Dingwall Scotland

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A Friendly Welcome to Dingwall Scotland

map of dingwallDingwall is the County Town of Ross and Cromarty, a mere 12 miles away from the City of Inverness. Sitting at the head of the Cromarty Firth, Dingwall was made a Royal Burgh in 1226 and is an excellent base from which to visit many of the interesting parts of the east coast, the Black Isle and - to the west - the glens of the central Highlands.
Variety of Shops
Dingwall has the benefit of free parking and has ample parking space within easy reach of the High Street. The majority of the High Street is pedestrianised making the area an ideal place to enjoy a wide variety of shops. These range from speciality shops, clothing shops, essential food stores, chemists, a post office to banks and newsagents. Dingwall also boasts three high quality butcher shops. In addition there are major super-markets and a weekly auction room. A Shopmobility scheme operates in the town centre to make life easy for anyone requiring access to local shops and facilities.
Places to Eat
There are many places to eat in the town ranging from quick take-away food right through to quality hotel cuisine. Not only are all tastes catered for, including Indian and Chinese, but thereare also an abundance of cafes from the Railway Station to the High Street.
Monthly Farmer's Market
A highly successful Farmer's Market is regularly held in the High Street on the second Saturday of each month.

Accommodation in and around Dingwall

Price Guide - per person based on sharing room: under $40 - $41 - 70 - more than $70

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Welcome to Moydene.
We have a lovely dining room for you to enjoy your breakfast in comfort. Breakfast is served until 9:30am. You can expect a full cooked Scottish breakfast to set you up for the day!

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Camping and Caravanning Club SitePlaces to stay in Dingwall
The site is in the grounds of Culzean Castle. From the shore you can see across the Firth of Clyde to the isle of Arran and the superb sunsets. Non-members welcome. As a Club member, you can enjoy a lifetime of rich experiences.
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Tulloch Castle Hotel
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Welcome to Tulloch Castle Hotel. A 12th Century Castle with friendly ghost, sensitively upgraded in the past 2 years. Bedroom/bathrooms (with all modern facilities) individually designed to retain character of this historic building.
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Rose Cottage
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Rose Cottage provides comfortable accommodation and is situated in a quiet area mid-way between Dingwall and Strathpeffer 150yds off the main road.The house is set in a large (.5 hectare/1acre) attractive and peaceful garden.
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Mountgerald Holiday Cottages Dingwall Dingwall accommodation
Welcome to Mountgerald Holiday Cottages. Mountgerald Holiday Cottages are set on the beautiful Highland farm of Mountgerald, the perfect base to explore the mountains, glens and distilleries of the Highlands.

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Kirkton Farm Cottage
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Kirkton Farm Cottage is situated on a working farm overlooking Udale bay in the rural area of Resolis in the Black Isle. This traditional farm cottage is comfortable and well equipped, being fully modernised to a high standard.
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Things to Do
There is a new library which opened in the new Academy this year. Over in Tulloch Street the Community Centre and the Gaelic Resource Centre, both provide good specialised facilities.
A park, boating pond, tennis courts and children's play area provide a pleasant, tranquil setting for relaxation for all ages, situated alongside the River Peffery.
There is also a first-class caravan park on the eastern side of the Town, close to the Ross County football ground, home to a thriving and successful Scottish League club. Just by the ground is an all-weather pitch which is available to all the community.
At the end of Ferry Road is an excellent water-side picnic site with wonderful views down the Firth and of the mountains to the north and west. From the rail station you can travel to Thurso in the north and Kyle of Lochalsh in the west.
Full Range of Leisure Facilities
The Leisure Centre, located near to the Academy, has a large heated swimming pool, a range of extensive modern fitness equipment and a large games hall providing facilities for fitness classes, gymnastics, hockey, judo, football and badminton. The Puffin Hydrotherapy Pool also adds to the town's facilities and is situated just behind the Hospital in Ferry Road.
Golfers may wish to visit the nearby Strathpeffer 18-hole course which lies in a wonderful hilly setting just 5 miles (8 km.) to the west.

Walks Around Dingwall
Canal and Firth
This is a pleasant walk along the banks of the Canal and the shores of the Cromarty Firth. It is about 3 miles in length and takes about 1 1/2 hours.

Starting at the river bridge in Tulloch Street, follow the waymarkers along the canal bank for Ferry Picnic Site and Pitglassie. Beyond the railway crossing, tree-lined paths run along both sides of the Canal to the Ferry Picnic Site.
Here there are excellent views out over the Cromarty Firth and the Conon River estuary. The path continues inland from the Picnic Site along the edge of the estuary.

This can be a good place for spotting wintering wild fowl such as greylag geese, widgeon and goldeneye. The path allows you to turn away from the estuary and head towards Pitglassie Farm. See map below - the route is marked in green.

This route climbs via Craig Wood to visit Tulloch Castle, overlooking the Town, and returns via Tulloch Wood. It is about 3 1/2 miles long and takes about 2 hours
Follow Craig Road out of Town on the northbound A862. Beyond the houses on the left, the first waymarker indicates the path for Craig Wood. The path passes through lovely woodland before beginning to climb quite steadily.

Running up the Dingwall side of a deep gully, you eventually get great views over the Town and the Cromarty Firth towards the Black Isle. At the top of Craig Wood, the route crosses the road to Evanton (beware of traffic!) and then heads left for Tulloch Farm and the Castle, which is now a popular hotel and conference centre.

The path continues beyond the castle on an old tree-lined drive. Follow the waymarkers for the Town centre which take you back down through Tulloch Wood to Bridgend Avenue and Tulloch Avenue. See map below - the route is marked in red.
To Knockfarrel and Fodderty (3)

This is a pleasant walk up through farmland to the crofting settlement on the south side of Knockfarrel, the site of an Iron Age fort, returning via Fodderty and Brae Farm. It is about 5 1/2 miles in length and takes about 2 1/2 hours.

Follow the A834 west along the High Street until it bears sharp right. Here take the left junction, Knockbain Road, up the hill and follow the waymarkers for Knockfarrel and Strathpeffer. The road goes past Knockbain Farm and out on to open countryside. Further on there are excellent views over Dingwall to the Cromarty Firth. The path eventually joins the small road running through the crofting settlement of Knockfarrel overlooking Loch Ussie - a haven for wildlife.

The hill of Knockfarrel was the site of a 3,000-year-old Iron Age fort and you can still see the vitrified wall where stones were melted together by fire to create strong ramparts. From the summit there are wonderful panoramic views in all directions. From Knockfarrel the return route back to Dingwall takes you via Fodderty, Brae Farm and Lower Dochcarty. See map below the route is marked in blue.

Here in Easter Ross and The Black Isle....
Using Dingwall as your base, there is a wealth of places to visit in the surrounding area. The map on the right shows the surrounding area - just click on the image to see a larger scale map.

Victorian Strathpeffer
Strathpeffer is a Victorian Spa town and the healing waters can still be tasted in the recently renovated Pump Room. There is also the Highland Museum of Childhood in the old station building. This is open from March to October and, with a tearoom next door, makes an interesting afternoon visit.

Unique Beauty
To the west of Strathpeffer is Strathconon, another wonderful Highland glen with its own unique beauty and recently the subject of a television series.
Northwest of Strathpeffer are the spectacular Rogie Falls, and a walk down into the ravine and across the suspension bridge can be a perfect way to round off the day.

Beauly Priory
To the south, some six miles away, is Muir of Ord, home of the Glen Ord Distillery. Makers of an excellent 12 year old Single Malt, they have a visitor centre open most of the year and guided tours are available.
At nearby Beauly are the ruins of the old Priory, and on the outskirts of this attractive town is the Made in Scotland Craft Shop. This may provide an opportunity to purchase a gift not available elsewhere.

Just beyond Beauly, a right turn sees the road head off west towards Struy and Cannich and some of the most wonderful scenery in the Highlands. Glen Affric, beyond Cannich, is quite magnificent and provides ample opportunities for walking along the river and up into the hills. Further north, Glen Strathfarrer provides the same facilities in similarly wonderful scenery.

Seal Colony
To the north-east beyond the Ardullie roundabout, on the main A9 trunk road, is an excellent viewpoint to see the local seal colony.
A further 4 1/2 miles to the north-east is Alness, a town which takes great pride in its appearance. Very recently it won the Britain in Bloom and Beautiful Scotland in Bloom competitions. On the outskirts of Alness is the Dalmore Distillery which has a visitor centre and guided tours.
Overlooking Alness is the monument on Fyrish Hill - a replica of a gateway to a town in India captured by a local General in 1781. Its construction provided work at a time of local unemployment in the area. The car park at the base of the hill is an ideal starting point, and a climb to the top, to enjoy the wonderful panoramic views, and back takes about 2 1/2 hours.

Tremendous History
Invergordon, just beyond Alness, is a town with a tremendous military history stretching back through two world wars and now a centre for oil-rig refurbishment and maintenance. It is also a major port of call for cruise liners.

Fine Single Malt
To the north-east is Tain and the Seaboard villages of Balintore and Portmahomack on the Fearn Peninsula. Just outside Tain is the Glenmorangie Distillery, makers of some of the finest single malt whiskies in the world. The visitor centre is open every weekday and guided tours are available.
Tain claims to be Scotland's oldest Royal Burgh with a charter that dates back to 1066. As the birthplace of St. Duthac, the town was an important destination for pilgrims, and St. Duthac's chapel and surrounding buildings are part of the 'Tain through Time' guided tour - well worth a visit.
Balintore is one of the driest and sunniest places in Britain, and offers pleasant walks along the foreshore. Boats are available in the harbour for charter which can be used for sea angling.

Coastal Walks
Portmahomack, on the other side of the Fearn Peninsula, attracts people who enjoy sailing and sailboarding. There are also wonderful coastal walks to Tarbat Ness where the lighthouse is the second highest in Britain.
The Black Isle, reached by crossing the Cromarty Firth by the bridge at Ardullie, or via the ferry from Nigg, has many places of interest. At Cromarty, The Courthouse, Parish Church and Hugh Miller's Cottage are just some of the places to visit in this historic and picturesque coastal village.

History of the Picts
Some 12 miles (19km) from Cromarty is Rosemarkie, a town with wonderful beaches and excellent coastal walks with views across the Moray Firth. The town also houses the Groam House Museum which provides a history of the ancient inhabitants of the north, the Picts. To the north of the town is a lovely inland walk up Fairy Glen on the banks of the local river.
At nearby Fortrose is the 14th century Cathedral, and between Rosemarkie and Fortrose is Chanonry Point, site of another lighthouse, and a viewpoint - in the right weather conditions - of the local Dolphin population.
Near Munlochy is the Black Isle Wildlife and Country Park, an ideal entertainment for all the family.

Warm Welcome
This is just a taste of the many places you can visit in the area and it is certain that the warm welcome you have received in Dingwall will be repeated in any of the places you choose to visit here, in Easter Ross and the Black Isle...

History of Dingwall A Bríef History of Dingwall by David MacDonald

Dingwall owes its place-name to Norwegian Vikings who ruled northern Scotland from about the end of the ninth century AD. Dingwall, at the sheltered head of the Cromarty Firth and a place from which the west coast could be reached by way of easy overland routes along the river valleys, became a significant place of Viking administration and decision making. In Norse the name Dingwall means meeting place.

Positioned on the frontier between Norse held northern Scotland and the kingdom of the Scots, Dingwall was fought over by both sides. It is believed that during one of the periods it was in the hands of the Scots Dingwall was where Macbeth was born in 1005.

It is thought that the town of Dingwall was first created by the Norse Earl Thorfinn the Mighty round about 1050.

Control of the area by the Scottish Kings was not finally achieved until about 1200. In 1226 King Alexander II erected Dingwall into a royal burgh with trading rights throughout Scotland and overseas. The layout of the old town centre is recognisably medieval. There are still buildings gable-ended to the High Street with narrow lanes (locally termed closes or courts) running between them.

The fortress at Dingwall, probably first established by the Norse, became one of the thirty royal castles of the Scottish kingdom. During the War of Independence the Castle was garrisoned by the forces of Edward I of England. It was captured for Robert Bruce by William, Earl of Ross. From the Castle in 1314 the Earl led the men of Ross to play their part in the Battle of Bannockburn. In reward King Robert in 1321 granted the Castle with the town and lands of Dingwall to the Earl of Ross.

The Castle became the main residence of the Earl of Ross, who met with the lords of his council on the moothill of Dingwall, just as earlier the Viking Earl and his chieftains had done.

In 1411 Angus, Lord of the Isles, unsuccessfully sought to win his claim to the earldom by seizing Dingwall Castle. Eventually in 1438 Alexander, Lord of the Isles, was recognised as Earl of Ross.

Alexander settled in Dingwall where he lived as a great prince. From there, as one of the two Justiciars of Scotland, he ruled the whole of Scotland north of the Tay. His son John was not as successful. He unwisely made a secret treaty with Edward IV of England to share Scotland between them. When James III, King of Scots, discovered the existence of that treaty, he had the earldom confiscated in 1475. Ever since, the second son of the monarch has held the title of Earl of Ross. The Castle and the burgh again became royal possessions.

Favoured by the Crown, the power of Clan Mackenzie spread throughout Ross. No longer needed for control of Ross, the Castle of Dingwall was abandoned by the Crown about 1600. The Castle slowly fell into ruin and was used as a quarry until it was finally levelled in 1817, leaving visible, but few, fragments.

With administration of Ross no longer centred on Dingwall Castle the town after 1600 slipped into a state of poverty, but clung on to its status as a royal burgh. Events in the eighteenth century brought the beginnings of a revival in the town’s fortunes.

The 1707 Treaty of Union ended a Parliament in Edinburgh, but maintained Dingwall’s right to play a part in the sending of a member to the United Kingdom Parliament at Westminster. Each of the northern Scottish royal burghs – Dingwall, Tain, Dornoch, Wick, Thurso and Kirkwall – had one vote in the election of an MP to represent all five of them. Dingwall town council became notorious for accepting bribes in return for its vote. In 1730 money for that vote was used to build Dingwall’s Town House. By the same means in 1774 Dingwall built its first town clock on the central tower of the Town House. It stood there until 1906, when the present clock tower, a near-replica of the first, was erected.

Feuding between Mackenzies and Munros for Dingwall’s parliamentary vote led at times to violent riots on Dingwall High Street. In 1740 the wife of a Mackenzie councillor was fatally shot when Munro troops opened fire along the High Street.

In 1745 the Provost of Dingwall, the Earl of Cromartie, led his Mackenzie clansmen out in rebellion to join with Prince Charles Edward Stewart. Defeat of the Jacobites at Culloden brought an end to clan violence. In its work of bringing a new order to Ross the Sheriff Court at Dingwall became one of the busiest in Scotland. Defending illicit distillers and smugglers made Dingwall lawyers both prosperous and unusually numerous for a small town.

Towards 1800 agricultural changes created commercial farming and much increased consequent business to the market town. The construction of parliamentary, or Telford, roads in the early nineteenth century made Dingwall the busiest route centre in Northwest Scotland. In 1843 Dingwall, the road centre of Ross, gained full recognition as County Town.

In 1817 a canal was excavated to bring larger ships into the town. The Dingwall designer and builder of the canal ignored Telford’s advice that, to avoid silting, the River Peffery should not flow through it. In 1840 use of the mudded Canal was abandoned.

Railways made Dingwall the key northern Scotland junction, leading to its further growth as an agricultural market and retail centre. Permanent livestock markets were established in the town about 1890. In 2003 these marts relocated to modern premises and freed an extensive town centre site for a large superstore.

Following the South African War of 1899-1902 and then the Great War of 1914-18 three striking memorial monuments were erected. They remain prominent landmarks in the town centre. An impressive stone tower erected in 1907 in commemoration of a local hero, “Fighting Mac”, Major-General Sir Hector MacDonald, from its hilltop site looks northwards over the town.