Dornoch Castle Hotel
“There is much here for guest to find commendable. The on-site distillery and the superb whisky bar are clear draws, but there's also charming, family-run hospitality from the team.” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
Dornoch Castle Hotel is an imposing 16th-century building, which in its current guise, as a charming, family-run hotel, has a great deal to commend. Bedrooms are either in the castle or in a newer wing though all are comfortable and well equipped. Diners are well catered for in chef, Grant MacNicol's eponymous restaurant while single-malt lovers cannot fail to be wowed by the award-winning Whisky Bar which stocks over 400 bottles. The Thompson family also have a micro distillery on-site, producing both whisky and their award-winning gin.
Facilities – at a glance
- En-suite rooms annex: 10
- En-suite rooms: 22
- Family rooms: 3
- Bedrooms Ground: 4
- Free TV
- Broadband available
- WiFi available
- Children welcome
- Laundry facilities
- Ironing facilities
- Cots provided
- High chairs
- Children's portions or menu
- New Year entertainment programme
- Outdoor parking spaces: 8
- Accessible bedrooms: 2
- Walk-in showers
- Single room, minimum price: £70
- Double room, minimum price: £115
- Holds a civil ceremony licence
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About the area
Apart from the Orkneys and the Shetlands, Highland is Scotland’s northernmost county. Probably its most famous feature is the mysterious and evocative Loch Ness, allegedly home to an ancient monster that has embedded itself in the world’s modern mythology, and the region’s tourist industry. Monster or no, Loch Ness is beautiful and it contains more water than all the lakes and reservoirs in England and Wales put together. The loch is 24 miles long, one mile wide and 750 feet deep, making it one of the largest bodies of fresh water in Europe.
At the very tip of the Highlands is John o’ Groats, said to be named after a Dutchman, Jan de Groot, who lived here in the early 16th century and operated a ferry service across the stormy Pentland Firth to Orkney. In fact, the real northernmost point of the British mainland is Dunnet Head, whose great cliffs rise imposingly above the Pentland Firth some two miles further north than John o’ Groats.
The Isle of Skye is the largest and best known of the Inner Hebrides. Its name is Norse, meaning ‘isle of clouds’, and the southwestern part of the island has some of the heaviest rainfall on the whole of the British coast. Despite this, it’s the most visited of all the islands of the Inner Hebrides. It’s dominated from every view by the high peaks of the Cuillins, which were only conquered towards the end of the 19th century.
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