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Dornoch Castle Hotel
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Dornoch
Certificate of Excellence
Scotland
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30 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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“Get yourself up here”
Reviewed 2 April 2014

From the moment we arrived till the moment we left this proved a most enjoyable experience. Pleasant, friendly staff on arrival and delighted with the room in the castle part itself. We had room 2 appropriately called 'Royal Dornoch' given that we were to play this magnificent golf course during our time there. Back to the room. Adequately sized but with a 4 poster bed and one of the most comfortable beds I have slept in. Dressing gowns and slippers just added to our enjoyment. This was a superior room so unable to comment on the quality of other standard rooms. The restaurant food was of a high standard although at this time of year the menu is somewhat restricted. Not the cheapest food we've eaten but it was good quality. Overall the hospitality was very good and if it appeals, the opportunity to try some of the whiskies available, should not be missed.

Room Tip: Get into the castle part of the hotel
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 March 2014

Literally just got back from a two night stay at Dornoch Castle. It was just fantastic. Dornoch had special memories for me as I spent holidays there 40 years ago. Dornoch itself was almost the same. Everyone was friendly and the beach was stunning. We got a deal for the hotel and stayed in a castle room (the Nairn) with breakfast and the whisky experience. My partner LOVED the whisky tasting and the time taken by bar staff to find a whisky that suited his tastes. All staff treated us like friends and we were very comfortable there. The room was large and really comfortable. Although its a really old building it was warm and had all the comforts and more that you would want. Really soft fluffy towels and all the toiletries you needed. The bed was soft and with the fresh air and beach walks, we slept soundly each night. Breakfasts were cooked to perfection. We ate at the hotel one night (we should have eaten here both nights) and can only describe the food as a perpetual taste sensation. There wasn't a great deal of choice on the menu, but I'd prefer that the food was cooked with the detail it was than have a wide range of choices that weren't very exciting. I had the beef fillet and my partner had the venison and we both agreed that we had never eaten better food anywhere. Other diners were complimenting the chef all night. Food and drinks in the hotel were reasonable and the food particularly good value considering the quality. We loved our stay at this hotel and will definitely return. We had forgotten how beautiful our highlands are. Thanks to all for making our stay so lovely.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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dornochcastle, Front Office Manager at Dornoch Castle Hotel, responded to this review, 7 June 2014
Good Evening,


Thank you for taking the time to comment on your recent stay at the Dornoch Castle.

Everyone is pleased to hear that your stay with us was an enjoyable one. Dornoch is a beautiful town with a whole lot of history! We were glad to hear that Nairn was to your liking – the views from this room are magnificent over the Dornoch Firth!

We all do our best to make our guests welcome and are glad that your partner was able to have some knowledge from the boys in regards to his Whisky choices! Scotty, Simon and Phil all love their Whiskies and stock over 200 bottles behind the bar!

The comments on your evening meal are very much appreciated as our chefs work very hard to ensure there is something for everyone’s taste. They have a rosette for their hard work and do their best to maintain this.

With regards to your room comments we are delighted that you enjoyed it. We are pleased you have a good night’s sleep and that the extra touches were to your liking.

It is brilliant to receive reviews like yours as it really boosts the staff and we do hope that you will return again for some more Scottish hospitality.

Kind Regards
All of the staff at the Dornoch Castle.
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Stockport
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

We took advantage of a two day deal from KJB, it was a long drive from Stockport but worth the effort. The reception we received was friendly and welcoming, being an old fashioned building the corridors are a bit like a maze, but it's all part of the fun. Our room was comfy, a bit on the small size but warm and clean. The bar and lounge areas, are so warm and welcoming, the open fire adds to scene, like taking a step into the past. If you like good whisky, you will be in heaven, the selection is endless. Part of our deal was an evening, and this was the icing on our cake,fantastic starters with delicious main and sweets, we had never experienced fillet steak done so perfectly. The town of Dornoch, is small, but very, very friendly. We went for several drives, and found some breathtaking scenery. If you get the chance, please try Dornoch Castle Hotel, a great big thanks to all of the staff, you are a credit to The Dornoch Castle, a great advert for Scottish tourism.

Room Tip: Would be worthwhile upgrading to a larger room.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Liverpool
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Reviewed 17 March 2014

Four of us stayed on a KGB Deal. We went up for my 40th Birthday. It would have been an 8hr drive, but we flew to inverness by Flybe from Manchester - 40 mins (recomended) for £60 return. The hotel is very nice and the staff are very friendly and do everything to make your stay welcome. The food is lovely. Our deal included £27 towards a 2 course meal but the main course itself was £24 for a fillet beef steak which was a little pricey but I have to admit it was really nice. The Scottish breakfast was also lovely and on the morning of my birthday the staff put candles on my breakfast plate for me to blow out! The bar area has a vast array of fine whiskies to try, ranging from around £4 a shot to over £500 a shot! So if u like a wee dram then this is your place. All in all a great stay!

  • Stayed March 2014
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dornochcastle, Front Office Manager at Dornoch Castle Hotel, responded to this review, 7 June 2014
Dear DiscoKidda,

Thank you very much for your review.

We are very pleased that you were able to enjoy your stay with us at a great price! It is most definitely worth flying if you are travelling from down South – goodness knows how many people manage the drive! We are glad that you thought the staff were friendly and welcoming – we try very hard to do as much as possible for all of our guests.

We were all very happy to hear that the food at the Castle was to your liking too! You will be pleased to hear that we now have a new menu in place with reduced prices and a larger selection for all palates!

It is great that you enjoyed your stay with us and we hope you will venture north again for another stay in the future.

Kind Regards
All of the staff at the Dornoch Castle hotel.
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Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2014

We got married at this hotel so it will remain quite special to us. The food - phenomenal! We had dinner and breakfast at this hotel and were ecstatic with each meal. The food is presented so nicely and I found it to be of great quality. I took photos of our meals, that's how impressed I was! We stayed in the old courtroom and the staff left us some firewood for a cozy fire on our wedding night. The grounds were beautifully kept and the hotel itself is so charming. I also remember the price of our stay to be quite reasonable. Overall the experience was wonderful and we will be returning to Scotland in a couple years and will be staying at this hotel for a couple nights to celebrate our anniversary. Thank you Dornoch staff for the fabulous experience. It remains in our memory to this day! (Note: our stay was in September 2010)

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2014

We stayed here for 1 night on a tour of Scotland.

The hotel was lovely, with a good atmosphere.

The staff were all very friendly and attentive to all guests.

The bar was full of whiskey!!! Any make was available or seemed to be anyway!!

The food that was served up was unsurpassable. It was gorgeous, cooked to perfection. The venison was great, the steak was cooked to perfection.

It was very quiet for sleeping. The room was very clean and tidy.
The bathroom as well was very modern. In our room there was no bath, only a shower. This may put some people off.

Breakfast was freshly cooked in morning and was delicious!!

Well recommended to stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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dornochcastle, Front Office Manager at Dornoch Castle Hotel, responded to this review, 7 June 2014
Good Evening,

Thank you for your review of your stay at the Dornoch Castle hotel.

All of your comments are very much appreciated by all of us at the Dornoch Castle hotel.

We are pleased that you enjoyed the atmosphere and were happy with the service you received during your stay. We are also pleased that your meal was gorgeous and that you felt it was cooked to perfection – the chefs work very hard to make sure everything they send out is delicious and appetizing.

It is also great to hear that the room was to your liking and that you found it quiet. The Castle rooms are great for keeping out the noise with their thick walls and the annex is great too due to being away from the road.

We are glad that you mentioned that some guests may not appreciate that some rooms only have showers – we do try to stress that it is easier to let us know when reserving if a bath is preferred and we are more than happy to help!

We do hope you will return in the near future.

Best Wishes
All of the staff at the Castle.
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Preston, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

We spent 5 days touring Scotland and this was our very favourite hotel. The staff were warm and welcoming. The food was really good. And the open fire made for a lovely, cosy atmosphere.
We'll definitely visit again.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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dornochcastle, Front Office Manager at Dornoch Castle Hotel, responded to this review, 7 June 2014
Good Evening,

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us at Dornoch Castle hotel.

Everyone at the Castle are delighted that during you 5 days in Scotland, we were your very favourite! We really appreciate that you found the staff to be warm and welcoming too – our guests always come first.
We are also pleased you enjoyed our love open fire in our old stone-work bar area. It is very relaxing and can be extremely cosy!

We are glad that you would visit us again and hope to see you soon!

Best Wishes
All of the staff at the Dornoch Castle hotel.
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Property: Dornoch Castle Hotel
Address: Castle Street, Dornoch IV25 3SD, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Caithness and Sutherland > Dornoch
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Dornoch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Dornoch Castle Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 22
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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