Take a stroll in this quaint seaside town

Dornoch is a pretty seaside town, with plenty of cosy shops and great places to eat, drink and nose about. You’ll find beautiful Dornoch Cathedral, where services were held as early as 1239, in the center of town. Visit the museum and take a stroll along Dornoch’s stunning stretch of beach. And, if you’re a golf enthusiast, you can’t leave without a visit to Dornoch Royal Championship golf course.

We are happy to arrange a chauffeured day trip for you and your traveling party.


A few of our local favorites:

Eat & Drink

Cocoa Mountain → Award-winning chocolatier and cafe established in Balnakeil (2006) with a sister outlet in Royal Dornoch (since 2017). Famous for serving the world’s “Best Hot Chocolate” and luxury chocolates, home bakes, organic and fair-trade coffee, teas and chilled drinks, freshly-made light lunches and friendly service. Chocolates in paradise!

Luigi → Lovely Italian restaurant that serves beautiful food. The menu is contemporary European with an emphasis on Scottish seafood and locally sourced ingredients. During high season it is also open during the day. The cafe serves lavazza coffee, homemade cakes, soups, fresh salads and seasonal specials.


Dornoch Bookshop → a lovely shop where you can browse for hours. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and there are handwritten notes around the shop, helping you to make your choice. They also sell some great souvenirs, stationary and a broad range of postcards

Jail Dornoch → this large gift shop is the perfect place to find unique, high quality souvenirs and clothing.

Highland Hospice → For all second hand lovers out there, Dornoch houses a cute, beautifully set up charity shop along the main road, where you can find great quality clothing, jewelry, books and other knick-knacks.

The Carnegie Courthouse Whisky Cellars → Opened in 2016, this great shop focuses on local distilleries and offers a unique range of malt whiskies from all over Scotland. They are very knowledgeable and can recommend a whisky based on your personal favorites.

Kincraig Dornoch – If you are looking for a real Highland souvenir, this shop filled with high quality tweed, throws, travel rugs, cashmere scarves, hand crafted gifts, handbags and hats is the place to go.


Image: John Haslam, CC BY 2.0