Cromarty Firth with Cruise Ship

Cromarty Firth with Cruise Ship

This evening, I am focusing on the town of Dingwall in the Scottish Highlands. Dingwall has a population of about 5,000 and is situated north-west of Inverness at the southern end of the Cromarty Firth. The name derives from Old Norse and translates as ‘field of the court of justice’ which reflects the town’s origins.

Dingwall and Cromarty Firth, Scotland

Dingwall and Cromarty Firth, Scotland

The town is not a major tourist destination but in the locale can be found and seen:

  • Tulloch Castle, a hotel with a long history.

    Tulloch Castle, Dingwall, Scotland

    Tulloch Castle, Dingwall, Scotland

  • The Hector MacDonald Monument, memorial to a Victorian soldier,¬†which dominates the town from an elevated position in the town cemetery.

    Hector MacDonald Monument, Dingwall

    Hector MacDonald Monument, Dingwall

  • Views of the Cromarty Firth ( bay or estuary) which is used by visiting cruise ships and feeds into the North Sea to the east.

Within a wider area can be found:

  • Ben Wyvis, a mountain to the north which rises to a height of 3433 feet.

    Ben Wyvis, Easter Ross, Scotland

    Ben Wyvis, Easter Ross, Scotland

  • Strathpeffer, an upscale spa town to the west.
  • Glen Ord Distillery and Muir of Ord to the south.
  • Black Isle (not an island) to the east where can be found the Black Isle Brewery and Chanonry Point (dolphin watching).

    Dolphin Watching at Chanonry Point

    Dolphin Watching at Chanonry Point

Black Isle Brewery, Scotland

Black Isle Brewery, Scotland

  • Beauly to the south.
  • Inverness, capital of the Highlands, to the south east.

Dingwall offers a good base to tour the Easter Ross section of the Scottish Highlands.

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