Dornoch Immediate Local Area by B&B

Dornoch has really become a holiday destination but whatever you do check out the local attractions before you book – then book an extra day or two with Dee and Nigel!

See www.visitdornoch.com for activities that you can arrange in advance of your stay in Dornoch or just call us for advice.  In the immediate area there are some super activities to make a your visit memorable and to encourage you to stay a few more days…

  • Shops, Cathedral and Castle:  Around the Shops and Restaurants is the Cathedral, Dornoch Castle Hotel  (former Palace of the Bishops of Caithness) and by 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. Also  open is the Carnegie Courthouse, with an Information Centre, Cafeteria, & Spa.  Cocoa Mountain, the new chocolate café has also opened recently.
  • Whisky Distilleries: In addition to our own ALL NEW Dornoch Distillery, to the South, a few minutes drive away, the distillery in Tain makes the famous Glenmorangie malt whisky and to the North, Clynelish on the outskirts of Brora (the original home of the famous Brora single malt)
  • 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]
  • Seals and Dolphins: 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
  • 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.

GOLF!

In addition to our Royal Dornoch, rated number 2 in the world, there are many great golf and links golf courses suitable for all levels of player right around us noteably Golspie 10 miles away, Brora 19 milesTain (9 miles)  – discounts are available with the Dornoch Firth Golf Pass.

North Coast 500 (NC500) and Wider North Highlands Attractions

The North Coast 500 (NC500) now  means we are finding increasing numbers of visitors and guests using us as a stopping place to investigate the wider highlands.  The gallery here shows some attractions to visit from Inverness, John O’Groats to  Durness and the magnificent beaches and rugged coastline of the West Coast and more.

North Coast 500

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

Orkney is a great day trip from Dornoch – a short ferry from Scrabster, in Thurso you can witness ancient history 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 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

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