The locality and what it offers

The Royal Burgh of Dornoch is a small town which grew up around its wonderful Cathedral. It offers much to visitors and residents alike with its small independent shops, quality eating establishments and beautiful sandy beach. It is also home to the famous Royal Dornoch Golf Club.

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  • History
    Dornoch and the surrounding area are steeped in history. The award winning History Links is a valuable resource to gain an insight into past times. During the summer months this centre offers daily guided historical walks. The town boasts a range of historic buildings and areas, which include the Cathedral, the old Town Jail (now a high quality shopping experience) and the impressive Town Square. It is most noticeable that the old buildings of Dornoch are constructed using the local red sandstone. Throughout the locality a wide array of ancient remains are to be found. These include hut circles, brochs, standing stones, castles and vitrified forts. Like most places Dornoch does have some darker history, such as being the place in which the last witch in Scotland was burned. A stone in Little Town, Lower Dornoch marks the spot of this. Don’t fear Dornoch only now gives all a warm welcome.
  • Sights and shopping
    Dornoch does offer an impressive retail experience through its range of small independent shops, augmented by the presence of The Coop Supermarket and Spar Shop. Quality dining, snacks and beverages are provided by the cafes, restaurants, hotels, bars, bakery and takeaway establishments to be found in the town. On Saturdays there is often live music in at least one of the pubs and the Dornoch Pipe Band plays in the Square. There are a number of festivals held in Dornoch throughout the year. Details of these can be found on The Visit Dornoch website.
    Dornoch Cathedral is open to the public daily and does welcome visitors to its services and to all other events, such as music recitals, which it hosts. The Dornoch Free Church and St Finnbars, Scottish Episcopal Church, also welcome visitors to their services and events.
  • Golf
    Royal Dornoch Golf Club is well known to golfers. The world famous Championship Course, stretches along the links course towards Embo. In addition to this famous course Royal Dornoch Golf Club also provide another exceptional 18 hole course, the Struie, which provides opportunities to play links golf at a more competitive rate. Other good nearby courses can be found at Golspie, Brora and Tain.
  • Nature walks
    There are many beautiful walks in and around Dornoch both coastal and woodland. These include Camore woods a mile south of Dornoch along the low road, Skelbo Woods, just off the A9 is a sheltered walk safe for families and just half a mile from the cottage further along the road to Embo is the locally known Tinkers Drive or Ceum path which leads to the Trentham Hotel. From the cottage it will take 10 minutes to walk to the old railway track from where you have a choice of the beach path or turning right towards Dornoch or left to Embo. See the leaflets in the cottage for more details or check out the Dornoch app.
    The wonderful Nature reserve of Loch Fleet is the home to hundreds of grey and harbour seals which bask on the sand banks of this beautiful estuary. It is also a wonderful area to spend time bird watching. Ospreys, red kites, geese, ducks, herons and an array of other birds are regularly and easily viewed in this area. It is located only two miles from the cottage and there is easy parking and vantage points with no requirement to walk anywhere. There are also nice walks along the beach here and on the adjacent Coul links. On the opposite side of Loch Fleet at Little Ferry, which is accessed from Golspie, there are pleasurable walks at Balblair woods which include a bird hide where you can sit in the shelter and watch the bird activity of the Fleet.
Click on the picture above to see a selection of views in the area of Morven Cottage