Dingwall and Cromarty Firth, Scotland.

This evening, I am posting information on the town of Dingwall, which lies about 14 miles N.W. of Inverness in the Scottish Highlands close to the southern tip of the Cromarty Firth

Summary facts and information as follows:

Dingwall Skyline

  • Population about 5500.
  • Name is of Scandinavian (Viking) origin and is derived from thing vollr or ‘field of the court of justice’.
  • Reputedly the site of the Battle of Dingwall in 1411 when Clan Mackay fought Clan Donald.
  • Served by a number of churches including Dingwall Free, Castle Street and St Clement’s.
  • Long tradition of providing recruits for the British military including Seaforth Highlanders and other units. There is a memorial to casualties of the Boer War in addition to a separate memorial for WW1 and WW2.

Dingwall War Memorial

  • Towering over Dingwall is a monument to Major-General Hector MacDonald, a soldier from the local area who had a stellar military career rising through the ranks but committed suicide in 1903 due to unfounded rumours concerning his sexual proclivities.

Hector MacDonald Monument, Dingwall, Scotland.

  • The town benefits from three supermarkets and a pedestrianized High Street.
  • To the N.W. of Dingwall is a mountain known as Ben Wyvis (‘Hill of Terror’) which reaches a height of 3432 feet.
  • Interesting places nearby include Strathpeffer, Muir of Ord and Beauly.

Dingwall Town Hall

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