Dornoch and Surrounding Area



Dornoch is just 1 mile away, either a short car ride or a 15 minute stroll.  Sitting on the edge of the Dornoch Firthin the county of Sutherland, the historic Royal Burgh of Dornoch boasts a tranquil location, stunning scenery and a sunny climate.  This thriving community sits on the east coast of the northern highlands that runs from the Moray Firth right up to the fishing town of Helmsdale.  It is blessed with a particularly sunny climate thanks to its sheltered position, and has miles of golden sand beaches.

Dornoch, unique with its world-class golf course, glorious beach and charming town, is a perfect holiday destination.The friendly locals are helpful and welcoming and are just one reason why 99% of visitors to Dornoch said they would come back. The remaining 1% said they would “probably” come back. Come and feel the Dornoch effect and you too will be counting the days till your next visit.  And if you can bring yourself to leave town for a little while, find out just how much you can Do from Dornoch. Close at hand you’ll find a rich variety of history, wildlife, culture and stunning scenery which will capture your imagination, inspire you to find out more and keep coming back to our beautiful townVisit Dornoch.


And for those keen golfers, it is home to the Royal Dornoch Championship Course, ranked number 5 in the world.  The coast is also a favourite with wildlife such as seals and dolphins.  The town is famed for its impressive Cathedral, founded in 1224, it was restored by the Countess of Sutherland in 1835 and again in the 20th Century.  It stands proudly in the middle of the town and is definitely worth a visit.  Pitgrudy Holiday Park is a fantastic base to then go on and explore what the North Coast of Scotland has to offer.



DORNOCH BEACH –  1/2 mile stroll away from the town you will find Dornoch beach, which is a beautiful expanse of golden sand located on the breathtaking Dornoch Firth.  Miles of golden sand stretch from Dornoch to the mound of Loch Fleet Nature Reserve.  This fine long blue flag beach has been given a Seaside Award Status as a clean bathing beach.  Its a perfect location for a day out with the children or just a stroll to take in the views.  A definite must see for anyone coming to the area.


DORNOCH CATHEDRAL – The Cathedral is a 13th century parish church set in the heart of the Royal Burgh of Dornoch,  Its stance in the middle of the town is undeniable and its beauty attracts many visitors from all over.  Weddings are held most weekends throughout the summer and its easy to see why, with such a backdrop as the Cathedral.  Visitors along with locals line the streets to watch and photograph the wedding party.


ROYAL DORNOCH GOLF CLUB – This is a championship course, ranked No. 5 in the world and No. 1 in Scotland by Golf Digest 2016.  Royal Dornoch is spellbinding and many golfers from all over the world make the pilgrimage to this natural links at some point in their lives.  It is often quoted as one of the must-play courses.  Its the timeless setting that makes Royal Dornoch such a pleasing place to play golf.


DUNROBIN CASTLE – This beautifully grand castle is the most northerly of Scotland’s great houses.  The castle is on the east coast of the Northern Highlands overlooking the Moray Firth, just north of the towns of Dornoch and Golspie.  The castle is most known for its remarkable architecture and its beautifully kept gardens which resemble that of a French chateau.  Their Falconry displays in the gardens should not be missed, a real crowd pleaser.



DORNOCH PATTISSERIE AND CAFE –    “Lovely, friendly pattisserie with excellent food and a great selection of delicious cakes”


SUTHERLAND HOUSE –   “The ambiance, service and menu are exceptional”







ROYAL KASHMIR –   “The food is very delicious and very tasty and the staff are very pleasant”


THE EAGLE HOTEL –   “Lovely clean and busy pub.  Basic bar menu but food was very good”







THE CASTLE HOTEL –   “Amazing food and service excellent – the bar has a great feel and atmosphere”