The name Dingwall is of Norse origin, demonstrating the rich Viking history of this region. Road bridges across the firths have provided a straight route from Inverness to Dingwall, easing travel to Inverness Airport. Dingwall's train station connects the town to the Highlands and Sutherlandshire.
Dingwall Museum is open to the public in summer, whilst Dingwall Academy provides secondary education and shares its premises with the local library. A robust retail sector includes a large Tesco supermarket and an industrial estate, with a sports stadium promoting athletics in the town.