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Rejuvenate yourself in Dornoch this summer

Unfortunately at the moment, in the midst of these #StayAtHome months, none of us can know exactly what position we will be in in a few months time. Why not look way ahead to the summer when things will surely be looking up and plan your break in Dornoch. With the endless summer nights, cool evening walks along the beach and some of the best cuisine the Highlands has to offer, Dornoch is the perfect place to relax and unwind once the restrictions are lifted.

Daylight hours during the height of the summer are longer because of the Dornoch’s latitude, but the extended daylight hours don’t end in June! They are a real end of summer/early autumn treat with the evenings not closing in until October! So you can enjoy this extra light right through until the early Autumn months.

Whenever you are planning your break in Dornoch, you are sure to find just the right kind of accommodation for you. With something for everyone’s style and budget.

Stay a while in luxurious Links House, historical Dornoch Castle or any of the town’s welcoming and comfortable hotels, self catering or guest houses and Bed & Breakfasts. Dornoch is recognised as a Worldhost Destination, awarded for the quality of its customer care, so when you come to Dornoch, look out for the Worldhost logo and enjoy a really special welcome.

Golfers flock to the Royal Golf Hotel, a handsome building built of Dornoch’s golden, local sandstone overlooking the 1st tee of Royal Dornoch’s Championship course and with long vistas across the links and Dornoch Firth.

For a lively pub with rooms, The Eagle Hotel on Castle St is perfectly positioned in town and was awarded CAMRA’s Caithness and Sutherland pub of the year in 2020.

Book now and start planning your Highland break.

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Although we don’t know yet whether all of these events will be taking place, here is a reminder of what a ‘normal’ Dornoch summer would look like!

Dornoch Pipe Band

Every Saturday night during the summer you can watch the Pipe Band Parades (followed by highland dancing display) in the Square at 8pm.

Dornoch Gallery

The annual Dornoch Gallery Summer Exhibition runs in June in the Social Club.

Community Markets

The ever popular Community Marketstake place on the Cathedral green throughout the summer months. Browse up to 30 stalls with homegrown produce, plants, arts & crafts, baking, artisan bread, specialist chocolates, cheese, handmade cosmetics,  jewellery, gifts & clothing.

Sutherland County Show

The Show is a spectacle with a whole range of attractions and entertainments for the whole family. The heart of the Show is the Livestock Section which showcases the excellent cattle, sheep, goats, horses and ponies from across the Highlands. A Food Fair, Fun Fair, dog show, vintage vehicle exhibition, terrier racing, pipe band, children’s races, horses and ponies, flower show and spectacular main ring events combine to make a memorable day which is rounded off with the marquee dance.

Dornoch Highland Gathering

This is a day that locals look forward to all year, where everyone can have fun. Visitors are very welcome to 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. With fairground attractions, stalls and refreshments, children’s races and mini Highland games, this is a day out for all the family.

Dornoch Festival Week

Dornoch Festival Week has a packed programme of family activities often including sandcastle competition, children’s fancy dress, children’s sports, family quiz night, car treasure hunt, ceilidh tea dance, pipe band parade, bingo, 5 -a -side football, golf competitions, films, and a teddy bear’s picnic!

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