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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 2013
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Recently had the pleasure of staying two nights at Dornoch Castle on a trip to view antiques in Wick. I found every aspect of the hotel superb. The room was comfortable, clean and well kitted out, had a view over the walled garden behind the castle too. Dinner was truly sublime, whilst I enjoyed the Pigeon starter immensely, it was... More

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Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've stayed here a few times now on business and it's been a joy every time. The bar and restaurant provide and excellent atmosphere for unwinding after a long day on the road and, if like me you enjoy whisky, there is a great selection of it on the bar, really unusual bottles I've not seen anywhere else and fairly... More

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Milltimber, Aberdeen
3 reviews 3 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Awful, awful, awful!!!!!! Don't know where to start really. My husband & I booked a champagne deal weekend away for our wedding anniversary(£229 DB&B per night) we hadn't been away alone together for 7 years since our kids were born so it was a special break. The moment we walked in we were disappointed, to check-in there was a tiny... More

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dornochcastle, Manager at Dornoch Castle Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Munkyprim, Thank you for the comments you have posted on Trip Advisor. We are happy to accept criticism of service where it is due, and do our utmost to respond to any adverse comments positively. I would just like to clarify the comments you have made, firstly with regards to dining times it does clearly state on the bottom... More

Dingwall, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

From the first point of contact on this visit to the moment we booked out the next morning the staff could not have been more helpful and friendly. The service could not be faulted, nor could the cuisine, and as an unexpected bonus was the knowledge the bartender had of the vast array of malt whiskies on offer, which he... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the moment we arrived till the moment we left this proved a most enjoyable experience. Pleasant, friendly staff on arrival and delighted with the room in the castle part itself. We had room 2 appropriately called 'Royal Dornoch' given that we were to play this magnificent golf course during our time there. Back to the room. Adequately sized but... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Literally just got back from a two night stay at Dornoch Castle. It was just fantastic. Dornoch had special memories for me as I spent holidays there 40 years ago. Dornoch itself was almost the same. Everyone was friendly and the beach was stunning. We got a deal for the hotel and stayed in a castle room (the Nairn) with... More

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8 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took advantage of a two day deal from KJB, it was a long drive from Stockport but worth the effort. The reception we received was friendly and welcoming, being an old fashioned building the corridors are a bit like a maze, but it's all part of the fun. Our room was comfy, a bit on the small size but... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Four of us stayed on a KGB Deal. We went up for my 40th Birthday. It would have been an 8hr drive, but we flew to inverness by Flybe from Manchester - 40 mins (recomended) for £60 return. The hotel is very nice and the staff are very friendly and do everything to make your stay welcome. The food is... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We got married at this hotel so it will remain quite special to us. The food - phenomenal! We had dinner and breakfast at this hotel and were ecstatic with each meal. The food is presented so nicely and I found it to be of great quality. I took photos of our meals, that's how impressed I was! We stayed... More

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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
31 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

We stayed here for 1 night on a tour of Scotland. The hotel was lovely, with a good atmosphere. The staff were all very friendly and attentive to all guests. The bar was full of whiskey!!! Any make was available or seemed to be anyway!! The food that was served up was unsurpassable. It was gorgeous, cooked to perfection. The... More

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Also Known As:
Dornoch Castle Hotel Scotland
Address: Castle Street, Dornoch IV25 3SD , Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Caithness and Sutherland > Dornoch
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 6 hotels in Dornoch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Dornoch Castle Hotel 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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