~ Welcome to Dornoch Castle Hotel ~

Your No. 1 Choice for a Luxury Scottish 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.

Dornoch Castle Hotel has a total of 22 en suite bedrooms situated within the oldest part of the castle and the modern extension. There are several room types including Garden Standard, Deluxe, Superior, and our award-winning Old Courtroom.

Due to the layout of this historic castle, every room has its own special theme and ambience, each bringing out a piece of history.

Situated on the quaint Market Square in Dornoch, this traditional Castle and Tower offers the very best in Scottish hospitality.

Family owned and run, Dornoch Castle Hotel has been carefully refurbished to maintain the character of the Castle, at the same time, making it a historic and comfortable residence.

The castle is also ideally situated for golf enthusiasts as the famous Royal Dornoch Championship Golf Course is only a stone’s throw away from the Castle.

Only an hour north of Inverness, Dornoch Castle guests can enjoy a panoramic trip north through the Scottish Highlands before settling in to enjoy a gourmet dining experience.

~ 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, will be in operation by August 2016 and producing an Organic Gin whilst patiently waiting for their Old Style Whisky to mature.



Your No. 1 Choice for a Luxury Scottish Castle Hotel


Dornoch Castle Hotel now offers a Winter weekend spa break in partnership with our new neighbours Aspen Spa at Carnegie Courthouse. We are offer a luxurious weekend stay including a 30min Spa Treatment and much more!


Dornoch Castle has an excellent reputation with locals and visitors alike and is now recognised as one of the premier dining venues of the north and has retained Rosette status for the past 6 years. Sample Menu Below.


  • Soup Of The Day 
  • Seafood Chowder 
  • Gin Cured Salmon
  • Chicken Liver Parfait
  • Spiced Venison Carpaccio 
  • Buffalo Mozzarella & Spinach Salad 
  • Pecorino Cheese & Shaved Pear Salad

Main Courses

  • Goats Cheese Fritters 
  • Beef Chuck & Pancetta Burger 
  • Breast of Chicken 
  • Freshly Crumbed Golspie Haddock 
  • Chargrilled Venison Loin
  • Chargrilled Fillet/Sirloin Steak
  • Scottish Mussel small 
  • Steamed Scottish Langoustines


  • Warm Sticky Toffee Pudding 
  • Chocolate Fondant 
  • Vanilla Pannacotta 
  • Summer Berry Pavlova
  • Selection of Scottish Cheeses



Summer DB&B Offer

Looking for somewhere special to go this summer? The Dornoch Castle Hotel has an amazing accommodation offer available for the summer - available late June and July. Superior double or twin room - £235.00 DBB Standard Double or twin room…

Distilleries and Breweries on the North Coast 500

The North Coast 500 is fast becoming one of the most famous coastal routes, with stunning scenery and enchanting towns along the way you can see why.

Walkers Dream

For those of you keen walkers visiting Dornoch, Walk Highlands has a great selection of walks for all skill levels.

~ A word from our guests ~

“Just home for a lovely meal at the castle. Had the steak which was melt in the mouth. Chips & veg were piping hot and delicious. Staff very friendly and attentive – one waitress in particular very friendly and nothing was a hassle. Would recommend and visit again if I return to Dornoch”

Claire R

“My husband wanted a truly Scottish place to stay when he planned our stop in Dornoch (for his golfing pleasure). This castle did not disappoint. Our room was deliciously old-fashioned with a big fireplace (fitted with a working wood stove, wood provided), 4-poster bed with warm, comfy bedding, big windows that open to a view of the town, and a desk area. The amenities were lovely, like complimentary sherry on the desk, champagne on ice in front of the fireplace, and big fluffy robes and towels.”


Really enjoyed our stay at the Dornoch Castle Hotel. This original castle in the heart of the city is all charm. The rooms are all VERY different as they are built in the original castle, we stayed in room 2 (Royal Dornoch) and it was great, 4 post bed, great bathroom, plenty of space!

Ryan A