Dingwall

Highland | Town |

[High Street, Dingwall]

Dingwall is an historic town guarding the head of the Cromarty Firth. Despite now being bypassed by the main road north, clues to its former importance include its Royal Burgh status and the name itself: a corruption of the Scandinavian Þingvöllr, meaning meeting place or parliament. Any other Viking links are now scarce on the ground - as are any remains of the old castle - but the smart town centre is still an attractive place for a wander, with lots of affordable places to eat and a built-up feel which is increasingly scarce this far north in Scotland. There are pleasant, gentle walks and marine life-spotting opportunities in the wider area, while the MacDonald Monument overlooks the town from a steep hillside to the south.

[Musuem & tolbooth]

Location & info

📌 Dingwall
Highland, G.R.: NH 550587 ///ramps.clips.giants

🚌 The town has good transport links, with a railway station on the lines between Inverness and Thurso / Wick / Kyle of Lochalsh. There are also buses from Inverness and several local settlements.



See & do (<1 mi away)

>> Dingwall Museum (not yet featured)
>> MacDonald Monument (Dingwall) ★★

Nearby (1-5 mi away)

📌 Foulis Point to Ardullie Point seals
💬 100+ seals reputedly haul out here, with easy access for visitors via the A9 - but we've found sightings to be unreliable.
Views from laybys on the A9 immediately north of Cromarty Bridge, 2 mi south of Evanton, G.R.: NH 590628 ///opposing.rocks.unfilled
Always open | Free

>> Strathpeffer page: Strathpeffer ★★★; Clach an Tiompain ★★; Highland Museum of Childhood ★★ (4 mi ←)
>> Walk: Views to amaze on Knockfarrel Ridge ★★★ (4 mi ←)

[Dingwall from the road to the MacDonald Monument]

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