Dornoch has a world class reputation for Golf. In addition, there are many other activities available in this lovely area, amazing vistas over hills, glens and sea. There is pony trekking, swimming, sea and river fishing, walks in forests and hills, with ‘Munros’ in easy distance. Nearby Loch Fleet offers interesting birdwatching and wildlife with ospreys, seals and otters. The Orkney Isles and the spectacular West Coast are within the scope of a day’s outing from Dornoch.
See www.visitdornoch.com for activities that you can arrange in advance of your stay in Dornoch.
In the immediate area there are some super activities to make a your visit memorable…
- Golf: There are many high quality golf and links golf courses noteably Golspie, Brora and, of course, our own Royal Dornoch, rated number 6 in the world!
- Dunrobin Castle: A few miles up the coast lies one of the most northerly of Scotland’s great houses and dates to 1300 [Dunrobin Castle Website]
- Sea Mammals: Seals visit our Loch Fleet daily and can be seen from the shore, when hauling out to bask in the
sun. Dolphins and occasionally whales cruise by. Boat tours few miles further south down the Moray firth at Cromarty.
- Dornoch Cathedral: The Cathedral is a short stroll down Castle Street. Dornoch Castle Hotel, former Palace of the Bishops of Caithness, stands opposite. Next door to the Castle is The Jail, which was the jail for over a 100 years, but has now been turned into a shopping experience, with high quality clothing and other unique gifts. Soon to open is the Carnegie Court House, with an Information Centre, Cafeteria, Delicatessen, Spa.
- Whisky Distilleries: To the South our local distillery in Tain hosts the famous Glenmorangie and to the North, Clynelish on the outskirts of Brora (the original home of the famous Brora single malt)
- Bird Watching: A wide variety of habitats make Dornoch an ideal location for observing birds.
- Mountain Biking: Some of the longest downhill runs in the country are here. For further information, visit the local Highland Wildcats Trails website.