Immediate Local Area around Dornoch

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.

North Coast 500 and Wider North Highlands Attractions

North Coast 500

Dornoch has always been a fabulous location to spend a few days exploring the sights and scenes and many activities mentioned above.  But as typified by the North Coast 500 initiative we are now finding increasing numbers of you using us as a stopping place to investigate the wider highlands.  In this section there are some attractions to visit from Inverness, John O’Groats to  Durness and the magnificent beaches and rugged coastline of the West Coast.

North Coast 500
Castles, Towns and History

Castle of Mey is one of many local visitor sites on the North Coast.   With Thurso, Wick, Durness and Ullapool on the main coastal 500 mile tourist road as day trip destinations each with their own history and sites of interest such as Pulteney Distillery in Wick.

Castles, Towns and History
Tourism, Supported Enthusiastically

Tourism is supported enthusiastically by local businesses, eateries, pubs, shops and hotels across the Highlands of Scotland and from Dornoch to the famous John O’Groats!

Tourism, Supported Enthusiastically
Orkney, Daily Ferries from Thurso and Gills Bay

Orkney is a short ferry trip from Scrabster, in Thurso.  A day trip with ancient history to see from several millennia back from the Standing Stones of Stenness to the unique Skara Brae and much more! Other Orkney ferries and day trips from Jogferry, Pentland Ferries from nearby Gills Bay offers competitive rates.

Orkney, Daily Ferries from Thurso and Gills Bay
Walking, Bike riding or just Watching

Walking, Bike riding or just appreciating the wonderful Mountains and Glens and Lochs, for example, only a few miles inland, a fitting compliment for the dramatic coastal setting.  Or Wildlife Cruises from a few miles up the coast take in Puffins as well!

Walking, Bike riding or just Watching
Golf, Golf Golf!

Golf is available across Caithness and Sutherland from Ullapool to Thurso to Inverness but we have Royal Dornoch (RDGC) a short stroll away which is in the Top Ten in the world.  Noteably Brora Links Course, is a must for a golfing holiday just 20 minutes drive away.

Golf, Golf Golf!

Some more useful links

Castle of Mey, www.castleofmey.org.uk :: Orkney, the Island, www.visitorkney.com :: Orkney Ferry – Northlinks, www.northlinkferries.co.uk :: Pentland Ferries, www.pentlandferries.co.uk :: Boat Tours, www.jogferry.co.uk :: Timespan – Highland History, www.timespan.org.uk