Royal Golf Hotel
Dornoch, once raided by Vikings, takes its name from the Gaelic for ‘pebbly place’ but today has miles of glorious Blue Flag sands, a wild and rugged coastline with scenic woodland walks.
Dornoch’s 13th century Cathedral was built by Gilbert of Moravia, who became Bishop of Caithness in 1822 – and Madonna married Guy Ritchie there in 2000.
The former Town Jail, in the charming square, is now an upmarket shopping destination. There is a variety of retail options and the town which has been a Royal Burgh since 1628 has much to offer all year round. The range of quality dining has been acclaimed.
Golf was played here in the 16th century but Royal Dornoch Golf Club opened in 1877 and is rated one of the world’s leading courses. Indeed, ‘Golf Spy’ rated it at Number One in January, 2020, quite an accolade.
Visit the Witch’s Stone, marking where the last witch in Scotland was burnt in 1727, or check out the Historylinks museum. Ospreys, red deer, dolphins, otters and seals can be spotted.
Dornoch is a popular stop on the North Coast 500 and five miles from Dunrobin Castle. But it is also a stylish, attractive place for a really satisfying break.