What’s on in Dornoch: March 2019

What’s On This Month?

After an unseasonably mild February we are looking forward to more sunshine and Spring weather in March. The snow drops are in full bloom and the daffodils are nearly there- Roll on Spring!

Our five-star museum – Historylinks – opens daily 10-4 for the season from April 1 until October 31.

This month sees one of the Dornoch calender’s highlights- FibreFest 8-10 March – when we welcome all those interested in wool, fabric and craft work. The opening talk on Friday 8th is “Fair Isle Knitting then and now” by Janette Budge a native Shetlander who will talk about how the designs have changed through the decades and how her family knitting heritage fits into the picture. The main events are on Saturday & Sunday including Master Classes in beautiful brioche, Dorset buttons,  Fair Isle yokes, and Dresden Plate patchwork and Learning Techniques classes in needlefelt, tapestry crochet, beginners Fair Isle and felting, and Learn to Knit classes. There are also drop-in sessions in stitch and craft.

Don’t forget Mother’s Day  on March 31 with a gift of jewellery from Jail Dornoch, candles from Coast Candle Co, chocolates from Cocoa Mountain or her favourite tipple from the Carnegie Whisky Cellars

Take a look at our ‘What’s On’ Calendar here to discover some fantastic events taking place across the Northern Highlands in March. 


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Royal Dornoch voted 2nd in the World’s Top 100 Golf Courses

Golfscape have voted the Royal Dornoch Golf Club as 2nd in the World’s Top 100 Golf Courses, 2019.

The ranking features only the top golf courses worldwide that are unique, memorable and luxurious.

They describe the Royal Dornoch as:

” a spellbinding golf club and many golfers from all over the world make the pilgrimage to the natural links at some point in their lives. It’s wild, isolated, and at the same time, absolutely beautiful. There is also a blaze of color in early summer when the gorse is in flower. Raised or sloping greens are a characteristic of the Championship Course, as well as elevated tees so the target is well presented although rarely easy to reach.”

Golf was first played on the Dornoch links nearly 400 years ago and has been an integral part of the life and economy of the town ever since. A visit to the Golf Club, whether to play or just enjoy the food and stunning views, is a unique experience that combines high quality produce and service with a relaxed and friendly environment.

See www.visitdornoch.com for more details

Article Source Here: Royal Dornoch voted 2nd in the World’s Top 100 Golf Courses

Dornoch Fibre Fest’s 10 year Anniversary!

Fibre Fest takes place this year from the 8th to the 10th of March in the Dornoch Social Club and West Church Hall

This exciting event, held in mid-March each year, has become a favourite in the Dornoch Calendar and is an opportunity for you to immerse yourself in all things fibre. Fibre Fest, run by an enthusiastic group of local fibre artists, has now been running for 10 years and this year will be bigger and bigger than ever!

Spinning, weaving, patchwork and feltmaking; all these feature regularly either as Masterclasses or drop-in demonstrations where you can try new skills. And of course it provides a great opportunity to browse the market area where you can buy those essential additions absolutely necessary to any serious fibre worker’s stash. This year there will be tutors and traders from all over Scotland and the North of England, and classes will be taking place in knitting, crochet, needlefelting and wet felting, patchwork and Dorset Buttons. Classes are available for beginners and those with a little more experience, and in addition adults and children have the opportunity to Learn to Knit for free with experienced knitting tutor Katherine Lymer, with wool kindly donated by Rowan.

Book onto a class or pop by and get involved in the drop-in sessions which are free to everyone.

The Stash Buster is a great way to declutter your stash of crafting materials (Fabric, wool, haberdashery & equipment) at the stall in the Dornoch Social Club over the weekend.
Turn your excess into cash whilst supporting the ongoing success of Fibre Fest (10% of each sale goes to DADCA). Download a form and complete before entering your materials.

Friday 8th March 6.30pm
Gala Opening Talk at St Finnbarr’s Church. £5 entry includes super.
‘Fair Isle Knitting then and now’ by Janette Budge. The talk will be followed by a soup and cheese supper in the Dornoch Social Club

Saturday & Sunday 9th & 10th March 9.30am-4pm
All weekend there will be demonstrations to take part in exhibitions and sales tables to browse and plenty of delicious refreshments to enjoy.
Please see the website for the full programme


For Article & More News Go Here: Dornoch Fibre Fest’s 10 year Anniversary!

Your short break in Scotland- Summer 2019

It’s time to plan your short break in Scotland! There is so much happening during the summer in and around Dornoch.

Take a look below for details of some of the Highlights of the Dornoch summer calendar. See our ‘What’s on’ page for details of other events.

Dornoch Highland Gathering– Friday 2nd August

The Dornoch Highland Gathering has been held every year since 1887, bar the war years and one unfortunate rainy day. It is a day that locals look forward to all year, where everyone can have fun. Visitors are very welcome. Make your short break in Scotland one to remember this year!

Come and enjoy the competitions for piping, Highland dancing, tossing the caber, putting the ball and throwing the hammer. Watch, or take part in, the track & field events of running, cycling, long jump and high jump. See the different techniques used to  “Tilt the Bucket”!

With fairground attractions, stalls and refreshments, children’s races and mini Highland games, this is a day out for all the family. In the evening the Games Night Dance is held in the Marquee at Meadows Park (licensed bar).

Festival Week– Sunday 4th – Saturday 10th August

Dornoch Festival week takes place every year in the week after the Highland Gathering (this year Friday 2 August- www.dornochhighlandgathering.com)

This year you can expect to see all of the usual fun and games including: Sandcastle Competition, Pram Race, Pet Show, Duck Race, Fancy Dress Football, Teddy bear’s picnic, Kid’s treasure hunt, Arts and Crafts, Pipe Band, Baking competition, Family quiz night, Car treasure hunt and loads more besides! A full programme will be available nearer the time both online and in the shops and Visitor Centre.

Get in touch with marlene.mackay@btconnect.com for further information.

Grannie’s Heilan’ Hame

Grannie’s Heilan’ Hame in Embo is open daily during the summer from 9am. There is a Soft Play Area, Swimming Pool, Children’s Entertainment, Amusement Arcade, Bingo & Evening entertainment. Facilities open to all Dornoch visitors. Entry: Day ticket £15 per for a family of four. For more information: 01862 810383. The perfect place to stay during your short break in Scotland.

Dornoch Beach

Dornoch’s safe, Blue Flag beach, is ideal for families with its gentle shallows, sheltering dunes and miles of golden sands. Perfect for paddling and swimming on warm summer days, exploring rockpools and taking a gentle stroll or carrying on north to Embo.

To book accommodation, see our wide range of quality hotels, B&Bs and Self Catering: www.visitdornoch.com/stay-a-while

We hope to see you in Dornoch soon!

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What’s on in Dornoch: February 2019

What’s On This Month?

It’s the month of love! Whether you’re loved up or happily single, Dornoch has something for you. Take a look at our Valentine’s newspost for lots of ideas of how to celebrate Valentines’ day in style! Check out the Valentine’s menus at the Eagle Hotel, Dornoch Castle and Grace of Dornoch.

Apart from Valentine’s celebrations there are LOADS of other events taking place: Dinosaur exhibition, craft workshops, live music, Chinese New Year celebrations, Cinema, Bushcraft and outdoor fun with Go Wild Highlands, historical talks and our first car boot sale of the year!

Take a look at our ‘What’s On’ Calendar here to discover some fantastic events taking place across the Northern Highlands during the month.

And looking ahead to March, why not plan your Highland weekend around FibreFest 8th -10th for all those interested in wool, fabric and craft work.


Read Full Article Here: What’s on in Dornoch: February 2019

Valentine’s Day in Dornoch

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, we have pulled together some local events for you to get involved in, as well as some fantastic Valentine’s menus and suggested places to find that special present that truly says “I Love You”.


Head to Dornoch to look for the ideal Valentine’s gift and browse our wonderful range of independent shops to find that special present.

Coast Candles 
Try Coast Candle’s newest fragrance, Love.  “Love is like the ocean – vast, deep and with many moods. Love is a friendship that catches fire. Love is the eternal flame for the lost. Love is the greatest memory of all: the fragrance of Rose with Violet, enchanted by Tobacco Leaf with hints of Vanilla and Toffee, and in the background Oak Wood Smoke – a true marriage of heartwarming joy and love for the senses to enjoy”. Their shop on Church Street is full of hand poured candles made in Dornoch using only the finest quality ingredients.

Dornoch Stores
Dornoch Stores have the perfect range of delicious food, either for a present or to cook your loved one a special Valentine’s meal. The store offers a full range of food and drink including fine wines, spirits & mixers, fruit, vegetables, meat, game, fish, cheese and dairy products with the focus on local, Highland and Scottish produce.

Cocoa Mountain
Choose your own chocolate selection for your Valentine from the wonderful range by the master chocolatier.  What better way to show you care. Cocoa Moutain re-opens on February 7th after winter renovations.

Carnegie Whisky Cellars
You can buy a wide range of whisky, gin and other spirits at the Carnegie Whisky Cellars. You can also buy vouchers or a ticket for a gin or whisky tasting. So go for a browse and find that perfect gift in this really special shop in the centre of Dornoch.

Aspen Spa at Carnegie Courthouse
Aspen spa is a haven of relaxation, the perfect place to unwind and recharge. A voucher for a massage, beauty treatment or their range of products would be a very special gift.


Enjoy one of the wonderful Valentine’s menus being served in Dornoch this year.

Dornoch Castle Hotel
Looking for something special this Valentine’s Day? The Dornoch Castle’s romantic 4 course Valentine’s menu will be on offer on the 14th, 15th and 16th of February and features an amazing 14 ounce sharing steak and strawberry sharing dessert! All guests will also receive a glass of sparkling wine on arrival. Menu priced at £50 per person. To book or for more information please call 01862 810216 or email enquiries@dornochcastlehotel.com

Grace of Dornoch Cafe and Deli
Grace of Dornoch serve beautifully prepared and locally sourced, home cooked food. Their Valentine’s evening menu will be served from Thursday 14th – Saturday 16th February so don’t miss the chance to sample some of their culinary delights! Bring your own bottle of wine – only £2 corkage is charged.


Spend some quality time with the people you love this Valentine’s Day- (treat the children or your friends too!)

Valentines’s Ceilidh Tea Dance
A fun afternoon of dancing, great company and a lovely assortment of cakes. All welcome at Rosehall Village Hall on Thursday, February 14th, 2pm until 4pm

Mike Vass plays Edderton Hall
Mike Vass, previously a nominee in the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) award and winner in the Scots Trad music awards composer of the year category, is a
creative force of nature on the Scottish music scene. Tickets from: £9.21.

Tain Gala Valentine’s disco
All primary school age children are invited to our Valentine’s Day Disco. On this night we will be choosing the Gala Princess, and for the first time we are excited to announce a Gala Prince will also be selected! £3 administration. 15th February, 7pm-8.30pm.

Lairg Valentine’s Dance
Get dancing this Valentine’s weekend at the Laird Valentine’s dance to Blue Ridge. Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 10pm, Lairg community centre. Entry £10. Over 16 years only.

Embo Trust Table top Sale, coffee morning and Raffle
Take the whole family along to the Old School in Embo for a table top sale and coffee morning.  All Welcome. Saturday, February 16th from 10am-1pm.

Romantic, wintery walk on Dornoch Beach
Don’t forget to spend some special time outside exploring the stunning, award winning Dornoch Beach! Wrap up warm to splash through the shallows and play games on the miles and miles of golden sands.

We hope you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

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