Plan your Summer Holiday in Dornoch and enjoy a short break in Scotland

There is so much happening during the summer in and around Dornoch. Take a look below for details of some of the Highlights of the Dornoch summer calendar. It’s time to plan your short break in Scotland!

Sutherland Show– Saturday 21st July 2018

Sutherland Show is a great day out for all the family with plenty to see and do including the trade stands, main ring of entertainment, sheep, cattle, horses and ponies, poultry, dog show, flower and vegetables and food and crafts.

Well behaved dogs are welcome on leads. Download the show catalogue for the full programme.


Festival Week– Monday 6th – Saturday 11th August

Dornoch Festival week takes place every year in the week after the Highland Gathering (this year Friday 3 August-

This year you can expect to see all of the usual fun and games including: Sandcastle Competition, Pram Race, Pet Show, Duck Race, Fancy Dress Football, Teddy bear’s picnic, Kid’s treasure hunt, Arts and Crafts, Pipe Band, Baking competition, Family quiz night, Car treasure hunt and loads more besides! A full programme will be available nearer the time both online and in the shops and Visitor Centre.

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Dornoch Highland Gathering– Friday 3rd August 2018 at the Meadows Park, Dornoch.

The Dornoch Higland Gathering has been held every year since 1887, bar the war years and one unfortunate rainy day. It is a day that locals look forward to all year, where everyone can have fun. Visitors are very welcome.

Come and enjoy the competitions for piping, Highland dancing, tossing the caber, putting the ball and throwing the hammer. Watch, or take part in, the track & field events of running, cycling, long jump and high jump. See the different techniques used to  “Tilt the Bucket”!

With fairground attractions, stalls and refreshments, children’s races and mini Highland games, this is a day out for all the family. In the evening the Games Night Dance is held in the Marquee at Meadows Park (licensed bar).

Grannie’s Heilan’ Hame

Grannie’s Heilan’ Hame in Embo is open daily during the summer from 9am. There is a Soft Play Area, Swimming Pool, Children’s Entertainment, Amusement Arcade, Bingo & Evening entertainment. Facilities open to all Dornoch visitors. Entry: Day ticket £15 per for a family of four. For more information: 01862 810383

Dornoch Beach

Dornoch’s safe, Blue Flag beach, is ideal for families with its gentle shallows, sheltering dunes and miles of golden sands. Perfect for paddling and swimming on warm summer days, exploring rockpools and taking a gentle stroll or carrying on north to Embo.

To book accommodation, see our wide range of quality hotels, B&Bs and Self Catering:

We hope to see you in Dornoch soon!