Water and Health: Strathpeffer

Strathpeffer, a village in the Scottish highlands, was once famous for its variety of mineral springs. The Victorian health spa pumped waters up through different pipes–or, when pumps didn’t work, workers pulled sulfur-encrusted water up by the buckets. Everyone from resident health providers to street hawkers sold it to those who flocked to the springs “for the cure.” Listen to a short (8 minute) on-site description of the way it worked, in this August 18 podcast from the BBC’s “Scotland Outdoors.” The spa story runs from minute 11 to minute 19.

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