Golf & Activities

The Dornoch Firth and surrounding areas must be a golfer’s heaven because some of the finest 18-hole courses in the country are all within a short driving distance from each other.

Championship Course ranked No.6 in the world and No.1 in Scotland by Golf Digest 2014
Struie Course ranked No.50 in the best links courses of UK & Ireland by Golf Digest 2011

Dornoch Castle is ideally situated for golfing enthusiasts and beginners alike, as the famous Royal Dornoch Championship Golf Course is only a stone’s throw away from the Castle. It is the third oldest golf course in the world after St Andrews and Leith, and is still one of the finest. It runs along the curve of the coast behind the sand hills, overlooking the great golden beaches around the bay. Ranked number 6 in the world, and only a 10 minute walk away.

Not to forget other spectacular links course on our doorstep, the local Dornoch Struie offers golfers a good alternative. Other local courses include the delightful Brora, Golspie, Fortrose, Tain, Nairn Championship and Nairn Dunbar.

The courses are extremely popular during April to September and booking would be advisable.
For Royal Dornoch bookings please telephone +44 (0) 1862 810219.

For non-golfers, there is a feast of interesting things to do within the local area:

  • There is a squash court in the village and a swimming pool within 20 minutes away at Brora.
  • Walking the hills or the long, golden beaches
  • High-quality retail therapy within the village
  • Pamper yourself with the local beauticians, masseuses and therapists
  • Exciting Dolphin and nature trips in the Cromarty and Moray Firths
  • Shooting, fishing, clay-pigeon shooting, quad biking and off road driving as well as nature trips with a local estate
  • Visit John O’Groats, Dunnet Head, Dunrobin Castle and Castle of Mey
  • Local distilleries (including Glenmorangie) and even a chocolate factory (Cocoa Mountain by Durness).

There is an endless variety of activities and if you have a little extra time, why not try to spot Nessie at her favourite spot by Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness while taking the boat trip!