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Dingwall is one of the smallest chartered burghs in Britain. Granted its burgh rights by Alexander in 226. The Vikings had their court of justice here on Greenhill at the west end of the town. The young Macbeth (mentioned in Shakespeare's play) is reputed to have lived in the castle and played on the banks of the river Peffery nearby.
You will find a wide range of the services typical of a former County Town with a particularly wide selection of shops from the intriguing to the supermarket, not to mention the interesting choice of places to enjoy a meal. A recent innovation is the farmers' market in the pedestrianised High Street on the second Saturday of each month.
To help you explore Dingwall's History we have put together a short Historic Trail. It will take you approximately 2 hours, if you decide to walk to the Hector MacDonald Memorial (see item 7 below). Alternatively you can drive up to the monument taking off about 30 minutes from the tour.
1. Dingwall Museum - This small museum is full of interesting local history. You will find a reconstructed local smiddy (Smithy or black smith's workshop) and kitchen. The volunteer staff are extremely helpful. Open daily mid May to end of September Monday to Saturday 10am to 4.30pm Tel:01349 865366
2. The Mercat Cross, the ancient symbol that the town had approval to have its own market, is believed to be over 500 years old. It marked the spot of the old market but is now kept in the museum.
3. Dingwall Town House was built in 1733. It is a splendid building in its own right.
4. Dingwall's first purpose built school is across the street from the Town House.
5. Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee was commemorated by placing a plaque on Mansfield House in 1897. Look out for the plaque as you walk down the High Street.
6. Dingwall's Almshouse was to be found on the site of the Royal Hotel, on the corner of High Street and Hill Street.