The Dingwall Museum in the Town House on the High Street tells Dingwall’s story from its earliest times to the present day. Have a wander around the exhibits to gain a perspective of the history and heritage of the town and you’ll come out seeing the town in a different light.
Surrounded by rich agricultural land and with fishing boats taking their landings up the canal, it’s no wonder Dingwall gained a reputation as a market town. Today, a new agricultural complex developed on the southern outskirts, and run by Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd, has become the central livestock trading hub for the entire Highlands with sales held on most days of each week. The town also has a popular weekly farmers’ market on the second Saturday of every month.
Tourists are invited to visit the museum, or have a stroll along many of the local walks. With the pedestrian zone and the pretty shop fronts covered in flower baskets, the High Street has a definite continental feel and you can spend your time happily wandering about, doing a bit of window shopping and enjoying the holiday atmosphere.
The shops in Dingwall try to be a little bit different from the usual with unique gift and craft shops, designer boutiques, jewellers that create their own designs and friendly cafés and restaurants.
Down in the park, take a boat out on the pond and sail alongside the ducks. Anyone for tennis on the courts? Or why not just lie back on the lawns and soak up the sunshine while you enjoy a picnic.
There are lots of gentle walks in and around Dingwall. Walk along the canal to the Peffery estuary and take pleasure from the views of the Cromarty Firth. Or head for high ground and climb Mitchell Hill to the Hector Macdonald Memorial which has offers a panoramic vista across the firth and the surrounding area.
Dingwall makes a good base for touring Ross-shire. You can take relaxed day trips to Sutherland, visit the scenic Strathconnon Glen or go over to Ullapool on the West Coast and still be back in time for tea.