Former Viking capital of Scotland, Dingwall is now home to a population of around 5,500. It is situated in the heart of the Scottish Highlands at the head of the Cromarty Firth in Ross-shire, Scotland (14 miles (23 km) northwest of Inverness). Dingwall is a perfectly central spot for those wanting to explore the Scottish Highlands either by hiking, cycling, train or car. It is perfect for people who do not want the noise of a city or the isolation of a rural setting - it is a perfect happy medium offering enough amenities for a good holiday stay.
The name of Dingwall comes from the Scandinavian Þingvöllr (field or meeting-place of the thing, or local assembly) preserving the Viking connections of the town. The Gaelic name for the town is Inbhir Pheofharain, meaning "the mouth of the Peffery" (the river that runs through Dingwall out to the Cromarty Firth). The town was granted a Royal Charter in 1226 by King Alexander II and remains a Royal Burgh to this day.
If you choose to drive/walk/cycle the North Coast 500 (NC500), Dingwall will either be close to the beginning or end of your journey, as it is the fourth town from Inverness traveling the route anti-clockwise. There is a wide range of accommodation - hotels, B&Bs, holiday apartments and even a camping site all within easy reach of parking, train and bus routes.
The town has many historical and interesting buildings and monuments. The site of the Viking Thing lies beneath the Cromartie memorial, remains of Dingwall Castle (birthplace of Macbeth), the Town Hall building dating back to 1730, just to name a few.
There is a good range of takeaways and restaurants, as well as a good offering of independent stores, where you can find anything from a sewing needle to a sofa. The High Street also has first class butchers and greengrocers for those wanting to self cater - local produce at its best. There is plenty free parking around the town and everything is within walking distance.
View from Ferry Point on the Round Dingwall Walk