Dingwall is a market town with a long and rich history dating back to beyond the times when it was a Norse settlement. Sitting at the head of the Cromarty Firth, Dingwall was made a Royal Burgh in 1226 and the town and surrounding area is steeped in history. It is the county town of Ross-shire and has been a centre for trade, administration and justice since Norse times and to this day continues to be at the centre of county activity. Served by excellent transport links and easy to reach by road, rail, bus or bike, there has never been a better time to come and visit.
Enjoy the excellent range of cultural and leisure facilities on offer. From the knowledgeable local staff at the town museum (located within the old Town House) through to a wide choice of speciality cafes and shops – and easy access to outstanding countryside for hill walking and mountain bike trails, Dingwall provides a great base from which to explore many interesting and varied local attractions.
Drovers Exhibition (Dingwall & Highland Marts)
The Highland Livestock Heritage Society’s Drovers Exhibition charts the important history of the Highland drover story. Opened by The Princess Royal in July 2008 the detailed exhibition incorporates an archive on the drovers both in electronic form and hard copy – as well as mounted wall displays tracing the era when drovers made journeys with cattle and sheep over vast distances across Highland to market.
Five miles from Dingwall, this unique Victorian Spa village boasts unspoiled architecture as well as the Highland Museum of Childhood situated on the platform of the old railway station. Interesting local walks include the Pictish Eagle Stone and the stone circle maze.
Dingwall is easily accessible by road, rail or air. It has its own railway station with regular connections to Inverness. From here it is possible to catch services to the rest of Scotland and London. Inverness airport flies to a number of locations and there is a regular bus service from the airport to the city centre. There are also regular buses from Inverness bus station to Dingwall.