Discover Sutherland - Your Local Guide

The town of Dornoch lies a mile or two east of the main A9 road on the coast at the entrance to the Dornoch Firth. There has been a settlement here for many centuries - there is possible evidence of a 6th century church in the centre of the town and there are also records of viking raids in the area. Dornoch is the old county town of Sutherland and it was created a Royal Burgh in 1628.

Dornoch today is a picturesque little town that offers much for the visitor to see and do. It is home to many old and interesting buildings. The most famous is the Cathedral but there is also a 16th century Bishop's Palace (now a hotel), the old town gaol, the Carnegie library and many historic houses and cottages. The local museum contains displays on the history of the town and its people.

Dornoch is probably most famous for its connection with the sport of golf. There are records of it being played on the links as long ago as the sixteenth century. You can read more about the town's long association with the sport on this page.

As well as the golf courses, there is a bowling club and tennis courts. The town also boasts a long sandy beach and there are a number of scenic and woodland walks in the area.

Dornoch has a thriving local community which still supports its own primary and secondary schools. The town offers a good range of shops that cater for the needs of residents and tourists alike, including a post office and banks.

Accommodation is plentiful with a number of hotels in the town as well as a wide range of guest houses and bed & breakfast establishments. There are also caravan and camping sites and a variety of self-catering accommodation is also available.

  Explore Dornoch
About Dornoch
• Dornoch Cathedral
• Golf in Dornoch
• The Last Witch

• Dornoch Image Gallery

• Dornoch Map

• Embo
• Loch Fleet
• Golspie

• Explore Sutherland map

• Golf Club Website
• Good Beach Guide

  The Sutherland Shop
• The Bookshop
• The Art Gallery
• The Giftshop

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Buy pictures of Dornoch in the Sutherland Art Gallery