Do join us for a dram at Dornoch Whisky Festival
28th – 30th October 2016

Do join us for a dram at this year’s Dornoch Whisky Festival and sample whiskies from all the northern distilleries in one place! We have such an exciting line up of events throughout the weekend, read on for more details about what is happening and how to get involved!

Below is some information about what is happening on each day but for the full program of events and to book, go to: www.dornochwhiskyfestival.com. Book your tickets now as most events have limited spaces.


Friday 28 October

We are joined by special guest Charles Maclean, internationally renowned whisky expert, who returns to Balblair Distillery where he starred in the film ‘The Angel’s Share’ to lead the opening event of a tasting prior to a showing of the film!

There are then three Gala dinners to choose from at Links House (in partnership with Balblair Distillery),  The Dalmore Masked Dinner at The Royal Golf Hotel or The Glenmorangie Gala dinner­ at Royal Dornoch Golf Club. Alternatively enjoy dinner and traditional music at the Dornoch Castle Whisky Bar and Castle Bistro as well as live music at the Dornoch inn and Eagle Hotel! Time to get those dancing shoes on!

Book online now: www.dornochwhiskyfestival.com


Saturday 29th October

The main event of this year’s Whisky Festival takes place today- The Gala Tasting in the Castle Hotel.

Featuring local distillers; Balblair, Clynelish, The Dalmore, Glenmorangie, Glen Ord, Old Pulteney, Wolfburn & The Dornoch Distillery as well as Gordon & McPhail, Loch Lomond, Glen Scotia, Inchmurrin, Annandale and Douglas Laing. For just £25 per person you will be able to sample a range of whiskies in the wonderful setting of the historic Dornoch Castle – currently whisky hotel of the year. This is also your chance to meet Charles Maclean.  The Gala Tasting runs from 12 midday until 4pm

But this is by no means the only event taking place today! There is also an Independent Bottling ­ Master Class at The Carnegie Whisky Cellars, Tours of Glenmorangie and Dalmore, a ‘Taste of the Highlands Master Class’ conducted by Charles Maclean, Dinner at Links house, a Ceilidh and BBQ at The Castle Hotel.


Sunday 30th October

The final day of the 2016 Dornoch Whisky Festival begins with the Whisky Festival Open Stableford Golf Competition. Taking place at the Royal Dornoch Golf Club with tee times available from 10:30am to 12 midday. There will be prizes for the best scores and each competitor will receive a Glenmorangie Miniature, and a Royal Dornoch bag tag and Course Planner.

There will also be tours of Glen Ord, Teaninich (not normally open to the public) Balblair and Clynelish distilleries. You could visit the Eagle Hotel for a Tasting of Local Malts, the Castle Hotel for an ‘Old and Rare ­Balblair Bottle Tasting’ or go on a Guided Archaeological tour of Ferintosh, the site of an 18th century distillery.

Food wise there will be a Whisky Themed 3 Course Sunday Lunch at Links house, a Sunday Carvery with Scottish theme at the One Up Restaurant at the Dornoch Inn and Dinner in the Castle Bistro.

All events have restricted numbers, so book now: www.dornochwhiskyfestival.com



Accommodation Packages for the Dornoch Whisky Festival

Links House (all prices for 2 people):
Main House: Double Room £235, Friday night including Gala Dinner £425, Friday & Saturday nights including Gala Dinner £610
Twin Room £280, Friday night including Gala Dinner £470, Friday & Saturday nights including Gala Dinner £680

Mews: Double Room £275, Friday night including Gala Dinner £465, Friday & Saturday nights including Gala Dinner £660, Twin Room £315, Friday night including Gala Dinner £505,
Friday & Saturday nights including Gala Dinner £720
For Bookings and Further Details:

Dornoch Castle Hotel (prices per person)
Friday Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Saturday ­Bed & Breakfast
Includes ticket for Saturday night Ceilidh
£160 per person- Standard Shared Room
Sunday Special (booked with above) Dinner, Bed & Breakfast £55 per person.
For Bookings and Further Details:
Call: +44 (0) 1862 810 216

Royal Golf Hotel
Two nights Bed & Breakfast £238 per couple
Two nights Bed & Breakfast £178 for single occupancy
For Bookings and Further Details:
Call: +44 (0) 1862 810 283
Email: info@rghd.co.uk

or follow the links to our listing of Bed & Breakfast or Self-Catering accommodation. A list of  those offering Late Availability is here

For more information on the Whisky Festival see the Facebook page or email lucy@visitdornoch.com


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