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Dornoch Castle Hotel
A 500-year-old converted Scottish castle, this hotel is set in the centre of Durnoch, opposite a 13th-century cathedral. It boasts period features throughout the property, as well as fine dining and quiet walled gardens. Bright rooms all have a TV, tea/coffee and a private bathroom, whilst some also include a seating area and a four-poster bed. Many rooms have views of the hotel’s walled garden, Dornoch Firth or Dornoch Cathedral. The award-winning Garden Restaurant has original 15th-century stone walls and wooden floors. It offers traditional Scottish dishes using local produce including local seafood, Aberdeen Angus beef and Highland venison. Dornoch Castle Hotel is a 15-minute walk from the seashore and 10 minutes’ walk away is Royal Dornoch Golf Club. Pubs and restaurants are just a few minutes’ walk.
Hotels in Dornoch
Nestled on the north shore of the Dornoch Firth, the seaside resort of Dornoch attracts plenty of visitors each year thanks to its enviable coastal position, beautiful beaches, historic sites and nearby activities and attractions.
The Historylinks Museum tells the story of Dornoch and the surrounding district, making it the ideal place to start a visit to the town. Find out about legendary golf course designer Donald Ross, who started his career at the town's local club, and discover the terrible fate of Janet Horn, the last woman to be burnt as a witch in Scotland.
Spot the intriguing gargoyles peering down from the exterior of Dornoch Cathedral before taking a walk to the beautiful Falls of Shin Waterfall, where you may be lucky enough to see the salmon leaping if you time your visit right.
The city of Inverness, with its many shops, museums and attractions, lies two hours to the south of the town, and visitors should also consider taking in the wonderful scenery of the Black Isle before stopping to explore the historic town of Cromarty at the end of the peninsular.
The Royal Dornoch Golf Club's championship course was ranked sixth in Golf Digest's list of the world's top courses in 2014. Offering spellbinding views, a wild and isolated setting and challenging holes, the course is a major draw for visitors keen on their golf.
The first Dornoch Highland Gathering took place in the summer of 1887 and, with the exception of the war years, has been a permanent fixture in the town's social calendar ever since. Piping, dancing, heavy events including tossing the caber, athletics and cycling all feature during the August show.
Eating and drinking
We have a great range of Dornoch hotels listed on the website and a fantastic selection of bars and restaurants can be found within a short distance of each. An informal atmosphere, excellent menu and attentive service are on offer at Luigi's Restaurant on Castle Street, and Sutherland House is well known for its steaks as well as the quality of its extensive wine list. Perhaps settle in for an evening of fine dining at Dornoch Castle Hotel.
Try Dornoch Patisserie and Café for a snack or light lunch, or Royal Kashmir Indian restaurant for authentic Indian cuisine. Traditional country pubs are plentiful in the surrounding area, The Eagle Hotel on Castle Street being a great example.
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