Over the centuries, Dornoch Castle has been a garrison, a courthouse and a jail.
Now that the Castle is a cosy and romantic hotel, today’s guests are rather more reluctant to leave than previous visitors might have been.
Historical Highland hotel
A scenic hour-long drive from Inverness, the family-owned Dornoch Castle Hotel can trace its earliest roots back to a 13th century bishop’s palace.
Back in the day, its views across the Dornoch Firth to the purple hills of Ross and Cromarty made it a strategic military garrison.
These days, the same views, combined with 21st century creature comforts, mean that Dornoch Castle Hotel is a much sought after tourist destination.
Two night stay for two people
Today’s Big Deal is for a couple to enjoy an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s Garden Rooms.
Overlooking the walled gardens, these bright and sunny rooms are part of the modern garden wing and are all ensuite with a shower or bath and shower. All have twin or superking beds.
A dram of whisky and shortbread on arrival will be just the job to help you settle in.
Full Scottish breakfast
A full Scottish breakfast is included in the Big Deal but, if you choose to take other meals in either the candle-lit Garden Restaurant or in front of the open fire in the more informal bar, then you can look forward to the finest Scottish produce.
Dornoch Firth mussels, West Coast scallops and Highland venison are the sort of ingredients that make regular appearances on the menu.
The bar also has a very special range of malt whiskies – perfect for the whisky fan who wants to explore this iconic Scottish spirit.
Plenty to see and do
Set in the beautiful town of Dornoch and situated directly opposite the inspiring 12th century Dornoch Cathedral, the hotel is ideally located for hill walking, fishing, distillery visits and, of course, golf.
The famous Royal Dornoch Championship Golf Course is only a stone’s throw from the Castle.
Previous visitors have loved their time at Dornoch Castle Hotel. This is what one had to say on TripAdvisor recently:
‘Congratulations. What helpful people all the staff were. The room was neat and tidy with a good view. The restaurant served a beautiful meal of venison and the wine list was fine also. The garden outback was most pleasant in the sunshine and the range of single malts was outstanding. Plenty of things to do in Dornoch also’
Today’s Big Deal at Dornoch Castle Hotel would be ideal for a relaxing, autumn break.
It would also make a very romantic gift. Do you know anyone who would jump at a night in a Highland castle?