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

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

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

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.)

Old Shore More

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.

Achmelvich

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!

Clachtoll

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.

Ardmair

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.

Durness

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!

Melness

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.

Portmahomack

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!

Shops

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

Read Full Article Here: What’s open in Dornoch?

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!

Shops

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

Learn More Here: What’s open in Dornoch?

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.

Kingcraig

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.”

Learn More Here: Absense makes the heart grow fonder #traveltomorrow

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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