Dornoch Christmas Festival

Dornoch suits Christmas with it’s beautiful historic buildings, fantastic independent shops and atmospheric places to eat and drink and be merry! Join us this December for a whole month of festive fun.

St Andrew’s Fair – Saturday 7th December
Get into the festive spirit at the annual Christmas Fair. All our shops and
restaurants take part in this event with special offers and tastings of
seasonal food and drink.

Christmas Bazaar from 10am – 4 pm.  Saturday 7th December

The social club is host to this festive event, with craft stalls full of Christmas gifts
for all the family, home baking, tea, coffee and home made soup are available all day.

Bring your children to visit Santa who arrives on ESRA’s Lifeboat at 1pm and stays
in his grotto until 3pm.

Throughout the town you can buy raffle tickets to have a chance of winning
a Christmas Hamper (with goods donated by local businesses). Round off
your day at the Carol Service in the Cathedral at 3:30pm followed by local
craic, mulled wine and mince pies. Then come out to see the magical
Christmas lights that decorate the trees throughout the town.


Christmas Community Market – Saturday 14th December
Dornoch holds regular outdoor markets in summer, and many of the stall
holders will be at this special Christmas Market – held indoors at the Social
Club from 10am – 3pm. Local produce from Cromarty Cheese Shop, Highland
Patissier, M’c Sourdough artisan bread and Cullisse Highland Rapeseed Oil.
Knitwear, cards, wooden gifts, jewellery, glass art, paintings, cushions and
handmade cosmetics.

Creative Christmas Workshops at Dornoch Social Club –
Saturday 21st December 11am-1pm
Get creative and make your own gifts and decorations. Keep the family busy
in the run up to Christmas!

Coast Candle Co, Workshop – with Janis Maclean
Booking Essential (07921 816360) £25 pp

Rag Wreath Making Workshop – with Lairg Learning Centre
Booking Essential (01549 402050) £10 pp

Crochet Tree Decorations Workshop – with Anne Coombs
Booking Essential (01862 810431) £10 pp

Christmas Food & Drink Treats – with Vanessa Lawrance
Booking Essential (07802 218596) £10 pp

Christmas Film – Saturday 21st December – 4pm
Come and watch the classic Christmas Film – The Muppet Christmas Carol at
the Dornoch Cinema in the Social Club and get in the festive spirit with
friends and family. Entry is £5 for adults and £3 for children, with
refreshments & Christmas Raffle.

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What’s on in Dornoch: November 2019

What’s On This Month?

November is packed full of fantastic events taking place in and around Dornoch. Our ‘Pick of the Month’ is the Jail Dornoch Christmas event on the 9th. Get in the festive spirit and start your Christmas Shopping in Dornoch; select your gifts whilst enjoying chocolates and prosecco!

There is so much happening in the area in the lead up to Christmas and this month sees the first Christmas events taking place including the Ardgay Christmas fair on the 30th and Lairg’s ‘Winterfest’ on the 23rd. There is also cinema, live music, bonfire night, fine art fair, and a fashion show!

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

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Visit Dornoch this Winter

Now the Dornoch Whisky Festival is over for another year, and the clocks have gone back, we look forward to the winter events starting with Bonfire Night on 5th November with the torch light parade to Meadows Park for the firework display.

Dornoch is becoming a centre for great food & drink – ‘Grant NcNicol at the Castle’ is a restaurant to be proud of and a number of special dinners are planned, including a 6-course Scottish Malt Society hosted dinner on 2nd November, a WoodWinters Wine Merchant Dinner on 23rd November and a De Burgh Wine Matched Dinner on 7th December. Christmas party menus for lunch and dinner will run 13th-15th and 20th-22nd December and the year rounds off with the Hogamanay Gala Dinner.

The Royal Golf Hotel is open over the winter where resident chef Michael Carr is creating a range of themed dinners including a Curry Night on 9th November, St Andrew’s Theme on 30th November, Mexican on 7th December and Christmas theme on 14th December. At £29 pp with the option of accommodation at £39pp, what’s not to like! Or book in for the 4-course Hogmanay dinner before making your way to the famous Dornoch Hogmanay Street Party.

Javi Santos, the head chef at Links House, in partnership with Clynelish is preparing an amazing 5-course Clynelish Whisky Dinner & Masterclass on 30th December. Then welcome the New Year with a Bloody Mary Brunch at Links House on 1st January.

With over 20 independent shops, Dornoch is a great place for Christmas Shopping, starting with Jail Dornoch and Country Interior‘s Christmas launch day on 9th November when you can enjoy a glass of Prosecco and chocolates while you browse.  If you spend over £100 on the day you will be entered into a raffle for a £500 Jail Dornoch gift voucher!

Dornoch Stores are running free tasting sessions every Saturday in December, St Andrew’s Fair on 7th December includes a Christmas Bazaar, Santa’s Grotto and carols in the Cathedral. Then there is a special Christmas Community Market on 14th December and creative Christmas workshops on 21st December with rag wreath making, candle making, crocheted Christmas decorations, and how to create festive food & drink treats.

For more details see the Dornoch in Winter leaflet

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Shopping in Dornoch this Christmas

Make your Christmas shopping a fun and pleasurable experience this year. Skip the crowds and come to Dornoch for a wonderful festive experience.

With over 20 independent shops to choose from, Dornoch is an ideal location to find that unusual gift, piece of jewellery or special cashmere jumper.

Jail Dornoch combines its historical setting of old cells with contemporary design to display a range of luxurious clothing, country wear, exquisite gifts, jewellery, Scottish pottery and glassware. New for 2019 is Becca Mac, a ladies’ and gents’ boutique with the very latest fashions.

Browse in the Dornoch Bookshop for your Christmas reading, pick up a tartan rug and a length of tweed at Kingcraig, or explore the Aladdin’s cave that is Simply The Best Fair Trade Gift & Toy Shop and its sister shop Outside the Box.Select from a wide range of local arts and crafts at Barn Owl Bothy and Morag Locke – Highland Artist. For outdoor clothing, and great kitchen gifts then visit the Hardware Store and you can pick up some great stocking fillers and toys from Dornoch News.

At Cocoa Mountain, award-winning Chocolatier, you can make up your own box of chocolates from their exclusive range of flavours. Be tempted by great local food, extensive ’free from’ range and fine wines in the General Store or sign up for a gin or whisky tasting at the Carnegie Whisky Cellars before deciding which bottle to take home! Country Interiors has beautiful gifts and unusual items for the home.

Why not treat yourself to a hair or nail treatment at Hair & Beauty in Dornoch or the luxury of a relaxing massage at Aspen Spa in the Carnegie Courthouse.

What better gift for a golfer than Royal Dornoch branded goods in the Pro’s Shop including golf balls, tees, hats, jumpers and tee shirts. Mitchells Chemist has perfumes, scarves, handbags and candles to choose from and if you are looking for a real Christmas tree, then head to the Garden Centre in the retail park.


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What’s on in Dornoch: October 2019

October is packed full of fantastic events taking place in and around Dornoch! Get in the festival mood and take a trip to a book, archaeology, knitting, tree or whisky festival!

Go to a young curators club at Historylinks, see some live music or visit Dornoch cinema. A talk by naturalist Sir John Lister Kaye, community market and guided walks are also amongst the huge range of activities taking place this month.

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

Our Pick of the month is the Dornoch Whisky Festival. Friday 25th until Monday 28th October 2019. Dornoch Whisky Festival is a celebration of whisky in the North Highlands held on the last weekend of October annually. During the 4-day event there are whisky themed dinners, distillery tours, master classes, blind tastings and VIP tastings – basically something for everyone regardless of your level of knowledge of whisky! See the program and book your tickets now:



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Ten Things to DO in Dornoch: Autumn

Whether you are planning a short break in Scotland during the next few months or are gearing up for the Dornoch Whisky Festival, come to Dornoch and discover all we have on offer in this beautiful and unspoiled area of the country. Autumn brings beautiful weather to the Highlands, misty mornings and long sunny afternoons. We look forward to welcoming you to Dornoch soon to soak up the beautiful autumnal weather!


The Dornoch is Whisky Festival is one of the highlights of the Dornoch calendar. This year it takes place from Friday the 25th until Monday 28th October. Tickets are on sale now so don’t miss out on some fantastic whisky related events throughout the town.

Lovers of single malts or those keen to learn about Scotland’s national drink can visit 4 famous distilleries within just a few miles of Dornoch. Clynelish, Balblair, Glenmorangie and Dalmore are all close by so there is every opportunity to raise a glass to your holiday in Scotland.

2. History and Heritage

The Highlands of Scotland are well known for their rich history and heritage. Discover all about the history of the Dornoch area- and the whole of the Northern Highlands- during your next trip. There are historical sites, castles, museums and tours galore! We have come up with ten of our favourite historical ‘things to do’ in the area, take a look at our list here.

3. Links House

Take part in one of Link’s house’s bespoke experiences. They will tailor every aspect of your bespoke itinerary whether country sports such as shooting, stalking and fishing, or guided cycling and hiking across the Highlands. 

4. 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.

5. Go Wild Highlands

Based in Lairg in East Sutherland, Go Wild Highlands is a small, family-run company running open canoe trips down the Kyle of Sutherland and other Sutherland locations. This slow-moving, easy river with its narrow creeks and wooded islands is ideal for the beginner or anyone looking for a relaxed adventure rich in wildlife, scenery and history.

6. Golf

Golf in Scotland – obviously. Links golf in the Scottish highlands – Royal Dornoch, obviously. And to enrich your visit, play our neighbouring courses, all close by and with their own challenges. All of these friendly courses welcome players of all standards.

8. Walking

No holiday in Scotland would be complete without a walk to enjoy our scenery and wildlife. You can do it all from Dornoch – woodland walks, hill walking or a stroll along our beautiful beaches each one building lasting memories you’ll treasure.

9. Aspen Spa

Take some time out and relax with a luxury spa or beauty treatment. Specialist golf massage for those exploring the fantastic local courses. Gifts, beauty and spa products also available in spa shop.

10. North Coast 500

Using Dornoch as your base, explore sections of the North Coast 500 each day. This is a great way of experiencing this world famous route whilst making the most of Dornoch and all it has to offer.

Enjoy your trip to Dornoch this Autumn and remember to post your pictures on our Social Media channels!



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