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Dornoch Castle Hotel

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Castle Street, Dornoch IV25 3SD , Scotland
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Ranked #3 of 6 hotels in Dornoch
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 4 days ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Elgin, Scotland, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I stayed 1 night in May. No hot water in bathroom, complained but told I'd need to wait till the morning, this was at 7pm. They suggested I use the bath instead cause only the shower valves were bust. Had dinner and wine, far too expensive for north of Scotland, wine ridiculously marked up for the quality. The room and... More

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51 hotel reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Dornoch. The Castle hotel is ok, but maybe a bit overrated, especially the restaurant. £51 for Cullen skink/chicken liver pâté, steak/chicken, was steep. Had to wait 20 minutes for cup of coffee. Room overlooked garden and roof of restaurant - nothing special. Breakfast OK.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Visited this hotel for a valentines offer with my husband in the offer was a 5 course meal this was stunning, there was a set menu but still lots of choice. Room- we were offered an upgrade of our room when we arrived the room had a 4 poster bed, jacuzzi bath and a wood burner, room was huge and... More

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Moray, Scotland
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134 reviews 134 reviews
48 hotel reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I've stayed here previously and thought of it as a good pub / restaurant with rooms. Prices seemed to have escalated but standards haven't. If my room looked anything like the one on the Tripadvisor site I may not have been disappointed! I didn't think it was great for the price. Spacious but very dated. Dinner was enjoyable but again... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Decided to stop at Dornoch Castle for a coffee and maybe a cake. Firstly, no-one seemed to know if we could have something to eat or even a snack. Secondly, asking for a coffee or hot chocolate at the bar, appeared to be against the law after 5 and thirdly we were told how the 'kitchen wasn't able' to provide... More

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Brisbane, Australia
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Musty, 1960s decor, very dingy.people upstairs could have been in the room with us as we were aware of every step they took plus their plumbing knocked loudly at 6am when upstairs turned on the water.The bathroom was badly in need of refurbishing, the side of the bath a piece of board. We were told we booked a lovely garden... More

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Falkirk District, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed here for one night, after a wet ride on the motorbike around the far north east of Scotland, we arrived dripping wet. The room we had was vast, and the staff were very attentive and helpful. Food wise we shunned the rather pricy restaurant and went for a walk around the town center - another review to come on... More

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hotel was conveniently situated for our one week stay and the welcome from the staff was excellent. In fact all the staff at the hotel were very helpful and contributed to an enjoyable stay. We had dinner once, and enjoyed it very much although the dinner was a little over priced for what it was and compared with other... More

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Perth, Australia
19 reviews 19 reviews
4 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at the Castle Hotel for two nights in July and were quite happy with our choice of accommodation in Dornoch. The warm and welcoming staff and very attentive service was great after a long drive. Room was comfortable and warm (which you seem to require here even in summer!) and the plush robes provided were a nice touch.... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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159 reviews 159 reviews
30 hotel reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Prior to our stay, we received an email asking if we wanted to make reservations for their restaurant, which we did thinking it would be nice to eat on site after a day of hiking in the north. We're really glad that we did since the restaurant far exceeded our expectations. We were kind of expecting something along the lines... More

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Address: Castle Street, Dornoch IV25 3SD , Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Caithness and Sutherland > Dornoch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Dornoch Castle Hotel 3*
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The Castle is almost certainly on the site of the original Bishop's Palace of St Gilbert, who founded the Cathedral in the early 13th Century, but it is not known when the oldest surviving part of the present building was put up. In 1557 the Palace was given to the Earl of Sutherland by his brother in law, Bishop Robert Stewart. It is clear that the building was erected before that date and may well be of the late 15th Century. The earliest surviving documentary evidence of the Palace is the Charter of 1557 by which the Bishop Robert appointed the Earl of Sutherland and his heirs to be hereditary Constables for Dornoch "situated in the Irish (Gaelic speaking) Country among the wild, unbridled, untamed and savage Scots". The appointment was made by the Bishop who was alarmed by the progress of the Lutheran doctrines and wished to safeguard the property of the Church by putting it temporarily in the care of his relations. He cannot have visualised that the Church would never own its property again. When the building passed into private hands in 1922 it was considerably modernised. Further extensive work was carried out after it became a hotel in 1947. Great care has been taken, however, to maintain the character of the Castle as a stately, historic and comfortable residence. This work continues now with the new owners who took over in June of 2000. They have gone some way to restore some of the former glory to this magnificent and fascinating historic building. ... more   less 
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