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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 yesterday
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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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Thunder Bay, Canada
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63 reviews 63 reviews
6 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Good lunchtime menu with enclosed outdoor courtyard or small/intimate bar/restaurant with friendly waitresses. Close to Tain and Golspie, both small towns with character. 12 miles from Dunrobin Castle

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Just spent a week at the hotel and had a fantastic time. The room we had overlooked the garden and we had a view of the firth.The bar was atmospheric and everyone was most friendly. The food was excellent. All the staff were extremely helpful but the lady on breakfast was great .When I had kipper for breakfast she suggested... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I stay in Dornoch twice a year I normally stay with bay hotels dornoch hotel but thought I'd try the castle I love Dornoch but I was shocked with the older waitress in this hotel. Very annoyed if you asked for extra items at breakfast. The hotel is nice but needs decorating and bathroom referb.

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Inverness Scotland
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89 reviews 89 reviews
33 hotel reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the third time we have stayed here since 2008. I think that now is the time to refresh parts of the hotel as it is beginning to look tired. The reception area is not really practical being in the Bar. We had a Superior Double Room no7 which is on the 1st floor of the Castle. The room... More

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60 reviews 60 reviews
15 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The room we had was in the main old building, narrow corridors and low ceilings lots of character! Actually just old and worn. The room itself, the carpet could have done with being vacuumed. The bathroom very dated and very small. The bed was so uncomfortable I think I managed two hours sleep. Hard and uncomfortable. Breakfast the lady that... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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77 hotel reviews
177 helpful votes 177 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our 4th stay at the Dornoch castle hotel. My husband adores this place and whenever we are in the very north of Scotland he makes a huge detour so he can stay here. We have stayed in an ordinary room, the cathedral room, the old courthouse room in the tower and this time the top tower suite. It... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really enjoyed lunch at this hotel, very good restaurant and a great whisky bar. The service was very good, as was the menu. The prices were reasonable. We went on a sunday and the restaurant soon filled so a reservation may be wise

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Orpington, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As travellers we were looking for unusual places to stop by for lunch. The Dornoch Castle restaurant was a perfect solution. A quaint village and where better to enjoy a good meal than a beautifully renovated castle. The ambience was superb and the waitress was an amazing lady with a whacky sense of humour. The place was kids friendly and... More

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Marlow, United Kingdom
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42 hotel reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Prob a 3.5 rating. In all honesty, we had tried to get into the hotel by the golf club (The Royal) but they couldn't accommodate us. The Castle worked out well; it's right in the centre of town and handy for everything. They have a good bar with great whiskies and proper ale. The room was standard but fine. Two... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My family and I recently spent two nights at the castle hotel in dornoch, scotland. I found the hotel online. I was intrigued by the concept of a renovated castle. I required a family room because there are three in my family. From the outside it looks like the website. The staff were very friendly. Our room was not in... 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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