By Gabbi Armstrong
Communications Project Manager for the North Coast 500
Published: 20th June 2018

The market town of Dingwall

Dingwall is a town undergoing rejuvenation and has many hidden gems for NC500 travellers to enjoy. Without giving ranking order Michael from GlenWyvis Distillery has suggested some useful, fun and interesting things to do whilst you visit Dingwall.

Photo: Andrew Dowsett Photography, Dingwall and Ben Wyvis

1. Dingwall Museum – It is recommended to park at Green Hill Street Car Park behind the main High street of Dingwall. You will find an electric charge point there and public toilets. There is a short walk to the High Street. On Dingwall High Street you will find the Dingwall Museum – enjoy to the museum is free,you will always find something happening at the Museum. Throughout the season it provides facilities for encouraging enthusiasts to display their hobbies and interests. Did you have ancestors from Dingwall? Find out how you can retrace your roots here.

2.Sports and Model Shop – A short walk on the High Street leads you to the Sports and Model Shop. If you are in the area for outdoor sports and require a top up of equipment then visit the traditional Fishing Tackle and Model shop. The shop is jam packed full of Fishing Rods, Spinning Reels, Fly Reels, Multiplier Reels, Fly Lines, Fishing Lines and Models carefully selected to tempt you.

3. Picaresque Books – A little further down the High Street you will find Picaresque Books. A wonderful little shop on the High Street in Dingwall, full of an eclectic selection of Books and Artworks of all kinds with a mix of antique, vintage and contemporary works.

Picaresque Books & Fanoosh gallery

4. Courtyard CaféThe Courtyard Café is situated just behind the book store if you are in need of a nice cake and warm cup of tea. It is a nice place to relax and enjoy local produce.

5. Pefferside Park and Pond – Central to Dingwall is Pefferside Park. Ideal for a relaxing walk or run around in the outdoor play park the park also boasts rental paddling boats in peak season.

6. Auction Mart – On the Maryburgh exit road leaving Dingwall the Auction Mart deals primarily in livestock sales. The Drovers Rest Café can be found at the Mart and offer a delicious comfortable cafe experience.

7. CockBurns Butchers – On the Strathpether exit route,the world renowned butchers Cockburns offers award winning haggis. Why not send one home for your return?

George Cockburn & Sons Butchers

8. Neil Gunn Monument – A little further down the road is the route to the Neil Gunn Monument. The monument is situated near to Brae Farmhouse where the Caithness-born author lived for many years and where he wrote many of his books. Visiting the monument offers an alternative route out west whilst taking in some spectacular views.

9. GlenWyvis Distillery – On route you will discover GlenWyvis Distillery. The world’s first community owned and crowd funded distillery. GlenWyvis offers Gin, Whisky and the opportunity to own shares in the distillery. Visit

Glen Wyvis Distilllery


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