What to see and do in Dingwall

Submitted by Owen McCafferty on Sun, 2009-12-20

To the south, some six miles away, is Muir of Ord, home of the Glen Ord Distillery. Makers of an excellent 12 year old Single Malt, they have a visitor centre open most of the year and guided tours are available. Just beyond Beauly, a right turn sees the road head off west towards Struy and Cannich and some of the most wonderful scenery in the Highlands. Glen Affric, beyond Cannich, is quite magnificent and provides ample opportunities for walking along the river and up into the hills. Strathpeffer is located 4 miles (6 km) west of Dingwall, along the valley of Strath Peffer, is the spa village of the same name. Further north, Glen Strathfarrer provides the same facilities in similarly wonderful scenery.

Dingwall owes much to it part time Fire Brigade, which, as a Club, has done so much for charitable causes over a long period of years. During the War the Club raised many thousands of pounds for various charities. Pefferside Park is a lasting memorial to their work. Old and young in the town are annually catered for in many ways, and during the past number of years, the Club has been responsible for organising the town’s Gala Week. This year they find that this is just too much for them in time and effort, and the various organisations in the town are taking most of the responsibility off their shoulders.

COME rain or shine, organisers of Dingwall’s annual gala week. Dingwall’s gala queen and princesses will be crowned at the Town Hall. A fancy dress competition follows at this time of event in front of the town hall. That includes an under-fives category and others for ages five to eight, nine to 12 and grown-ups, too. Children’s treasure hunt, Gala Highland Fling, Gala Baby Show, Pet Show, photography exhibition in Dingwall Museum and many more fun at this gala week.

At the east end of the high street is the railway station, which arrived in 1865 and operates the Far North Line, the town has a busy high street with a variety of shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs. In June, Dingwall Hosts The Highland Traditional Music Festival with traditional Highland music and a Highland Games each summer. Based in a small, friendly Highland town with the accent on Celtic music and participation! Come to Dingwall, capital of Ross-shire. It’s only 12 miles from Inverness by regular bus and train services. In addition to main concerts there are a number of FREE sessions and events throughout the festival weekend, + Look out for pub sessions and sets from festival artists.

Competitions will be running all week. These include a gardening competition, judging for best kept garden and best kept small front garden with tokens for winners and runners up. Well known Gaelic singer from the Highlands who is now working for Highland Council as the Mairi Mhor Gaelic Song Fellow – to promote interest and participation in Gaelic Singing.

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