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Mini guide to Dornoch


Dornoch is a fairly remote town in the far northeast of Scotland which is surrounded by the National Scenic Area of the Dornoch Firth in the Scottish Highlands. Visitors mainly come to Dornoch for the peace and quiet, and there are several notable buildings here as well as the Royal Dornoch Golf Course.

The main landmark in Dornoch is the fine 13th century cathedral where Madonna and Guy Ritchie were married, while a 16th century bishop's palace, now a hotel, and the old town jail and courthouse are also outstanding. Another highlight in Dornoch is the disused one hundred-year-old Dornoch Light Railway line that is now used as a walking trail.

Dornoch town centre is actually a conservation area with a collection of sandstone cottages and looks more akin to a scene in the Cotswold's rather than a Scottish Highland town. Curious winding streets offer quiet exploration and the town square is delightful. Now a private country club, Andrew Carnegie used to inhabit the Skibo Castle in Dornoch and he established the town's excellent library.

There is some quality accommodation in Dornoch and a wide range of shops to browse, as well as two excellent golf courses including the famed Royal Dornoch Golf Course. Dornoch also has a superb sandy beach perfect for balmy summer days and there is some great walking in the town and surrounding areas.

Those who are into walking and so inclined can do the town Heritage Walk which covers all the attractions in the town, while the walk to Loch Fleet, to the north of Dornoch, offers further adventure. Farther afield is the market town of Inverness, with its excellent shopping and ancient castle, while eerie Loch Ness is also within reach.

Dornoch is an hour's drive from Inverness along the main A9 highway and buses and trains run from Glasgow, Edinburgh and London to Inverness, from where local buses connect to Dornoch every hour. Inverness Airport is the closest to Dornoch, from where you can take a train to Tain and then a bus or taxi into the town.

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