Dornoch

Travel Guide
Dornoch Cathedral showing a cemetery, heritage elements and heritage architecture

Best known for its championship golf course, this charming market town also has lovely beaches and fascinating historic attractions.

Nicknamed the St. Andrews of the North for its superb golf course, Dornoch is a quaint town with gorgeous weather and beautiful natural scenery. Tee off at the town’s highly rated golf course and check out the stained-glass windows in its cathedral. Walk on one of the nearby sandy beaches and learn about the town’s history at its informative museum.

Play a round at Dornoch’s famous Royal Dornoch Golf Club on the shores of Dornoch Firth. Book a tee time in advance at one of the world’s best championship golf courses.

Find the Witch’s Stone, not far from the golf course. Dating back to the 18th century, this stone marks the place where Janet Horne, the last woman to be executed for witchcraft in Scotland, was burned in 1727.

Check out the iconic 13th-century Dornoch Cathedral. Admire the cathedral’s original stonework, as well as the gargoyles decorating its eaves. Inside, see several modern stained-glass windows donated in memory of Scottish-American industrialist Andrew Carnegie.

Walk into the cathedral’s cemetery to see the Plaiden Ell, marking where the town’s historic market was once held. A medieval method for measuring cloth, the Ell is a carved stone similar to a tombstone.

Dornoch has an especially sunny climate as a result of its sheltered location. Take advantage of the pleasant weather by enjoying a walk around the town’s woodlands, hills or nearby beaches.

Follow the trail leading from the town center to Dornoch Point. This 4-mile (6-kilometer) trail traverses several scenic sand dunes, offering picturesque viewpoints across the firth. Look for seals, seabirds and other wildlife.

Take the kids to the HistoryLinks Museum, dedicated to the town’s past. Learn about the construction of the cathedral, the development of the golf course and the town’s ancient clan wars.

Dornoch is located on the north shore of Dornoch Firth, 9 miles (15 kilometers) north of Tain. Reach the area by bus from Inverness. Discover the many enchanting attractions of this historic east coast town.

Royal Golf Hotel
Royal Golf Hotel
3.5 out of 5
The First Tee, Grange Road, Dornoch, Scotland
The price is AU$233 per night from 17 Feb. to 18 Feb.
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) ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (65 reviews)
Great place to stay
"One of the best hotels I have stayed at in the Highlands. Good value. Love the view out of the room onto the golf course and sea. Food was good quality. Spoilt for choice at breakfast."

Reviewed on 24 Oct. 2021

Royal Golf Hotel
Dornoch Castle Hotel
Dornoch Castle Hotel
3 out of 5
Castle Street, Dornoch, Scotland
The price is AU$302 per night from 26 Jan. to 27 Jan.
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 Excellent! (74 reviews)
Lovely hotel
"The hotel was easy to find on the main street in Dornoch. The building itself looked beautiful at night as we arrived after dark. Our room was cozy and comfortable and we got a good night’s sleep. We enjoyed breakfast in the morning before checking out."

Reviewed on 16 Oct. 2021

Dornoch Castle Hotel
Links House at Royal Dornoch
Links House at Royal Dornoch
5 out of 5
Golf Road, Dornoch, Scotland
Situated near the beach, this luxury guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Royal Dornoch Golf Club and Dornoch Beach. Dornoch Cathedral and Historylinks are ...
5/5 Exceptional! (7 reviews)
"Lovely place to stay"

Reviewed on 29 Aug. 2021

Links House at Royal Dornoch
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Evelix Pods
Evelix Pods
3 out of 5
Evelix, \N, Dornoch, Scotland
Situated in Dornoch, this cabin is within 3 miles (5 km) of Dornoch Cathedral, Royal Dornoch Golf Club and Dornoch Beach. Historylinks and Skibo Castle are also ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (21 reviews)
"Fantastic place close to all other route on the A9"

Reviewed on 28 Aug. 2021

Evelix Pods
Kerrisdale
Kerrisdale
3.5 out of 5
Kerrisdale Church Street, Dornoch, Scotland
Situated near the beach, this cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Dornoch Cathedral, Dornoch Beach and Royal Dornoch Golf Club. Historylinks is 0.8 mi (1.4 ...
Kerrisdale
Immaculate Highland Holiday Home with Private Garden and Sunrise Views
Immaculate Highland Holiday Home with Private Garden and Sunrise Views
Poles Rd, No 66 Pitgrudy Holiday Park, Dornoch, SCT
Situated in the mountains, this chalet is within 3 miles (5 km) of Dornoch Cathedral, Royal Dornoch Golf Club and Dornoch Beach. Historylinks is 2.1 mi (3.4 ...
Immaculate Highland Holiday Home with Private Garden and Sunrise Views
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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