Dingwall and the Environment
Situated at the head of the Cromarty Firth, Dingwall is a small market town, but was the capital of Scotland to the Vikings. The countryside on either side contrasts starkly. To the east is the Black Isle, one of the richest agricultural areas in Scotland, with many attractions for visitors. Cromarty, at its eastern edge, is a wonderful mix of old buildings, one of the most interesting villages in Scotland. This whole area is great for wildlife lovers, with the best dolphin-watching areas in the UK as well as frequently seen magnificent Red Kites.
West of Dingwall the landscape is much more rugged, with fine woodland walks along the Blackwater river, with Rogie Falls only one example of the wonderful cascades in this area. Higher up, the valley becomes hemmed in by even higher mountains, with Ben Wyvis a true giant with magnificent views.
View of Dingwall from Mitchell Hill
James Blake was a much loved young man who died in February 2019. He and his wife Sarah lived near the former harbour at the end of what was once Dingwall’s canal. The canal fell into disuse in the 1880s but since that time its banks have been popular walkways for townsfolk and with the provision of a footbridge at the harbour end it was possible to have an extended, circular walk. This was something James and Sarah loved to do …..