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Dingwall Rifle Range

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Range warning sign on canal path, via WP, 2009
Range warning sign on canal path
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Dingwall Rifle Range is a live firing range located on the shores of the Cromarty Firth, to the east of Dingwall.

The survey map of 1880 shows a Volunteer Rifle Range in the same area, extending some 800 yards south of the butts, and twice the length of the present day range.

Comparison of the old and new maps reveals that the present day range is not built on the site of the earlier feature, but lies less than 100 metres to the east. The Volunteer range lay adjacent to the hospital, and the line of fire ran through the present day TA (Territorial Army) centre, which is connected to a building to north by a path which probably formed part of the former range on the site.

The modern range is marked as a Danger Area on OS mapping, and actually fires over the Dingwall Canal when in use. Red flags are flown when the range is live, and appropriate care should be exercised if walking in the area at such times. The Danger Area also extends past the butts, and out into the sea for some distance.

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