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A 500-year-old converted Scottish castle, this hotel is in the center of Durnoch, across from a 13th-century cathedral. It has period features throughout the property, as well as fine dining and quiet walled gardens. Bright rooms all have a TV, tea/coffee and a private bathroom, while some also include a sitting area and a four-post bed. Many rooms have views of the hotel’s walled garden, Dornoch Firth or Dornoch Cathedral. The award-winning Garden Restaurant has original 15th-century stone walls and hardwood floors. It offers traditional Scottish dishes using local produce including local seafood, Aberdeen Angus beef and Highland venison. Dornoch Castle Hotel is a 15 minute walk from the seashore and a 10 minute walk away is Royal Dornoch Golf Club. Pubs and restaurants are just a few minutes’ walk.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.4 for a two-person trip.

Dornoch Castle Hotel has been welcoming guests since Oct 6, 2009

Property Highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.4)

Breakfast Info


Free parking available at the hotel

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Room Type
2 twin beds
1 full bed
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Guest reviews


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Free WiFi
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  • Catherine
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Great location! Historical Hotel and beautiful grounds, especially in the back property. Near the 3rd oldest Golf course in the world! Food was great and staff were friendly! Would recommend with no hesitations!
  • Ye
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    The room was very clean and nice! The facilities had charm and we liked exploring the castle during our stay. The young bartender there knows a lot about whiskey and he was very kind and informative when we went to grab drinks at the bar. The...
  • Mohamed
    United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates
    Location was good The bar vibes are nice The overall historic vibes of the hotel and great The food is ok
  • John
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Such a unique and pleasurable experience along with a fantastic dining experience!
  • Louise
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    What a beautiful place. We’ve stayed before but this time it was more special as we had longer to spend here. The hotel room was superb! (Nairn). The bar and restaurant are just perfect!
  • Matthias
    Wonderful stay in overall - the staff was exceptional, the room very comfy and with lots of charm, the food good, the bar absolutely stunning, and the town around was just charming. A great stay in the Highlands, from which you have lots of great...
  • Joey
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Little gem of a hotel; nothing especially fancy about the room, but very comfortable and the shower was the best we've had in a month. The pub/bar downstairs is loaded with atmosphere with a big roaring fire and lots of whiskey choices. Staff very...
  • N
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Friendliness of staff and willingness to make everything perfect
  • Rachel
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    A beautiful hotel right in the center of the small town of Dornoch. We were a bit disappointed we weren't in one of the nicer rooms, but were content to be on the main floor. The food at the restaurant was absolutely exceptional and the hotel...
  • Daniel
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Location convenient; breakfast tasty, beds comfortable; staff helpful

Property questions and answers
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  • Do you have an 'Acessible' room with a walk-in shower rather than over the bath? And do you have a lift?

    There are standard rooms on the ground floor with disable accessible showers which is a bigger walk-in shower. Unfortunately we do not have a lift in ..
    Answered on 26 October 2021
  • Hi my name is Tina Pitre. I have been trying to get ahold of you but to no avail. I have a booking for this July 25th. I need to cancel due to covid

    Good afternoon Tina, Please let us know when your booking is for and i shall look into this for you Kind Regards Laura
    Answered on 19 July 2021
  • Do you have an electric charge point for a car or is there one nearby

    Good Afternoon, Yes we have a charging point in our car park of the hotel. Kind Regards Bea
    Answered on 16 January 2023
  • Aloha my dates are flexible. What is the best way to find available dates for June 2022?

    Good afternoon, Please feel free to call us on 01862810216 and we can go over our availability with you
    Answered on 22 October 2021
  • Is the room in the castle?

    A selection of superior rooms are in the modern extension with all of the standard rooms. Most of the superior rooms are located in the castle
    Answered on 8 March 2020
  • Is there a transfer service from airport to hotel

    Unfortunately we do not offer a transfer service but we are happy to provide you contact numbers for local taxi companies
    Answered on 22 June 2020
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Amenities of Dornoch Castle Hotel
Great facilities! Review score, 8.2

Most popular amenities
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Family rooms
  • Tea/Coffee Maker in All Rooms
  • Bar
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Private Bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathtub
  • Shower
  • Linens
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Electric kettle
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Live music/Performance
  • Horseback riding
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Golf course (within 2 miles)
Living Area
  • Sitting area
Media & Technology
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Radio
  • Telephone
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Wine/Champagne
    Additional charge
  • Kids' meals
  • Special diet meals (on request)
  • Bar
  • Tea/Coffee maker
WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.
Free public parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Street parking
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Baggage storage
  • Fax/Photocopying
  • Packed lunches
  • Ironing service
  • Laundry
  • Wake-up service/Alarm clock
Entertainment & Family Services
  • Board games/Puzzles
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV outside property
  • Smoke alarms
  • Security alarm
  • Key access
  • Smoke-free property
  • Heating
  • Carpeted
  • Family rooms
  • Ironing facilities
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Iron
  • Toilet with grab rails
Languages Spoken
  • English

Sustainability initiatives

This property has taken steps to provide more sustainable and eco-friendly travel

House rules

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From 2:30 PM to 9:00 PM


From 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.


The entrance to the property is closed between 12:00 AM and 6:30 AM

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children of all ages are welcome.

Children 17 and above are considered adults at this property.

To see correct prices and occupancy info, add the number and ages of children in your group to your search.

Crib and extra bed policies

0 - 2 years
Extra bed upon request
£10 per child, per night
Crib upon request
3 - 12 years
Extra bed upon request
£10 per child, per night

Prices for cribs and extra beds aren't included in the total price. They'll have to be paid for separately during your stay.

The number of extra beds and cribs allowed depends on the option you choose. Check your selected option for more info.

All cribs and extra beds are subject to availability.

No age restriction

There's no age requirement for check-in


Pets are not allowed.

Maestro Mastercard Visa Cash Dornoch Castle Hotel accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

The fine print

Check-In Information:
If you are due to arrive outside of the hotel’s published check-in times, please contact reception in advance, in order to inform them of your estimated time of arrival. You can contact the front desk by telephone or via email, using the contact details supplied on your confirmation email.

If you would like to dine please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

FAQs about Dornoch Castle Hotel

  • Guests staying at Dornoch Castle Hotel can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 8.5).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Continental

  • Room options at Dornoch Castle Hotel include:

    • Twin/Double

  • The nearest beach is 0.6 miles from Dornoch Castle Hotel. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Dornoch Castle Hotel is 350 feet from the center of Dornoch. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Dornoch Castle Hotel offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Hiking
    • Fishing
    • Golf course (within 2 miles)
    • Horseback riding
    • Live music/Performance

  • Check-in at Dornoch Castle Hotel is from 2:30 PM, and check-out is until 10:30 AM.

  • The prices at Dornoch Castle Hotel may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.