Valentine’s Day in Dornoch

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, we have pulled together some local events for you to get involved in, as well as some fantastic Valentine’s menus and suggested places to find that special present that truly says “I Love You”: a range of beautiful gifts from Simply the Best, Barn Owl Bothy or The Shop Around the Corner, jewellery from Jail Dornoch, candles from Coast Candle Co., chocolates from Cocoa Mountain or their favourite tipple from the Carnegie Whisky Cellars.


Head to Dornoch to look for the ideal Valentine’s gift and browse our wonderful range of independent shops to find that special present.

Barn Owl Bothy
For handmade cards and a range of beautifully crafted gifts from local artists and craftspeople, head to Barn Owl Bothy- Bring a little piece of Scotland into your home with a variety of hand crafted and bespoke gifts.

Coast Candles 
Try Coast Candle’s newest fragrance, Love.  “Love is like the ocean – vast, deep and with many moods. Love is a friendship that catches fire. Love is the eternal flame for the lost. Love is the greatest memory of all: the fragrance of Rose with Violet, enchanted by Tobacco Leaf with hints of Vanilla and Toffee, and in the background Oak Wood Smoke – a true marriage of heartwarming joy and love for the senses to enjoy”. Their shop on Church Street is full of hand poured candles made in Dornoch using only the finest quality ingredients.

Dornoch Stores
Dornoch Stores have the perfect range of delicious food, either for a present or to cook your loved one a special Valentine’s meal. The store offers a full range of food and drink including fine wines, spirits & mixers, fruit, vegetables, meat, game, fish, cheese and dairy products with the focus on local, Highland and Scottish produce.

Cocoa Mountain
Choose your own chocolate selection for your Valentine from the wonderful range by the master chocolatier.  What better way to show you care than delicious handmade, locally produced Chocolate? Cocoa Mountain re-opens on Saturday February 2nd after winter renovations and the new Valentine’s range can be purchased from Monday 4th. Alternatively you can buy online here.

Carnegie Whisky Cellars
You can buy a wide range of whisky, gin and other spirits at the Carnegie Whisky Cellars. You can also buy vouchers or a ticket for a gin or whisky tasting. So go for a browse and find that perfect gift in this really special shop in the centre of Dornoch.

Aspen Spa at Carnegie Courthouse
Aspen spa is a haven of relaxation, the perfect place to unwind and recharge. A voucher for a massage, beauty treatment or their range of products would be a very special gift.


Enjoy one of the wonderful Valentine’s menus being served in Dornoch this year.

Dornoch Castle Hotel
Looking for something special this Valentine’s Day? The Dornoch Castle’s romantic 4 course Valentine’s menu will be on offer on the 14th, 15th and 16th of February and features an amazing 14 ounce sharing steak and strawberry sharing dessert! All guests will also receive a glass of sparkling wine on arrival. Menu priced at £50 per person. To book or for more information please call 01862 810216 or email enquiries@dornochcastlehotel.com

Grace of Dornoch Cafe and Deli
Grace of Dornoch serve beautifully prepared and locally sourced, home cooked food. Their Valentine’s evening menu will be served from Thursday 14th – Saturday 16th February so don’t miss the chance to sample some of their culinary delights! Bring your own bottle of wine – only £2 corkage is charged.

The Eagle Dornoch
The Eagle Dornoch is offering a 3 course Valentine’s menu on the 14th, 15th and 16th of February with live music on Saturday 16th. It is £45 per couple and each guest will receive a complimentary glass of procecco on arrival.


Spend some quality time with the people you love this Valentine’s Day- (treat the children or your friends too!)

Valentines’s Ceilidh Tea Dance
A fun afternoon of dancing, great company and a lovely assortment of cakes. All welcome at Rosehall Village Hall on Thursday, February 14th, 2pm until 4pm

Mike Vass plays Edderton Hall
Mike Vass, previously a nominee in the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) award and winner in the Scots Trad music awards composer of the year category, is a
creative force of nature on the Scottish music scene. Tickets from: £9

Tain Gala Valentine’s disco
All primary school age children are invited to our Valentine’s Day Disco. On this night we will be choosing the Gala Princess, and for the first time we are excited to announce a Gala Prince will also be selected! £3 administration. 15th February, 7pm-8.30pm.

Lairg Valentine’s Dance
Get dancing this Valentine’s weekend at the Laird Valentine’s dance to Blue Ridge. Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 10pm, Lairg community centre. Entry £10. Over 16 years only.

Embo Trust Table top Sale, coffee morning and Raffle
Take the whole family along to the Old School in Embo for a table top sale and coffee morning.  All Welcome. Saturday, February 16th from 10am-1pm.

Romantic, wintery walk on Dornoch Beach
Don’t forget to spend some special time outside exploring the stunning, award winning Dornoch Beach! Wrap up warm to splash through the shallows and play games on the miles and miles of golden sands.

We hope you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day!