Scottish Highlands – wild beauty, rich cultural heritage and glowing Dornoch
The Scottish Highlands are renowned for their wild beauty, grandeur and a rich cultural heritage, nowhere more apparent than in Dornoch with its glowing medieval town centre of local golden sandstone. The Picts were here before the Viking invasions and then the pilgrims came to visit St Gilbert’s town and church. The cathedral, built on the site of St Gilbert’s original church is the smallest on mainland UK and one of the most charming.
In the wider area, the Highland Clearances brought sweeping change to communities and the countryside and left poignant reminders of people leaving the only homes they’d known, at places like Croick church where messages were scratched on the windows when shelter was sought by those on their way to other countries in search of a new life.
Castles are synonymous with the Highlands and this area has plenty: Dornoch Castle itself, now a hotel, Skibo Castle, once the home of Andrew Carnegie who in his day was the richest man in the world. Nearby is Dunrobin Castle, Scotland’s most northerly great house, home of Clan Sutherland and a fascinating day out for visitors.
For hills, glens, lochs and heather clad moors, the Dornoch area has them all situated as it is in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. It just has that little bit more, miles of golden beaches to add into the mix. So, for everything Highland, you’ll find it in Dornoch.
The Special Dornoch Tour at Clynelish Distillery
An introduction to whisky drinking or a treat for a connoisseur, this very special, thorough, private tour of Clynelish Distillery will be a most memorable part of your holiday.
Whisky tasting at Dornoch Castle
Dornoch Castle Hotel, Whisky Pub of the Year, is a magnet for those who want to taste rare, old and special whiskies.
Make more of your holiday and book a short break in Dornoch and take advantage of late availability at some of the accommodation providers.