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Castle Street, Dornoch IV25 3SD Scotland
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The Castle is located in the historic town of Dornoch across from the stunning 13th century Cathedral, boasting stunning views of the town. The central position of the hotel makes it ideal for exploring Dornoch, home to the world famous Royal Dornoch Golf Course, which overlooks the breath taking golden sand beach. Dornoch is also well situated for those looking to explore more of what the Highlands have to offer. The historic Castle is built on the site of the original Bishop’s Palace of St Gilbert, who founded the Cathedral in the early 13th century. The building eventually sold on and in 1947 became a hotel after some extensive work, which maintain much of the character of the Castle as a stately, historic and comfortable home. The Castle boasts a total of 22 en-suite bedrooms situated both within the original castle and the modern garden extension. There is a variety of room types available including; standard, superior, deluxe and our award winning Old Courtroom. Due to the castle’s layout each bedroom has its own special ambiance, great care has been taking in creating a distinctive character in each bedroom. The Castle's restaurant has retained an AA rosette standard, through the exceptional work from the chefs. The malt whisky selection is second to none and can be enjoyed in the cosy stone-lined whisky bar with the roaring fire to protect you from the Scottish winds, in the summer the walled garden is the perfect setting to relax during the long summer nights. Coming Summer 2016: The Dornoch Distillery will be opening soon on the grounds of the Dornoch Castle Hotel producing 'Old Style' Whisky and Hand Crafted Organic Gin from scratch.
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Loz Mac wrote a review Jan 2023
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The host was kind enough to let us into our room early when I wasn’t feeling well. Unfortunately, the shower alternated between freezing (when the boiler was off) and luke warm (when the boiler was on). They assured us it would warm up by 7.30 but it didn’t meaning we had to have a cold shower - they didn’t give us the opportunity to provide feedback or ask us if it had been resolved when we checked out. My mum’s steak was also very over cooked (ordered blue and it was served medium-well) with no vegetables. Would not recommend for anyone with a disability or an elderly person due to stairs and inaccessibility.
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Jim Q wrote a review Dec 2022
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Arrived at Dornoch Castle Hotel on the coldest day so far to the warmth And welcome of the open fire in bar area. The service throughout our one night stay was exceptional. Lovely food with excellent hosts, thank you, we will definitely return.
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Vicki R wrote a review Oct 2022
San Juan Capistrano, California76 contributions19 helpful votes
I heard so much about the Dornoch Castle hotel so maybe my expectations were too high, the room we stayed in definitely needed some work. The bed/mattress seemed quite old and was not comfortable and the linens/towels were also worn. The food was delicious but the whisky bar was a bit of a disappointment, it was a slow time of year so maybe we caught the bartender on an off night! The town was lovely with some wonderful shops, it is also walking distance to the beach and golf course!
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Gary F wrote a review Oct 2022
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As a 57 year old Scotsman, unconvinced despite a continuous professional exposure to whisky, I’d resigned to a belief that my palette was either deficient or my friends were deluded in waxing about the delights. That changed when Ben presented us with his choices of fine malts to accompany our 5 course tasting menu. If you’d said it was even possible to pair whisky with food I’d have accused you of Truss like delusions. For example who could have imagined turnip and pickle veloute, gin cured salmon and a myriad of other complex flavours such as pistachio could be matched with whisky. Ben was the perfect host with knowledge supporting a lite-hearted delivery to match the audience. This really was a life changing experience. I’m off to bore my friends now on the merits of whisky replacing wines!!
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Christina H wrote a review Oct 2022
Bristol, United Kingdom6 contributions1 helpful vote
Pleasant stay at this converted castle hotel, lovely hospitality from member of staffs, good size rooms and decent breakfast variety. Lovely fire place on the first floor ideal for cold winter day's, and reasonably priced
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Date of stay: January 2022
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philp995 wrote a review Sep 2022
Hereford, United Kingdom130 contributions122 helpful votes
Exactly as expected in an old castle building. Stay elsewhere if you don’t appreciate the history and experience. The bar was well stocked and considerably depleted when we left ( excellent bar sales ) The evening meal was amazing, my wife had langoustines, great fun and well prepared Breakfast was lovely, difficult to improve on a traditional Scottish breakfast. Ours was super. Recommended.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Mike6258 wrote a review Sep 2022
London, United Kingdom125 contributions91 helpful votes
Ok so the room was a bit on the small side but otherwise this hotel was very good - efficient and friendly staff, easy parking outside. Room decor was bright and view ok over garden. We ate in the hotel restaurant and both agreed it was a particularly good meal. Had concerns over lack of many options on the menu but what we chose was cooked perfectly and portions were ideal, leaving room for sticky toffee pudding. Breakfast, too, was very good. Dornoch itself is worth a wander, with the beach 10 mins’ walk away - miles of sand. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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kinrosssam wrote a review Sep 2022
Boise, Idaho82 contributions51 helpful votes
Amazing service lovely clean rooms comfortable beds and great food ! When we had an issue with the shower they offered us another room ! They helped with our heavy bag! My husband had the partridge which was excellent and the scallops were wonderful ! Breakfast was tasty but too much
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Dornoch Castle, General Manager at Dornoch Castle Hotel
Responded 7 Sep 2022
Dear Guest Thank you very much for your kind review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again in the future. Kind Regards, Matt
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tina k wrote a review Sep 2022
100 contributions85 helpful votes
Lovely clean quirky hotel. Staff are all lovely very helpful very keen to make your stay as special as possible. Food is excellent amazing Scottish menu, food cooked fresh to order. Hotel central walking distance to explore Dornoch
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from Dornoch Castle, General Manager at Dornoch Castle Hotel
Responded 7 Sep 2022
Dear Tina Thank you very much for your kind review and comments. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again in the future. Kind Regards, Matt
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MustSeeThis wrote a review Aug 2022
Philadelphia, PA65 contributions101 helpful votes
Burned by the Murrays and the McKays, haunted by the McCornish, and now occupied by hundreds of bottles of scotch whisky! Such a juicy history, and a fun place to stay. We stayed in Cathedral View room and we could almost see the Plaiden Ell from our room! (I was pretty enthused about this!) The staff here was great - friendly and helpful - from check-in to dinner to the bartenders. Check-in, like in so many hotels in Scotland, is in the bar - which is great because there is always someone there to answer questions as well as pour a quick dram. The restaurant served lovely dinners (We were big fans of the Haggis bon bons! ) and a tasty breakfast. Anyway, the location is great, parking is abundant and free, the bar is cozy and .. atmospheric. As other reviewers have emphasized, the castle is old, a bit dark, lots of steps, creaking floors.. but if you are there to appreciate a 700 year old building, try some different whiskys, walk to the beach or the golf course, gawk at the cathedral and the witcheś stone.. youŕe going to love it! Thanks again to the staff (Laura especially) for a fun stay.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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$127 - $198 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United KingdomScotlandScottish HighlandsCaithness and SutherlandDornoch
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Dornoch Castle Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Dornoch Castle Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Dornoch Cathedral (0.10 km), Historylinks Museum (0.07 km), and The Carnegie Whisky Cellars (0.03 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Dornoch Castle Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Dornoch Castle Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Dornoch Castle Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Dornoch Castle Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Milk & Honey, Luigi's Restaurant, and SandStone Cafe.
Is Dornoch Castle Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 km away from the centre of Dornoch.
Are there any historical sites close to Dornoch Castle Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Janet Horne Memorial Stone (0.4 km).