The Dornoch Walks


Join us in beautiful Dornoch on Sutherland’s east coast on Saturday 26th September for The Dornoch Walks. It will be an opportunity to have a good day out in lovely Dornoch and the surrounding area which is set in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

With three routes to choose from, there is something for everyone!

Take part

To take part, you need to register and pay on-line (£10 per person). No registrations are available on the day. Children 12 and under are free, but restricted to the 5 mile route and must be accompanied by an adult.

Support a Charity

You can walk just for fun or choose to raise funds for your preferred charity. We have three charity partners: Highland Hospice, Blythswood Care and Dornoch and District Community Association (DADCA). You’ll find links to their websites when you register. You can walk for any other charity if you prefer. Please make your arrangements directly.

Check in

The Walk will begin and end at Dornoch Academy which is the first building inside the town’s western boundary. There is ample parking.  There will be a registration area inside the school building where you check in before starting your walk. You must also check in there on your return to confirm you have completed the course. You must complete the course by 4pm.

15 Mile Route

The walk is on pavements, wide forest paths, single track road, footpaths and some single carriageway without pavements. Minimum age 16. You must check-in between 9:30 and 10 am.

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10 Mile Route

The walk is on pavements, wide forest paths, single track road, footpaths and some single carriageway without pavements. Minimum age 13. You must check-in between 10:00 and 10:30 am.

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5 Mile Route – open to all

Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. The walk is on pavements, wide forest paths and single track road, all of which is suitable for prams and wheelchairs.

You must check-in between 10:30 and 11 am.

The route is an easy walk through the town, through woodland and overlooking Dornoch’s glorious beach. Dogs on leads are welcome but dog owners must clear up after their dogs. The 5 mile route is buggy or wheelchair friendly.

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Refreshments will be available all day at the school so you can have a snack before starting or when you get back. The Dornoch Social Club is the five mile mark on the longer routes. Toilets and refreshments will be available there and in the coffee shops around town. There are three water stops, one on 5 mile, 2 on the 10 mile and 3 on the 15 mile routes. However, especially on 10 and 15 mile routes, it is important to take snacks and water with you.

At the end

On your return to the school you must check in. You will receive a certificate of achievement. You must be back at the school by 4.00pm.


Please pay careful attention to all safety advice during the day and follow the instructions of the Walk marshals. Please note you take part at your own risk and your charity or Dornoch Area Community Interest Company will not be liable for any claims.

Being prepared

Please pay attention to the weather forecast for the day and bring suitable clothing.

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