We visited Dornoch Castle Hotel while traveling in northern Scotland. Our daughter summed it up best when she asked "do we only get to stay here one night?"
The building really is an old castle in the heart of Dornoch. If you haven't been there, it is very much like a Cotswold village on the east coast of Scotland. It is very charming and the hotel is probably the most prominent building in town.
We were greeted in a very friendly manner on our entrance and the woman checking us in even gave me literature when I asked about the castle's history. We stayed in a four-poster bedroom with our children in an adjacent room. Although in an old castle, the rooms were warm and comfortable and the bathroom luxurious and modern.
We had a delightful dinner in the excellent restaurant downstairs. The bar is almost the ideal of a UK pub with a large assortment of single malt scotches.
There was ample parking in front of the hotel. Dornoch Cathedral (which structurally is akin to a large church) dominates the town center, and the stores included nice antiques and book stores.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Dornoch Castle Hotel Scotland