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Dornoch Castle Hotel
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Dornoch
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 17 March 2009

My wife and I stayed at the hotel for our joint 30th birthdays for a long weekend. We desperately wanted a quiet getaway where we could relax, enjoy beatiful surroundings, eat good food and generally just recharge our batteries.

The hotel exceeded our expectations - amazing food, friendly staff, warm & welcoming atmosphere. Then there was our room - The Old Courtroom. We cannot possibly describe just how great it was in one review - you really just have to experience it to fully appreciate it !

There were also lots of "little things" that we really enjoyed like the small decanter of spirits topped up in our room every day (free of charge), the fresh fire that was built for us ready on our return to our room so that all we had to do was light it, and that you could sit be the open fire in the bar downstairs without being pestered to buy drinks (we recommend the fruit scones !).

The town is not exactly the liveliest, but that was exactly what we were looking for on a relaxing break.

We will definitely be back - hoping to make it an annual event !!!

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 January 2009

We had a wonderful New Year in The Dornoch Castle Hotel which is situated within a beautiful village which is very unusual for Scotland with it's light coloured stone buildings. We were superbly looked after throughout and the staff were exceptional. We stayed in the old part of the hotel and had a lovely room, which was charming and well equipped. The food was stunning and we thoroughly enjoyed the wine list!!! Dornoch is a lovely place to stay at new year as all the locals turn out to the street party, which includes the local piper at the top of the castle piping the new year in and there was then an excellent firework display. There are lovely walks including a fantastic beach and the scenery in this part of Scotland is very underated. A superb place to stay with welcolming fires and very friendly staff. We have stayed here before and will return as soon as we can.

  • Stayed: December 2008
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Reviewed 10 January 2009

We have just had a wonderful Hogmanay break at the Dornoch Castle Hotel - and what a way to start the New Year!!
We arrived on Dec 30th and stayed until Jan 2nd, and from the moment we set foot in the castle until the sad moment we had to leave, we were thoroughly spoiled!!
The hotel is magnificent . The old building has been superbly renovated, and all the rooms and public areas including the restaurant and bar areas are of a very high standard and tastefully decorated and spotlessly clean. The staff are friendly and polite, helpful and hard working, and it is extremely well run and managed by the owners Ros and Col and their sons Simon and Phil.
The food in the restaurant was amazing and throughout our break we were given super choices with an extensive wine list to select from.
We loved walking out from the hotel straight into the little town of Dornoch and exploring the shops and streets, especially the Jail shop -an experience not to be missed.
Opposite the hotel is the old cathedral and only 5 minutes walk away is the golf course and the wide sandy beach which was a wonderful place to walk off the calories!!!!
We also had lovely short drives out , and explored the quiet areas around, including the Harrods of the North at the Falls of Shin, the Black Isle and the towns of Inverness, Ullapool and Dingwall.
The Castle Hotel has got us hooked, and we have booked again for February this year - we can't wait to return, and we have already reserved a room for next New Year.
We just loved everything about the hotel and location.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 December 2008

As a group of 4 people celebrating a 50th birthday, we would like to express how we thoroughly enjoyed this winter break. The staff were extremely helpful, accommodating and friendly and nothing was too much trouble. The restaurant menu was superb and we felt the whole experience was wonderful We would love to return some time in the future and to reacquaint ourselves to this endearing, charming and nostalgic place. Thank you very much to all including Charlie the cat.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 November 2008

Dornoch is a small community with little choice of good hotels. This hotel would attract more customers if improvements were made. Staff come from the local community and seem to lack any international experience. A good food menu but lacking in what i would call local dishes which would be interesting to foreign visitors. All in all a bit overated.

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled on business
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Reviewed 19 November 2008

I just thought I’d take a few minutes to write a short review saying thank them for the wonderful service received by the Dornoch Castle Hotel staff on our short stay with them last week. The staff were very courteous at all times; extremely helpful and above all very easy to get along with! My job takes me all over the country and I can honestly say I’ve never felt so comfortable in a hotel.

The hotel itself was magnificent. We found our room (Room 1 – Nairn) to be exceptionally well appointed. The bar area is also most welcoming; I really don’t know why they aren’t a 4 star hotel! I informed the hotel in advance that this was a special trip for my partners birthday and that I was planning on proposing to her... they then made sure that I was given one of the nicest rooms in the hotel, set in the castle part - which made the ambience all the more special. I would love to have had the Old Courtroom, but unfortunately it was booked out at the time.

I will most certainly recommend the establishment to friends & family and I'm sure we will be back there soon enough to visit Charlie the cat and everyone else at the hotel... maybe we'll even get married there!

Thanks once again to Dornoch Castle Hotel for an A1 short break!

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 October 2008

Although it is called a castle, there is not much 'castle.' Most of the rooms and breakfast area are located in a more modern extension in the back. Nice view of gardens in the back of the hotel.

The shower pressure was poor.

Had Wifi, though limited to front of hotel.

Very good breakfast.

Location was ideal in this charming town, and nice walk to the beach (~10-15 min). We happened to be visiting on a Friday when they had a farmer's market.

  • Stayed: August 2008
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Additional Information about 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: £127 - £187 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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