Dornoch Castle Hotel


Dornoch, Sutherland, Highlands, IV25 3SD (view map)


Dating back to the 1400’s, Dornoch Castle is an inspiring venue. With 21 en-suite bedrooms, some with four poster beds, the castle is ideal for romantic breaks. The restaurant features award winning chefs, as well as a significant malt whisky selection!


This dramatic Castle offers a cosy and personable stay and is renowned for the best in Scottish hospitality.

Dornoch Castle was built in the 15th century and stands opposite 12th century Dornoch Cathedral. It was built on the site of the original Bishop’s Palace ;of St Gilbert, who founded the Cathedral.

The castle has had a turbulent history. Gifted to John Gordon, Earl of Sutherland in 1557 by Bishop Robert Stewart, in 1570 it was involved in a bloody siege during bitter clan warfare between the Murrays and Mackays.

By the 18th century the castle was in a sorry state of repair but was restored in 1814 and used as a school, a gaol and later a courthouse. After further alterations in the late 19th century, the castle became a hunting lodge and finally in 1947, a hotel.

Dornoch Castle

Dornoch Castle has a total of 21 en-suite bedrooms, situated both within the oldest part of the castle and the modern extension. There is a breakdown of room types, including standard, deluxe, superior four poster and our award-winning Old Courtroom, which boasts a hand carved four poster bed, open log fire, half panelling, stone walls and a spa bath, open to the 16 foot ceiling.

Join us for a dining experience with a difference and sample the culinary delights created by our team of award winning chefs. Dornoch Castle use only local produce which is complimented with individual wines sources from small, private vineyards all over the world. Our Malt Whisky selection is second to none and can be enjoyed in our cosy stone-lined whisky bar with roaring fire, or in the summer enjoy a pre-dinner drink in the walled-garden.

Only an hour from Inverness, Dornoch Castle guests can enjoy a panoramic trip north through the Scottish Highlands before settling in to their exclusive overnight stay. The 15th Century Dornoch Castle is the idyllic choice for a short break with quality golf, shopping, walks in the area, health & beauty and heritage trails, all on the castle’s doorstep!


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