Immediate Local Area and North Coast

The local hills are roamed by Deer and Birds of Prey including Buzzards and Osprey which overfly the surrounding area and we have the most beautiful beach on the Dornoch Firth, just an inlet from the Moray Firth.  We are also an ideal stopping off point for the North Coast 500 route and are therefore our guests able to take advantage of many other North Highland attractions.

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 - we tour this ourselves (our car)

Dornoch has always been a fabulous location to spend a few days exploring the sights and scenes 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 - we tour this ourselves (our car)
North Coast: Castles, Towns and History

Viisit the North Coast to see the Castle of Mey is one of many local visitor sites on the North Coast where you will also find Thurso, Wick,and Durness.   The most northernly mainland malt whisky is distilled in Pulteney Distillery in Wick.  The Brochs and other pre-historic construtions means the area is steeped in Celtic and Norse History.

North Coast: Castles, Towns and History
West Coast; History and rugged coast with beautiful beaches

On the West coast Ullapool and other villages on the main tourist route, are day
trip destinations, each with their own history and sites of interest.

West Coast; History and rugged coast with beautiful beaches
Orkney makes a great day trip

Orkney is a short ferry trip by Northlink from Scrabster, but also served by Jogferry from John O’Groats and Pentland Ferries from Gills Bay.  All these departure points are within two hours drive North. Setting out from Highcroft Hilton B&B, this makes a fabulous day trip back through several millennia of ancient history from the Standing Stones of Stenness to the unique Skara Brae and beyond!

Orkney makes a great day trip
Walking, Bike riding or just Watching

Walking, cycling or just appreciating the wonderful mountains, glens and lochs, only a few miles inland, provide a fitting compliment for the dramatic coastal setting. Wildlife cruises are available from various ports, up and down the coast.

Walking, Bike riding or just Watching
Tourism, Supported Enthusiastically

Tourism is supported enthusiastically by local businesses, eateries, pubs, shops and hotels across the Highlands of Scotland and from the famous John O’Groats you can go in any direction.

Tourism, Supported Enthusiastically

Some more useful links

Local Visitor Website www.visitdornoch.com;   Scottish Restaurant sutherland-house.net;   Local Restaurant www.luigidornoch.com;   Royal Dornoch Golf Club www.royaldornoch.com

 

George MacIver provided several wildlife images on this site – he also maintains a website about Brochs. Brochs are some of the oldest prehistoric structures, some of which can be seen in the surrounding area. Brochs are found mainly in the old Norse settlements in Caithness.