed more generally as the world has developed and attitudes with it.

  • Dingwall Museum
    Dingwall Museum is a small but beautifully developed museum that is dedicated to the study and history of the town and the people that have lived in it. There are some archaeological pieces on display that show the fact that there has been a presence of human kind in the area for many thousands of years. In the museum you will also find a fascinating collection of antiques, documents and pictures.

  • Fort George
    Following the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Jacobite army at Culloden, the Hanoverian King George II put up the ultimate defence against any further unrest - Fort George. Built on a barren spit of land jutting in the Moray Firth at Ardersier, north east of Inverness, Fort George is the mightiest artillery fortification in Britain, if not in Europe. Its elaborate 18th-century bastioned defences and original garrison buildings survive intact. Almost a mile around, Fort George encloses an area of 42 acres. Despite taking 21 years to complete and costing nearly £1 billion at today's prices, Fort George never saw a shot fired in anger.
    Visit their website

  • Culloden
    Culloden Moor, scene of the last battle fought on mainland Britain, is one of the most iconic and emotive sites in Scotland. The battle that took place here on 16th April 1746 effectively ended Jacobite hopes of restoring the exiled Stuart dynasty to the throne of Britain. The army of Prince Charles Edward Stuart was crushed by Government forces led by the Duke of Cumberland. In less than an hour - the time it takes to walk round the battlefield - it was over. The brutal measures imposed after the battle signalled the end of the distinctive way of life and culture of the Highland people of Scotland.

Great for

  • Walking


Entertainment Programme


On Monday & Saturday Evenings
Vocal Instrumentalist
Ronnie Shaw

On Tuesday Evenings
And evening of music and song with
Raymond Chuchuk
With an appearance by The Ben Wyvis Scottish Dancers

On Wednesday and Friday Evenings
Ronnie Ross

Presents an evening of music and song

On Thursday & Sunday Evenings
An evening of entertainment with
Raymond Chuchuk

On Sunday Evenings
Graeme Bell


The entertainment programme advertised is subject to change for reasons beyond our control without prior notice.

S Andrews


rating is 3 stars

1 December 2013

Really enjoyable holiday

The hotel is in a great location, and the food and menu choice was excellent. The room we had was okay a bit dated but the problem was it was on the ground floor and the floors/walls must be very thin. It was like having a herd of elephants roaming over our heads, we heard every movement they made, which was a lot. Having said that the holiday was great, really enjoyed the excursions as our driver Wayne kept us entertained with his banter. Would certainly recommend Shearings coach holidays.

Colin Roberts


rating is 4 stars

12 October 2013

A Great Holiday

We stayed here on a Shearings holiday. The food, menu and service very good. Beds were comfortable. Only 5 channels and no text on TV. Decor 'a little tired' as paint on skirting had a lot of chips and carpet had some bad stains. Lift looked old and was slow but worked alright. Entertainment every night and coach excursions and train journeys were great. Our drivers Tony and Wayne were very knowledgeable and certainly added to the entertainment.

Lesley James

Gosport, Hampshire

rating is 3 stars

8 September 2013

Enjoyed my stay

I enjoyed my stay in the Bay Highland Hotel. However my rating would be higher if a few touches of TLC had been applied to the room. The Valances on the bed were badly in need of a wash and the lining of the curtains in shreds. Having said that the room was clean and the bathroom was excellent with a shower (How did you get the cracks in the sink and loo?)

Janice Erskine

South Sheilds

rating is 5 stars

5 May 2013


This is our first Shearings holiday the room was very large but comfortable although the single bed springs you could feel through the mattresses but didn’t disturb my sleep and hasn’t put me off returning although I think I would upgrade to premier room. The restaurant staff were amazing especially Kristine and Betty really helpful and no matter what I requested they were willing to help or find an alternative to cater for my dietary needs. Excellent hotel keep up the good work.

Linda Cope


rating is 4 stars

13 September 2012


We have stayed in lots of Shearings hotels so kind of know what to expect - however, this was one of their better hotels with good sized room, nice food, friendly staff, and in a beautiful setting. Handy for getting to other places in the area- we went on the bus (free with bus pass) to Inverness and Dingwall and drove to the Black Isle where we saw dolphins swimming close into shore...amazing! We also visited the Black Isle Brewery which was interesting...Lovely weekend break.

Mick and Bev


rating is 3 stars

22 March 2012


On plus side. Hotel I would rate 3 * very clean .staff very good. Polite Food reasonable, location great room large with good views. Negative side not a lot in the village quite cut off if you wanted change from hotel bar, but the only main complaint was the beds they were the worst I have ever stayed in lumpy could feel springs had to sleep on top with extra blankets underneath as a topper but still could not sleep hope they change them soon could have been bought second hand from Guantanamo bay.

Ken Bird


rating is 5 stars

9 May 2011

Weekend Break

We had a weekend break at the Highland Hotel. My wife and I could no fault it. Our room was at the front of the hotel and had a lovely view. The staff were first class and the food was lovely. The entertainment was okay. The coach driver Leo made the day trips very interesting. A really nice weekend.


Wigton, Cumbria

rating is 5 stars

25 April 2011

Best Birthday Ever

I, my mother and two of her friends came for the weekends to celebrate my mother’s 70th birthday. It was fantastic! The staff were wonderful and my mother and the rest of us had a great weekend away.  They made my mother feel so special, singing to her, she loved it! Thank you all very much; we will definitely come back in the future.

Mrs Maureen Evans


rating is 5 stars

10 April 2011

What Views!

This is the best hotel I have stayed in. The staff are great, the food is superb and the situation of the hotel is stunning. I will definitely be going back some time. For the time of year, even the weather was lovely.


County Durham

rating is 3 stars

22 February 2011

Strathpeffer Weekend

There were 8 people in our party. We were all booked in the Bay hotel, Strathpeffer fully inclusi9ve weekend. We really enjoyed the hotel; the rooms were not very modern but very clean. Food, very good for the price, one could not complain, all staff were lovely, helpful and friendly.

Elaine Searson


rating is 3 stars

18 February 2011

Relaxing Break

We visited the Highland Hotel in January 2010 with freezing temperatures of - 6 on arrival. The hotel was a welcome sight, old but in a lovely setting, the rooms were clean, basic and warm and the bath was very deep so you could have a good old soak. The food was plentiful and hot with a good choice, the staff you could not fault them, nothing was too much trouble and the entertainment was good. We will return this year; our coach driver was great too, with a lot of knowledge about the area.



rating is 3 stars

25 November 2010


I have stayed here several times, usually, twice per year. Always first class in everything. Okay, some of the rooms can be a bit basic and some of the beds can be a bit ‘lumpy’. Entertainment is excellent. I’d still rate it as 100%. Equally as good as the sister hotel, at the Dornoch. The Dornoch Hotel will also get a couple of visits from me in 2011.


Workington, Cumbria

rating is 5 stars

1 January 0001

Just what we needed

We booked a weekend away at the Highland hotel, to get away and enjoy some peace and quiet. We were not disappointed. The Hotel is situated in the centre of the village and is a fantastic view to see when you first arrive. The staff are very helpful and will assist you with anything you ask for. The rooms - while basic - are spotlessly clean and well cared for. The food is good quality and the service is outsatnding. The bar prices are reasonable. We will be visiting again.

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