The spring weather has made a rather early appearance in Dornoch this year. With the spring Daffodils thinking about appearing in the Links House Garden we are enjoying an unseasonably bright and fresh start to the year. We are hopeful this beautiful weather will continue when we re-open at the beginning of April and you can enjoy long walks along the beach and coffee on the Links House terrace.
Links House sponsored Jimmy Gunn played magnificent golf last week in the Web.com Tour’s Bahamas Great Abaco Classic. Finishing in second place, this was a great start to the year for Jimmy which sees him attempt to build on his recent successes including qualification into the US Open in 2015. We are all so proud of Jimmy and wish him a great upcoming season and hopefully advancement to the PGA Tour!
Golf Digest and Golf World covered Jimmy’s performance in the Bahamas and it can be found here
Our old kitchen is no more! The extension of our kitchen is well under way now, the old one has been pulled out and the exterior wall comes down this week. Whilst the hotel is closed now until April 1st we are still her working behind the scenes and getting used to working in a building site and keeping warm. It will all be worth it when we unveil our new larger kitchen for the start of the 2017 season.
The Christmas season is well underway at Links House with our Festive Afternoon Teas a big hit this year. Festive delights include Smoked Turkey & Cranberry Croissants, Baked Pistachio & Cranberry Sausage Rolls, Marshamallow & Dark Chocolate Brownies, Gingerbread Stockings, accompanied by our Chef’s Mulled Wine, Champagne or Artisan Leaf Tea. Still time to join in the fun
Links House Head Chef JP Saint was named Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards Rising Star for 2016. After an initial nomination back in the summer, JP was invited to Inverness to be interviewed by a panel of judges. The Judges were impressed with JP’s confidence at such a young age as well as his talent for creating dishes which not only please the tastebuds but also the eye! Following the panel interview JP was asked to make a short film answering who inspired him to seek a career in the kitchen as well as to describe his hopes and dreams for the future at Links House. Finally, on Friday 4th November JP and the Links House team traveled to Inverness for the HITA 2016 Awards dinner. In a room full of industry experts, JP’s film was shown to all and received rapturous applause. He was presented with the Rising Star award and an opportunity to attend Lausanne Hotel School for a short internship. You can watch JP’s nomination video on this link…..
JP Saint at Links House Dornoch
We were delighted to host the judging panel of renown top chefs for the annual Young Highland Chef of the Year competition held in Dornoch on October 10th, a joint initiative between the North Highland College Catering School and Chez Roux Ltd. The chefs were joined by Monsieur Albert Roux for breakfast at Links House on competition day before heading up to the college. We have been proud to support this local initiative for young budding Highland chefs from its beginning 6 years ago. Huge congratulations to the winner James Huyton and runners up Keir Murray and Abraham Michelides.
Imagine a couple days of Salmon fishing and tremendously great golf! Links House have 3 weeks of fishing available to its guests on The River Oykel. The Oykel is considered to be amongst the best Salmon fishing in all of Scotland and is often booked up years in advance. Links House has purchased one week in Spring, Summer and Autumn and is making it available to our guests. Specifically, in 2017 we have 4 rods per day for the weeks of:
Spring Week – May 1st-6th, 2017, Summer Week -July 3rd-8th, 2017, Autumn Week – September 11th-16th, 2017
Be quick to book,we don’t think these dates will be available for long!
We are very happy to have just received a very strong report from the Visit Scotland assessor and have successfully retained our 5 Star Gold hotel grading as well as the Taste our Best Recommendation which reflects our commitment to sourcing fresh, seasonal and local ingredients and supporting the wide variety of the Scottish larder. This has been our ethos from the very start and our chef is equally passionate about using Scottish produce.
Links House can organise a tour for guests to visit the film locations from the Outlander series. From Cawdor Castle to Beauly and Culloden Battlefield, our guide can take you to the most famous film locations and squeeze in a few extra activities along the route depending on your preferences. Call our Concierge team to book one of these popular tours!
Final preparations are underway for our Whisky Festival weekend. The highlight this year is the Links House Gala Dinner. Join us for our 4 course tasting menu carefully created by our Head Chef Jon-Paul Saint and complimented by four of Balblair’s finest Single Malt, including an exclusive bottling.The evening will be hosted by world renowned whisky expert and writer Charles MacLean. The evening begins with complementary canapes and a wee dram, to enjoy beside a roaring fire in the lounge, dinner is served in our Orangery Restaurant at 8pm. You will taste the very best of the Highland’s seasonal fayre and our exceptional team will ensure that you have a memorable experience in wonderful surroundings. We can’t wait !