This hotel occupies a prominent position Castle Street offering parking on the main road and in a small enclosed car park owned by the hotel.
There is no “front desk” to welcome new arrivals. Instead, reception is located within the bar area, which can be slightly confusing to new visitors. That said, the bar area is welcoming and in the winter provides a roaring fire as a focal point. All staff were very friendly and helpful.
A short tunnel allows guests to move easily between the rustic bar, which is part of the original castle, and the modern restaurant which has been added to the rear of the hotel. Food is good with an imaginative menu and reasonable selection of wine. Our room was to the rear of the hotel, above the restaurant, which could become a little noisy as the evening wore on. However, from this side of the building we were able to enjoy a most welcome sunset in early March. Our room was a generous size, neither too hot nor too cold and the plumbing worked. I would recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Dornoch.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Castle is located in the historic town of Dornoch across from the stunning 13th century Cathedral, boasting stunning views of the town. The central position of the hotel makes it ideal for exploring Dornoch, home to the world famous Royal Dornoch Golf Course, which overlooks the breath taking golden sand beach. Dornoch is also well situated for those looking to explore more of what the Highlands have to offer. The historic Castle is built on the site of the original Bishop’s Palace of St Gilbert, who founded the Cathedral in the early 13th century. The building eventually sold on and in 1947 became a hotel after some extensive work, which maintain much of the character of the Castle as a stately, historic and comfortable home. The Castle boasts a total of 22 en-suite bedrooms situated both within the original castle and the modern garden extension. There is a variety of room types available including; standard, superior, deluxe and our award winning Old Courtroom. Due to the castle’s layout each bedroom has its own special ambiance, great care has been taking in creating a distinctive character in each bedroom. The Castle's restaurant has retained an AA rosette standard, through the exceptional work from the chefs. The malt whisky selection is second to none and can be enjoyed in the cosy stone-lined whisky bar with the roaring fire to protect you from the Scottish winds, in the summer the walled garden is the perfect setting to relax during the long summer nights. Coming Summer 2016: The Dornoch Distillery will be opening soon on the grounds of the Dornoch Castle Hotel producing 'Old Style' Whisky and Hand Crafted Organic Gin from scratch. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dornoch Castle Hotel Scotland