Dornoch Winter Wonderland Whiskey & Wellbeing

The small historic town of Dornoch lies on the edge of Dornoch Firth. It’s a tranquil setting surrounded by stunning scenery and warm environment.

All in all the Scottish Highlands is renowned for its natural beauty, rich cultural heritage and splendour. And Dornoch is a wonderful example. Why not take your time, relax and enjoy all that’s on offer in this splendid Scottish region?

Explore the beaches, stunning scenery, and see the wildlife at its best. Not to mention all the great activities like sports, golfing, fabulous walks and of course, all the enthralling history. Dornoch has it all!

Of course, you’ll need somewhere to stay during your visit. At Dunalastair Hotel Suites, we provide a 5-star service to our guests. Our hotel is situated in a stunning location 121 miles from Dornoch in the beautiful village of Kinloch Rannoch. Why not plan a great day out while staying in five-star luxury at our  Dunalastair Hotel Suites? 

Dornoch provides the ultimate in wellbeing


A day trip to Dornoch provides the ultimate rest and recharge experience. Life is slower here and there’s so much to discover and then explore. You’ll enjoy superb  Highland winter vibes in  stunning locations!

Beaches stretch for miles and huge, open skies provide the perfect getaway location. But Dornoch has so much more to offer the weary traveller and we’ve covered just a few of them below. Moreover, there’s something to suit everyone’s needs and budget!

What to do in Dornoch

If you love the great outdoors, Dornoch makes for a superb destination. Check out all the activities you’ll enjoy below:

  • Golfing
  • Cycling
  • Hiking/walking
  • Horse riding

Those are just some of the activities to enjoy in Dornoch, but there are plenty more! For instance, why not organise something extra special such as the  Experience More Collection?  Discover, explore and enjoy Wild Scotland by canoe. Or why not book a Luxury Chauffeur Tour or pamper yourself with the ultimate Spa Experience?

Visit Dornoch this winter  and experience the ultimate Highland staycation.

Golfing and sporting activities in Dornoch

Golfing Scotland


Golfing in Scotland  is an extraordinary experience not to be missed for those with a passion for the sport. The links in the Scottish Highlands include Royal Dornoch.

Plus, when staying at our 5-star luxury Hotel in Kinloch Rannoch, you can play at our neighbouring golf courses. All of them are close by and all provide their unique challenges! Plus, all players are welcome at our friendly golf courses.

Walking experiences in Dornoch

A holiday in the Scottish Highlands would never be complete without enjoying great walks and hikes in stunning scenery. From woodland walks, hill trails, or a relaxing stroll along one of our stunning beaches, each will leave you with lasting treasured memories.

Cycling in and around Dornoch

This region of Sutherland lends itself to  cycling  enthusiasts. The roads are quiet, gradients are gentle and landscapes are stunning. Cycling routes start at the Visitor Centre which is located in The Carnegie Courthouse, in Dornoch. It’s where you’ll find all the information and local knowledge needed to make your cycling experience memorable. 

Horse riding in Dornoch

Horse Riding Scotland


For those who enjoy horse riding, there’s no better way to experience the splendid Highland scenery. Take a relaxing ride along trails through ancient pine forests or meander up the majestic Glen. Gallop along the stretches of sandy beaches that go on for miles!

There’s so much to experience in Dornoch

Create special memories when visiting Dornoch. Each experience can be tailored just for you!  Wonderland whiskey and wellbeing  awaits! 

Eating and drinking experiences in Dornoch

Eat & Drink Scotland


Dornoch is renowned for its traditional Scottish baking. It’s considered the best in the world! Then there’s the savoury pub food, a great choice of takeaways, and of course the fine dining experience.

There’s something to suit everyone’s tastes and Dornoch cooks and chefs are experts at creating menus using locally sourced ingredients!

Restaurants & Cafés

The Scottish Highlands boasts some of the best local produce that cooks and chefs include in the dishes they prepare. Apart from the  traditional Scottish baking  experience, Dornoch also boasts some of the best distilleries where fine single malts are crafted!

Pubs and takeaways

There’s nothing more warming than freshly prepared hearty pub food set in a comfortable, inviting setting. Then, there’s the choice of tasty  takeaways, ideal if you stay in self-catering accommodation. You’ll find a great choice when visiting Dornoch. 

Dornoch, a whisky enthusiasts dream

Dornoch whisky


Dornoch’s distilleries are renowned the world over for their single malts. You’ll be spoilt for choice when visiting Dornoch. Why not organise a trip on the ‘Whisky Trail’ and sample the many single malts on offer? Dornoch boast some great whisky venues too!

Dornoch Castle Whisky Bar

Dornoch Castle Whisky Bar wins awards for the selection of vintage malts on offer. Then there’s the rare bottling and marvellous selection to suit all palates. Simon and Phil Thompson regularly host Whisky Tasting not to be missed extravaganzas!

You’ll find more information by visiting: 

Tel: 01862 810216

Dornoch Distillery

Why not visit the Thompson brothers’ new venture, Dornoch Distillery? Simon and Phil put their vast experience and knowledge into their distillery which is located on the Dornoch Castle Hotel grounds.

You’ll find more information by visiting: 

Tel: 01862 810 216

Dornoch Whisky Festival

The Whisky Festival takes place in October each year. You’ll experience Distillery Tours, tastings and then there are the superb menus to savour too. Check out the website for more information on the next festival.

You’ll find more information by visiting:

Carnegie Whisky Cellars

Located in the Carnegie Courthouse in the former Royal Burgh of Dornoch, Carnegie Whisky Cellars stocks a unique range of malt whiskies. But there’s also the wonderful Blended Whiskies, Liqueurs, Independent Bottlings, and many more spirits on offer!

You’ll find more information by visiting:


Located in the delightful coastal town of Brora, Cynelish Distillery is just thirty minutes north of Dornoch. From the Distillery, you’ll enjoy stunning views of the North Sea and Northern hills. The Clynemilton burn (stream) is renowned for its gold seams found in the region.

Why not organise an outing and savour the fruity, waxy, slightly smoky single malt produced in traditional copper stills?

Address: Clynelish Distillery, Brora, Sutherland. KW9 6LR

Phone: 01408 623000

 Time from Dornoch: 30 minutes

A Little Accommodation Advice

Dunalastair Hotel Suites

Why not book your staycation at our 5-star luxury hotel in Scotland this autumn? Create a memorable island hopping experience in the comfort and luxury of Dunalastair Hotel Suites. It makes for a super base in a stunning location!

Call us today and book your  holiday stay at our luxury hotel  near Pitlochry. Or, if you prefer, you can call Dunalastair Hotel Suites at  +44(0)1882 580444  to book a vacation in the Highlands and find out more about our Scotland weekend break deals!

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