Free cancellations in the event of further lockdown or travel restrictions.

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VAT reduction to 5%; In the aftermath of COVID19, We have reduced our room rates to stimulate bookings by an average 34%. After months of closure and expected increased operational costs to comply with COVID protocol we cannot reduce further. I am sure you will understand this position.

Current Closure

Due to the Scottish Government’s lack of clarity on Tuesday 23rd February we cannot accept new bookings for dates before 17th MAY 2021.

If you hold an outstanding ITISON winter / spring 2020/21 break voucher that is due to expire, we have extended the valid period to include the following dates;

10th October to 10th December;
27th to 30th December;
2nd to 6th January 2022
1st to 28th February 2022
In the event of further lockdowns we will of course, extend further.

The office is open on very limited hours, 10am to 2pm, Monday to Friday. Outwith those hours, please leave a message or —–Please send an email to make your changes and we will respond quickly.

It is hoped, though not certain, that the Garden will be open for food and drinks at some point in April and we will update as soon as we know more.

This is extremely frustrating for you, for us and our fantastic team, but we really look forward to welcoming you back soon and thank you for your patience.

Welcome to Dornoch Castle Hotel


Dornoch Castle Hotel is set in the beautiful, historic town of Dornoch and situated directly opposite the inspiring 12th century Dornoch Cathedral, making it one of the most perfect wedding venues in Scotland and a great choice for anyone looking for a luxury hotel break in the Scottish Highlands.


When you want that special candle-lit dinner our Garden Restaurant,
overlooking the formal walled gardens, is the perfect place to be.

For that special private dining experience the Vault at Dornoch is perfect. A specially designed menu, with wine and whisky pairing in a truly intimate setting.

Due to the current social distancing rules we are unable to take bookings for Vault. We will let you know when this situation changes, and we look forward to welcoming you again to this special dining experience.


Experience History and Luxury
in our Scottish Castle Rooms & Cottages

Luxury self catering holiday cottages located on the Black Isle just a short drive from Dornoch and a great base for exploring the Scottish Highlands.


Dornoch Distillery by the Thompson Brothers.
A traditional, organic microdistillery within the Old Fire Station

Dornoch Distillery

Scotland is famous for it’s ‘uisge beatha’ the water of life, and the Highlands is home to some of the best distilleries, which offer a fantastic experience to have a tour around these world-renowned distilleries and see how their favourite dram is made.

The Dornoch Castle Hotel’s very own Dornoch Distillery Company, created by owners Simon & Phil Thompson, has been operational since August 2016 and producing the Thompson Brothers Organic Gin whilst patiently waiting for their Old Style Whisky to mature. Dornoch Castle Hotel is one of a very limited number of U.K. hotels with a distillery on-site, a truly unique Highland escape!

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North Coast 500


Scotland’s very own ‘Route 66’ has been developed with the aim to showcase the stunning coast of the Scottish Highlands. The route consists of just over 500 miles beginning in Inverness and loping round the coast. Instead on the long, flat drive of Route 66 you are swept along the windy and steep single track roads of rural Scotland, bringing you passed many a Castle and beach to entice you. With plenty of enchanting towns and villages along the way and just off the track there is something to suit all on this route.

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