A proposal like no other at Links House

Links House at Royal Dornoch is delighted to be featured in a proposal guide to the North Coast 500.
Created by award-winning jewellers and engagement ring specialists ROX – Diamonds & Thrills, the interactive guide offers inspiration to help couples find the perfect setting to pop the all-important question along the iconic North Coast 500 route.
We are delighted to be included in the new guide, expected to be snapped up by couples hitting the open road this summer in search of a truly breathtaking adventure. As an award-winning hotel, we are honoured to extend a warm Highland welcome to guests from far and wide.
We offer one of the most exceptional fine dining experiences in the Highlands, so a visit to our restaurant is an absolute must for those planning a proposal over a delectable meal. Head Chef Javi Dominguez was recently crowned Creative Chef of the Year at the Scottish Food Awards, where he was celebrated for his ability to create unforgettable dishes using the finest local produce.
For those keen to explore the surrounding areas, there is plenty to see and do. Of course for couples with a passion for golf, our hotel makes the perfect proposal spot as it overlooks the first tee of Royal Dornoch Golf Club. However, for those interested in making the most of the fresh Highland air, the hotel is surrounded by pristine coastline, forests, rivers, lochs and mountains all waiting to be explored.
No two love stories are the same and that’s something we understand here at Links House. With that in mind, our dedicated team is on hand to help couples plan a proposal as unique as their love story, ensuring it’s a moment they’ll never forget.
To find out more about the Most Romantic Proposal Hotspots on the North Coast 500 by ROX, visit

Links House Head Chef named Creative Chef of the Year at Scottish Food Awards 2018

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We are delighted to announce that our Head Chef Javi Dominguez Santos was crowned the ‘Creative Chef of the Year’ at the recent Scottish Food Awards held in the beautiful King’s Hall in Edinburgh.
Many of Scotland’s food stars were been recognised at the Scottish Food Awards 2018 which celebrate and reward the very best in Scottish food and the specialist Chef’s working in Scotland’s finest hotels and restaurants.
The Scottish Food Awards are designed to reward Scotland’s Chef’s, Restaurants and service professionals. They also shine the spotlight on the local town’s which provide an exceptional culinary experience. The King’s Hall, Edinburgh played host to the black tie celebration, which welcomed guests from across Scotland.
Links House Head Chef Javi Dominguez Santos was thrilled to collect the award for Creative Chef of the Year. Well known for his unusual presentation and exciting flavour combinations, he was delighted to be recognised at this National event.
Nick Gorton, General Manager said “We are simply delighted for Javi, this is recognition for the hard work not only in the kitchen but in the planning of menus and sourcing of the very best ingredients. The new Menu in The Orangery Restaurant is a perfect example of Javi’s creativity and flair for food and flavours.”
Congratulations to all of the winners on the evening and we look forward to welcoming you to the restaurant to sample Javi’s creative menu.

Links House welcomes Nick Gorton

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We are tremendously excited to announce Nicholas Gorton as our new General Manager. Nick has served since 1988 as the general manager of the award winning Inver Lodge Hotel, Lochinver.

At Inver Lodge, Nick developed the overall strategy, resulting in many industry accolades over the years including, since 2009, managing the “Chez Roux” restaurant in conjunction with renowned restauranteur Albert Roux. Nick is well known to our team having served for many years as a judge for the Scottish Hotel Awards as well as the Young Highland Chef Awards. Javi Santos, our Head Chef, worked with Albert Roux and Nick for over 3 years.
We are all very excited to have Nick joining the team at Links House and he is looking forward to meeting our new and returning guests.

Links House introduces Alastair Kennedy

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We are delighted to welcome Alastair Kennedy to Links House. Alastair is our Highland Experiences Manager and can assist guests to plan their NC500 Trips or take them fishing onto some of the most prestigious rivers in the Highlands including The Oykel. Also newly available at Links House are bespoke Cycling and Hiking tours, with Alastair as your guide you can experience even more of the beautiful Highlands. Call us on 01862 810279 to discuss your requirements with Alastair

Links House re-opens for 2018 Season

On Easter Sunday, Links House re-opened for the 2018 season. Showcasing a newly extended restaurant to accommodate more resident and non-resident diners. Opening night saw a full house keen to sample New Head Chef Javi Santos’ menu. Offering both an A la Carte and a 10 course Tasting Menu, Javi impressed everyone with the intricate details and range of freshly prepared dishes. The image shows the Tournedos of Mi-Cuit Skrei Cod with Baby Squid Bolognaise and it tasted as good as it looks!
Our menu’s are available to download on our Dinner page and bookings can be made by calling us on 01862 810279

Introducing our new Head Chef and Food and Beverage Manager

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Javier Santos has joined Links House as new Head Chef. Javi has been a prodigy of the Roux stable for several years, serving most recently as Head Chef at award-winning Rockpool Reserve in Inverness since 2013. He has also worked within the Roux organization at Michelin stared, Le Gavroche and The Waterside Inn. Javi looks to expand the exceptional reputation of Links House for the finest Highland cuisine utilizing a vast network of local specialty suppliers.
Fiona Herd has also joined Links House as Food & Beverage Manager. Fiona has an extensive experience in the hospitality and events industry. Fiona, who has managed her own hospitality recruitment business, previously served as Events and Business Development Executive at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. Most recently she was Hospitality Lecturer with the North Highland College UHI based at Burghfield House, Dornoch.
Both Javi and Fiona are looking forward to welcoming you to Links House in 2018

The Northern Lights

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Here in the far north of Scotland, the beautiful Northern Lights can regularly be seen from the coastline. Due to the very low levels of light pollution, the Northern Lights are regularly on display to the naked eye here in Dornoch and along the north coast up into Sutherland. This image was captured by Alastair Dickson earlier this month. Clear sky and cold crisp nights bring the best chance of a sighting!

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This week we travelled to Edinburgh to attend The Scottish Thistle Awards at the EICC in Edinburgh. We were delighted to be finalists in ‘The Best Restaurant Experience’ category following our win at the HITA awards in Inverness. This was our first National Final, it wasn’t our night this year but we thoroughly enjoyed attending and met friends old and new at the event.
Still Game and River City star Sanjeev Kohli co-hosted the evening with STV presenter and former Miss Scotland, Jennifer Reoch. Entertainment was provided by ventriloquist and comedian Paul Zerdin, winner of America’s Got Talent 2015, and Hannah Rarity, BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2018.
Tourism Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “The Scottish Thistle Awards are the most coveted accolades in the tourism industry, celebrating quality, innovation and excellence across the industry.
“For 25 years the awards have recognised the significant value the sector contributes to the visitor economy and VisitScotland’s continued delivery underlines the organisations commitment to quality and success across the industry.”
We are incredibly proud of the Team at Links House and attending these awards as a finalist is just reward for their continued commitment and hard work throughout the season.

The Beast from the East!

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Here at Links House we have been caught in the midst of the aptly named ‘Beast from the East’ storm. With over 3ft of snow piling up around the hotel it has been quite a week for our staff and the workmen who are extending our restaurant! We have seen so much snow falling here in the Highlands, it has been relentless! Hopefully it will now thaw and the Links House grounds will once again be visible.