Dornoch is Good To Go and looking forward to welcoming you back!

It has been a strange few months for everyone and it is a relief to see tourists back in our beautiful town. If you are planning your trip, take a look for the ‘We’re good to go’ logo to see which businesses are ready to welcome visitors.

Please remember to respect local communities when you visit and stick to covid guidelines at all times. Investigate where amenities are ahead of time and tread lightly, leaving wild areas as you find them and taking all rubbish away with you.

“The ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard and supporting mark mean businesses across all sectors of the tourism industry in Scotland can demonstrate that they’re adhering to the respective government and public health guidance, and have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment to check they have the required processes and protocols in place.” Visit Scotland

Take a look at the Visit Scotland virtual event which is a platform for highland businesses to declare when they are ‘Good to Go’! Show your support for the Scottish tourism industry by clicking on the ‘going’ button on the event and keep an eye on the posts if you are planning a trip to find out what businesses are Good to Go!

thanks to @cams_point_of_view and @joepenrose for the photos used in this blog post

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Eat Out To Help Out

Eat Out To Help Out in Dornoch this August!

From 3 to 31 August, get a 50% discount when you eat in at restaurants that are registered with the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.

  • 50% discount on food or non-alcoholic drinks (up to a maximum of £10 discount per diner)
  • every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 3 and 31 August
  • as many times as you like

Below is a list of establishments in Dornoch who are registered to the scheme.

Royal Dornoch Hotel and Apartments

The Coach House Bar and Restaurant


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Enjoy some LONG Summer nights in Dornoch

Here in Dornoch our summer days are longer than the rest of the UK, giving you plenty of time to do more during your short break.

Daylight hours during the height of the summer are longer because of the Dornoch’s latitude, but the extended daylight hours don’t end in June! They are a real end of summer/early autumn treat with the evenings not closing in until October! So you can enjoy this extra light right through until the early Autumn months.

Whenever you are planning your break in Dornoch, you are sure to find just the right kind of accomodation for you. With something for everyone’s style and budget.

Stay a while in luxurious Links House, characterful Dornoch Castle or any of the town’s welcoming and comfortable hotels, guest houses and Bed & Breakfasts. Dornoch is recognised as a Worldhost Destination, awarded for the quality of its customer care, so when you come to Dornoch, look out for the Worldhost logo and enjoy a really special welcome.

Golfers flock to the Royal Golf Hotel, a handsome building built of Dornoch’s golden, local sandstone overlooking the 1st tee of Royal Dornoch’s Championship course and with long vistas across the links and Dornoch Firth.

For a lively pub with rooms, The Eagle Hotel on Castle St is perfectly positioned in town and is CAMRA’s Caithness and Sutherland pub of the year.

Book now and start planning your Highland brea.

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Plan a winter break to see the Northern lights!

People across the Highlands are treated to spectacular shows of the Northern lights regularly during the Autumn and winter months. Come and see the skies in Dornoch and the surrounding area ablaze with colour. The best time to see the ‘Mirrie Dancers’ during your holiday in Scotland  is when the nights are long and nights are clear, so it’s a perfect excuse for a late winter break in the Highlands!

See the Visit Scotland website for more information about the Aurora in Scotland.

See our accommodation page for places to stay when you are planning your Scottish holiday.

Photos courtesy of Alasdair Dickson



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Ten Things to DO in Dornoch: Beaches

The Northern Highlands has a huge array of beaches waiting to be explored: from the craggy and stony to miles of golden sands or small coves with white sand and turquoise seas- there are so many to choose from and they are all equally special in their own way. Of course our favourite beach is our very own award winning Dornoch beach with a very close second place being our neighbour Embo…… but as there are so many other glorious beaches to visit whilst you are visiting Dornoch, we thought we would make a top ten list of our favourites! This is by no means an exhaustive list but is a good place to start if you are looking for plenty of time on the beach during your holiday.


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. Throughout the year it is popular for walkers taking a gentle stroll or carrying on north to Embo. The beach is popular with dog walkers all year round. A crisp winter’s morning  on Dornoch beach is unforgettable and at any time of year it will be possible to collect shells, spot sea birds and possibly see seals and even occasionally dolphins playing in the firth. There is car parking at the beach close to a children’s playground and toilets.


Embo beach is number one for rock-pooling in the whole area and has the added bonus of having Embo’s its very own holiday park, “Grannie’s Heilan’ Hame” sited right next to it. After you have had a morning on the beach you can make use of the facilities there which are open to the public including a swimming pool, tennis courts, crazy golf and much more. There is also a bar, restaurant, live entertainment, a convenience store and takeaway.


Golspie beach runs along the coast behind the main shops and cafes of the village of Golspie. Why not take the coastal path from Golspie through to Brora which winds through small harbours, sandy beaches, passes the iron age broch at Strathsteven and the magnificent Dunrobin Castle. The walk is 6¾ miles along easy coastal path and beach. Make the use of the train for the return leg of the journey! (Not suitable for buggies or wheelchairs.)

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The second most northerly beach on the west coast of Scotland, this stunning beach is very quiet and well off the beaten track. It is well known for its special wildflowers and has some fantastic rocks to explore or jump off of! The small car park and campsite is signposted from the minor road beyond Kinlochbervie.


A stunning beach of white sand which is part of a collection of beaches nestled amongst the rocky bays and headlands. Look out for the small “Hermit’s Castle” built of concrete on a headland in 1950- an architectural oddity that is now abandoned. Achmelvich is well known for looking more like the carribean that Scotland with brilliant white sand and turquoise seas. A safe place to take a swim in the sea and it is easy to spend a whole day here. Luckily it is only a few miles from Lochinver so you can easily pop by for dinner afterwards!


Just a few miles north of Achmelvich lies a beautiful, unspoilt beach called Clachtoll. It is a great place to combine with a trip to Achmelvich as you can conceivably see them both in a day before returning to Dornoch.


A stony little beach to the north of Ullapool, this is a fantastic little beach with wonderful views across to the Summer Isles. Great for making towers out of the pebbles or catching crabs off of the pier.


Long stretches of white sand, miles of sand dunes and stunning cliffs… there are actually multiple beaches in Durness so make sure you manage to explore them all!


Just to the west of the village of tongue is the hamlet of Melness. The beaches are clean and child friendly with rocks to climb on and plenty of golden sand to play on. The views out to sea are spectacular. Well worth a visit.


Slightly closer to home is the quaint little village of Portmahomack just outside of Tain. With it’s museum, lighthouse and harbour it is a bustling community and has a lovely cosy feeling about it on warm summer afternoons. The beach by the harbour runs along the main street so it is easy to grab an ice cream or a picnic and hop straight down to enjoy it on the sand. You look straight over the firth from here to Dornoch, so this beach really does have one of the best views around! There is a second beach at Tarbat Ness up by the lighthouse. This is stonier but equally as charming and is know locally as a great spot for dolphin sightings.


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What’s open in Dornoch?

Below is a list of what is open in Dornoch already and what is due to be opening up again soon.
We are so excited to be welcoming you all back!


Becca Mac. Open Wednesday to Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 11-5. Closed Monday & Tuesday.

Mitchell’s Chemist. Monday to Saturday. 9-5:30. Closed on Sundays.

Harry Gow Bakery 9-4pm. Monday to Saturday

Dornoch Farm Butchers. 10am-4:30pm Monday to Saturday

Grants of Dornoch 9:30am-4pm

Dornoch Stores 8:30 – 6:30

Dornoch News 6am -5pm Monday to Saturday, 8am -1pm Sunday.

Spar Convenience Store 7am- 7pm

Dornoch Garden Centre 9am-5:30pm

Jail Dornoch 9:30am-5pm

Aspen Spa-  The Aspen Spa at Carnegie Courthouse shop will open on the 15th July with the Cosmetic Clinic opening on the 28th July. The salon is likely to open at the end of July/early August.

Take aways.

Milk and Honey Cafe. Take away is available  from Thursday to Saturday 10am -3pm

The Eagle Hotel Tuesday to Friday 4:30-8pm

Luigi 5-8pm Friday & Saturday phone order from 2pm

The Courtroom. Friday-Sunday. Order and pay via their app here

Highland Spice 4pm-11pm

Outdoor hospitality (from 6 July)

Castle beer garden– Open from 6th July. From 15th July you can also book the Dining room in the evenings.

Courtyard- Open from 6 July

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Shop online to support Dornoch’s independent shops

Dornoch’s range of independent shops are well loved by visitors and locals alike. During this strange time they are getting far less footfall than they usually would at the time of year. If you want to support Dornoch shops from afar then there are many places you can order from online.

Below are a list of a few of these:

Barn Owl Bothy

For work by local artists including ceramics and paintings

Jail Dornoch

Everything from Candles to Clothes, the Jail sells a fantastic range of items

Simply The Best

Many items are fairtrade and there are some fantastic toys and gifts.

Cocoa Mountain

The best chocolate in the world! Why not treat yourself?

Royal Dornoch Pro Shop

For everything Golf. Get a little slice of Dornoch golf course in the form of a tshirt or club cover keep you going until you visit next.


Sumptuous fabrics, blankets and knitting wool. The perfect place to get some supplies for your lockdown projects!

Becca Mac

For all your fashion needs! Everything from bags to shoes.


Enjoy your online shopping. We look forward to welcoming you back to Dornoch soon.


Learn More Here: Shop online to support Dornoch’s independent shops

Absense makes the heart grow fonder #traveltomorrow

Visit Scotland have released a new film in response to the Corona Virus Crisis. We echo the sentiments expressed entirely. These are difficult times. Although for now we must stay apart, we look forward to exploring the hills and mountains of Scotland once again and welcoming visitors back to Dornoch soon. #stayhome #traveltomorrow

See the film on their YouTube channel here.

Comment from Visit Scotland

“We are all learning how precious life is in these difficult times. Life is enjoying a meal with friends and family. Life is roaming in the mountains and glens or relaxing by the seaside. Life is the excitement of exploring a new city or town. No one knows what the future holds, but we are all in this struggle together. We must live apart to save lives, for now. Let this distance bring us closer.”

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