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View the impressive modern stained-glass windows inside this 13th-century cathedral.

Dornoch Cathedral is perhaps best known for its modern stained-glass windows, including several dedicated to Scottish-American steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie. See these beautiful windows, marvel at the cathedral’s fine 13th-century stonework and attend one of the music performances often hosted here.

Originally built in the 13th century, the cathedral suffered serious damage in a 1570 fire. View the tower, all that remains of the original cathedral. Notice the gargoyles set in the eaves of the exterior. The cathedral you see today bears little resemblance to the 13th-century original, as a result of the extensive restorations carried out by the Countess of Sutherland.

Step inside the cathedral and admire the way light streams through its stunning stained-glass windows. Walk to the north side of the chancel, where you’ll see three unusual windows donated in memory of industrialist Andrew Carnegie. Born in Dumfermline, Carnegie often spent summers at an estate in Skibo which is 4 miles (6 kilometers) west of Dornoch. Admire each of the three windows, which represent three of Carnegie’s primary interests: peace, music and literacy.

Look for the piscina, a small basin connected to the cemetery outside via a pipe. Wine remaining from Catholic masses was once poured down this piscina. Although the cathedral was originally a Roman Catholic church, it became part of the Church of Scotland after the Reformation.

Notice the sarcophagus of Sir Richard de Moravia near the cathedral’s western door. Believed to be the brother of the cathedral’s founder, Sir Richard died at the Battle of Embo against Danish invaders in the 13th century.

Head to the cathedral’s cemetery to see where medieval markets once took place. The site is marked by the Plaiden Ell, a medieval stone used for measuring cloth.

Attend a regular service at the cathedral, which often hosts music events and weddings. You may remember the cathedral as the site where Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s son, Rocco, was christened in 2000.

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Royal Golf Hotel
Royal Golf Hotel
3.5 out of 5
The First Tee, Grange Road, Dornoch, Scotland
The price is AU$210 per night from 4 Nov. to 4 Nov.
Situated in Dornoch, this golf hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Dornoch Cathedral, Dornoch Beach and Historylinks. Royal Dornoch Golf Club is 1 mi (1.6 km) ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (56 reviews)
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"My husband and I stayed for a two night break which was wonderful from start to finish. I had requested a room with a view and we were given a beautiful room overlooking the first tee. The whole hotel was spotlessly clean and the service was first class. The receptionist was especially helpful when ..."

Reviewed on 18 Jul. 2021

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Dornoch Castle Hotel
Dornoch Castle Hotel
3 out of 5
Castle Street, Dornoch, Scotland
The price is AU$294 per night from 28 Oct. to 28 Oct.
Situated near the beach, this historic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dornoch Cathedral and Dornoch Beach. Historylinks and Royal Dornoch Golf Club are ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (72 reviews)
"The stay was comfortable, staff were friendly and helpful."

Reviewed on 18 Sep. 2021

Dornoch Castle Hotel
Dornoch Hotel
Dornoch Hotel
2 out of 5
Grange Road, Dornoch, Scotland
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Royal Dornoch Golf Club, Dornoch Cathedral and Dornoch Beach. Historylinks is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) ...
3.3/5 (444 reviews)
"I liked the look of the building"

Reviewed on 13 Oct. 2021

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Royal Golf Hotel
Royal Golf Hotel
3.5 out of 5
The First Tee, Grange Road, Dornoch, Scotland
The price is AU$210 per night from 4 Nov. to 4 Nov.
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Dornoch Castle Hotel
Dornoch Castle Hotel
3 out of 5
Castle Street, Dornoch, Scotland
The price is AU$294 per night from 28 Oct. to 28 Oct.
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Dornoch Hotel
2 out of 5
Grange Road, Dornoch, Scotland
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Links House at Royal Dornoch
Links House at Royal Dornoch
5 out of 5
Golf Road, Dornoch, Scotland
The price is AU$530 per night from 3 Nov. to 3 Nov.
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3.5 out of 5
Kerrisdale Church Street, Dornoch, Scotland
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Bird's Eye View
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8 Argyle Place, Dornoch, Scotland
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Dun Brae Cottage
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1 Argyll Street, Dornoch, Scotland
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