The lovely market town of Dingwall sits at the head of the Cromarty Firth in Ross-shire.
Take time to explore hidden treasures located all around the town, these historic and fascinating buildings, monuments and exhibitions chart the long and rich history of the town and will add that little extra something special to your visit. Dingwall also has a great range of food and drink offerings; check out the speciality cafes in the town and enjoy some great local produce! You can also enjoy a wide range of shops in Dingwall from exclusive fashion to unique gifts, there’s something for everyone.
- About the Town
Dingwall (Scots: Dingwal, Scottish Gaelic: Inbhir Pheofharain [ˈiɲɪɾʲ ˈfjɔhəɾan]) is a town and a royal burgh in the Highland council area of Scotland. It has a population of 5,491. It was an east-coast harbour that now lies inland. Dingwall Castle was once the biggest castle north of Stirling. On the town’s present-day outskirts lies Tulloch Castle, parts of which may date back to the 12th-century building. In 1411 the Battle of Dingwall is said to have taken place between the Clan Mackay and the Clan Donald.
Dingwall is the home of football team Ross County, who won promotion to the Scottish Premier League in 2012 and finished the 2012/13 season in fifth place. Despite the town’s small population, Ross County attract sizeable crowds to Victoria Park thereby maintaining the UK’s most northerly full-time squad. The team reached the 2010 Scottish Cup Final, having knocked out Celtic in the previous round. Over 17,000 Staggies fans travelled to the match.
Its name, derived from the Scandinavian Þingvöllr (field or meeting-place of the thing, or local assembly; compare Tynwald, Tingwall, Thingwall in the British Isles alone, plus many others across northern Europe), preserves the Viking connections of the town; Gaels call it Inbhir Pheofharain (pronounced [iɲiɾʲˈfjɔhəɾaiɲ]), meaning “the mouth of the Peffery” or Baile Chàil meaning “cabbage town”.
The site of the Þingvöllr, and of the medieval Moothill, lies beneath the Cromartie memorial.
Dingwall formerly served as the county town of the county of Ross and Cromarty. It lies near the head of the Cromarty Firth where the valley of the Peffery unites with the alluvial lands at the mouth of the Conon, 14 miles (23 km) northwest of Inverness.
King Alexander II created Dingwall a royal burgh in 1226, and James IV renewed its charter. On the top of Knockfarrel (Gaelic: Cnoc Fhearghalaigh), a hill about three miles (5 km) to the west, stands a large and very complete vitrified fort with ramparts.
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