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Award winning luxury accommodation & fine dining with the charm, grace and elegance of the world's finest small hotels, adjacent to the 1st tee at Royal Dornoch Golf Club

#1 Golf Hotel in the Highlands - The Scottish Hotel Awards 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018

#1 Luxury Hotel in the Highlands - The Scottish Hotel Awards 2015, 2016 & 2017

Golf Digest 18 Coolest Places to Stay - 2017

TripAdvisor 2015 #7 Luxury Hotel in United Kingdom

Beautiful Scottish Highland breaks

With its golden sandstone buildings, thirteenth century cathedral, historic Castle and idyllic location, facing south and east across the Dornoch Firth and North Sea beyond, Dornoch is one of the Highlands most charming little towns, bathed in the magical light associated with such northerly latitude.  Conferred with the status of Royal Burgh by Charles 1st in 1648, Dornoch can actually trace its roots back to the Norse invaders - supposedly, they even played their own version of golf here. In truth there is very little Scottish history that has not touched this most exceptional of Highland towns and from the Vikings through to the early days of railway tourism you will find all the details at the Dornoch Historylink Museum.

Short Scottish Breaks, Activities & Things To Do In Dornoch

Present day Dornoch is just as fascinating. Whether you are shopping for country sportswear, antiques, fine art or a unique reminder of your holiday in Scotland, or you’re just browsing and open to temptation, Dornoch’s main street is charming. 

Several famous distilleries within easy reach of Dornoch are the perfect places to indulge in that other Highland passion, Malt Whisky. Tours and tastings can be easily arranged by our staff, but choose your times carefully because a stiff dram at 10am is not for the fainthearted.

The traditional Hogmanay (New Year’s eve) festivities, tracing their origins to Gaelic and Norse celebrations of Winter solstice, attract visitors from all over the world. In Summer, as the sun stays aloft until late in the evening, local pipe bands play regular Saturday evening concerts in the town square. Large or small there is always something going on. And whether it’s a ceilidh or live music in the local pub, everyone is welcome.

Dornoch is very justifiably proud of its wonderful beaches. Easily reachable on foot from town, miles of flawless white sand stretching from Embo to Dornoch Point and washed by the clear waters of the Dornoch Firth are perfect for horse riding or long walks.  Dornoch Beach itself is officially designated as a European Bathing Beach and included in the recent Best Beaches of Britain Guide.

But, of course, nothing written about Dornoch would be complete without a mention of golf. Played here since the 12th century, seaside links golf is often credited as the basis of Dornoch’s enduring popularity as one of Scotland’s luxury holiday destinations. The town is steeped in golf history and not just because it is the birthplace of the great Donald Ross. Old Tom Morris cast a masterful spell over the links, philanthropist and one-time richest man on the planet, Andrew Carnegie, gave his name to the feted annual Carnegie Shield event, while Tom Watson came to Dornoch once upon a time to play one round of golf but left having played three declaring it to be the most fun he’d ever had on a golf course.

In addition to the world renowned Royal Dornoch Golf Club, several other Championship courses are within reach of Links House. Castle Stuart Golf Links, current home of the Scottish Open, James Braid’s Brora Golf Club, Old Tom Morris’s Tain Golf Club, or the fantastic Nairn Golf Club, are nearby so opportunities for play are plentiful and challenge enough for even the most discerning and talented golfer.

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