Our Autumn Events at Dornoch Castle Hotel

As the summer season begins to wind down, it has been an incredible season here at Dornoch Castle Hotel with record breaking occupancy and whisky sales. However, with the Thompson Brothers launching their ‘Japanese Edition’ Gin and a range of food and drink related events coming up over the next few months, it promises to be a busy period leading up to the Christmas break. Here’s a look at what’s coming up…

October Accommodation Offer



Standard Room – £165* | Superior Room – £195*
(*Based on 2 adults sharing) (**Per guest)

For any more information or to book your room please contact the hotel directly: 01862810216, or email enquiries@dornochcastlehotel.com.

Dornoch Whisky Festival – 27-29 October

Come and join us for 3 days of whisky themed activities and events.
Full details can be found on www.dornochwhiskyfestival.com

Friday 27th – Our festival kicks off with a whisky themed and locally sourced 4 course menu. This will be a relaxed affair and a chance to sample some fantastic food in the company of the owners and management team in our Garden Restaurant. The chefs at Dornoch Castle work extremely hard to maintain the highest standards, and have maintained AA status for 6 years running. There will also be live, traditional music in our world renowned whisky bar stocked with many rare and unique single malts. Residents will have this meal included in their rate and for non-residents the evening will cost
£50 per person. Limited Availability

Saturday 28th – A full programme for the Saturday sees us host a Grand Tasting Event in the Castle Gardens. There will be independent companies and bottlers presenting their products and offering samples. We will also have our own stall from Dornoch Distillery featuring the latest experimental batches and the Carnegie Whisky Cellars, Dornoch’s own independent whisky retailer. Our VIP for the day, Stephen Rankin of Gordon & Macphail will be on hand to offer his enormous knowledge of whisky. For the food lovers, there will be several street food stalls for you to explore as well as local cheese, savouries, chocolates and cakes. The times for the day will be 12-4 followed by 6-9. In the evening, there will again be live traditional music in our bar. Residents will receive food vouchers for the day whereas tickets for non-residents will be £25 for the full day which will include a voucher to be exchanged for drams and a Glencairn tasting glass. ***Tickets Still Available***

Sunday 29th – Join the Thompson Brothers for a boozy brunch, kicking off with a gin cocktail and continuing with a delicious brunch served in the Garden Restaurant. Afterwards, you will be given an exclusive tour of the distillery and given a sample of their new make spirit. ***£30 Sold Out***

As the festival begins to wind down, join us in the Garden Restaurant for a relaxed Sunday evening meal. Head chef Brian has devised another menu themed on locally sourced and fresh ingredients. Residents will have dinner included and we encourage booking your table in advance.
At 7PM the Thompson brothers will be hosting a ‘Old & Rare Bottle’ tasting in the hotel whisky bar. Spend a relaxed evening as they guide you in sampling old, rare and vintage whiskies. ***£60 Sold Out***

Luxury 2 Night Break With Prosecco

Starting November 1st and running until April 30th




Superior/Deluxe £189/£229 (£35 per night inclusive DBB)

For any more information or to book your break please contact the hotel directly: 01862810216, or email enquiries@dornochcastlehotel.com.

Dornoch Dinner

Saturday 18th November – Our ‘Dornoch Dinner’, featuring local suppliers to create a gourmet dinner promises to be a night to remember. Our AA standards chefs have created a menu highlighting all that is good about the area and featuring local beef, deli and vegetable suppliers. After the main course, sample the moreish chocolate from Coco-Mountain. Our very own gin from Dornoch Distillery will also be available to order and will be served by our knowledgeable bar team, as well as our choice of wines and extensive whisky selection.

£45 per person exc drinks

Cocktail & Canapés Night

Saturday 25th November – A cocktail & canapés night featuring some weird and wonderful gin cocktails tailor made for you by our bar staff, with seasonal canapés by our head chef Brian. This promises to be a relaxed evening held in our famous whisky bar with roaring fire, and allows you to wind down and enjoy the last Saturday of November!

£25 per person

Host A Roast

Saturday 9th December – Be part of the first ever ‘Host A Roast’ event here at Dornoch Castle, giving you the perfect chance to host a dinner party without having to do any of the cooking! At tables of either to 4-6 or 7-10 we will bring your choice of meat to the table for you to carve along with a selection of accompaniments. Served in our Garden Restaurant with low level candle-lit lighting, this promises to feel like a proper castle banquet. For residents, this will be included in your package.

£35 per person

Distillery Brunch

Saturday 23rd December – As we begin to wind down before taking a few days break, join us for a distillery brunch, hosted by Simon & Phillip Thompson. The day begins with a seasonal cocktail, before you tuck into a delicious brunch in the Garden Restaurant. Afterwards, there will be a chance to partake in a tour of the distillery and sample the latest spirit.

£25 per personLimited Availability

For any more information or to book tickets for any of the events please contact the hotel directly: 01862810216, or email enquiries@dornochcastlehotel.com.