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Wormit, United Kingdom
Reviewed 18 June 2014

This place gives you the real deal. It's an obvious castle in the Scottish baronial style, in the Highlands. Americans in particular will love it. The location is good, right opposite Dornoch Cathedral and next to the Tourist Information Centre, within walking distance of the village centre, shops, etc. The main entrance takes you into the bar; there is no...

Thank JacquiandJohn
Southport UK
Reviewed 17 June 2014

We all really enjoyed our lunch at Dornoch Castle. There was a good choice of meals and an even bigger choice of whiskies! The food was delicious and the staff very helpful and friendly. We didn't have to wait long for the food and we were not disappointed when it arrived. Would recommend a visit if you are in the...

Thank KathySouthportUK
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Reviewed 14 June 2014

This is my 1st review but felt it was worth joining to spread the word. Stop in by the castle hotel often on our way to Orkney to see family. The new lunch menu is fab, the platters are highly recommended. Always a great ale on which keeps hubby happy, the best feature of the castle has to be the...

1Thank bet m
Lisburn, United Kingdom
Reviewed 12 June 2014

We got married in beautiful Dornoch in May and chose to stay and celebrate in the Castle Hotel. We cannot thank Ros, Colin and the whole team at the hotel enough for making our wedding celebrations so special. From the wonderful rooms and excellent food through to the warm and friendly service, we could not have asked for more. We...

1Thank moon0905
Reviewed 11 June 2014

We stayed here with 12 friends end of may all of us love single malt whisky and it is the place to be.What a great selection they had ,even early 1900 whisky is available. The food was magic and I have to congrat the chef in the kitchen.He does a good job with his team ,we had dinner there twice....

1Thank travelingforbusiness
Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 June 2014

We were planning on staying here for a night in late May as our flight got changed to a later day, when we went in for lunch we were greeted by a very polite young waitress who took us too a table and asked us how we were ect ect, she got us drinks and was very helpful. She advised...

7Thank deendags
Bristol, England
Reviewed 5 June 2014

We stayed here last week for two nights. Staff were all very friendly and helpful and our room was lovely. The complementary sherry was a really nice touch too. This is a lovely hotel with character, a great bar and great staff. Food was good too. What more can you ask?

2Thank Vivienne123
Reviewed 2 June 2014 via mobile

We had a lovely meal and drinks here one Saturday night recently. The food is excellent - I had the cullen skink to start which is easily the best cullen skink I've ever had. The sea bass after was beautiful too. The hotel has a great atmosphere and the bar is a great place to relax with a few drinks...

Thank anna_c20
Mansfield, United Kingdom
Reviewed 29 May 2014

Superb room with complimentary sherry and choccies. Friendly staff. Warm welcome on a damp grey day. Superb dinner with Scottish flavours. Great breakfast. Parking outside no charges. Lovely town. Met lovely people in the bar which is very well stocked with whiskers.

Thank Leslye H
Reviewed 28 May 2014

We stayed here recently for one night on our way to Orkney. The bar is very atmospheric with a great range of whiskies which staff will advise you on. Dinner was very good. Staff all very nice and helpful throughout. Our room was in the extension rather than the castle, very comfortable and in good condition. Overall, a good hotel...

Thank bigcheuk

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  • Breakfast included
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Castle is located in the historic town of Dornoch across from the stunning 13th century Cathedral, boasting stunning views of the town. The central position of the hotel makes it ideal for exploring Dornoch, home to the world famous Royal Dornoch Golf Course, which overlooks the breath taking golden sand beach. Dornoch is also well situated for those looking to explore more of what the Highlands have to offer. The historic Castle is built on the site of the original Bishop’s Palace of St Gilbert, who founded the Cathedral in the early 13th century. The building eventually sold on and in 1947 became a hotel after some extensive work, which maintain much of the character of the Castle as a stately, historic and comfortable home. The Castle boasts a total of 22 en-suite bedrooms situated both within the original castle and the modern garden extension. There is a variety of room types available including; standard, superior, deluxe and our award winning Old Courtroom. Due to the castle’s layout each bedroom has its own special ambiance, great care has been taking in creating a distinctive character in each bedroom. The Castle's restaurant has retained an AA rosette standard, through the exceptional work from the chefs. The malt whisky selection is second to none and can be enjoyed in the cosy stone-lined whisky bar with the roaring fire to protect you from the Scottish winds, in the summer the walled garden is the perfect setting to relax during the long summer nights. Coming Summer 2016: The Dornoch Distillery will be opening soon on the grounds of the Dornoch Castle Hotel producing 'Old Style' Whisky and Hand Crafted Organic Gin from scratch. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Dornoch Castle Hotel

Address: Castle Street, Dornoch IV25 3SD, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Caithness and Sutherland > Dornoch
Price Range: $220 - $324 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Dornoch Castle Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 22
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“we had a garden room which was nice and sunny”
josephgN974OD, 19 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Ask for The Old Courtroom or a turret room.”
ArtisanLuc, 19 Dec 2016 | Read review
“rooms at the rear overlooking the garden are by far the better”
davidtuffley, 6 Oct 2016 | Read review
“We had a room at the back - view non-existent but very quiet so suited us.”
Tuppenny42, 25 Sep 2016 | Read review
“the Tower Room was worth it!”
LynnoP, 2 Sep 2016 | Read review
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