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Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia mobile

On appearance this hotel looks amazing from the outside. We caught this hotel on an itison deal which appeared great value. We checked in at a wee table in the bar - quite uncomfortable considering we had all of our walking hear in and there were couples in having a dram. The receptionist showed us to our room, which was...

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Inverness, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

we stayed here 2 nights which our daughter gave us as a Christmas present, A fabulous hotel ,they are doing some renovations at the moment so the reception was near the bar which was very useful, we had a choice of a whisky or gin cocktail with gin truffles on arrival very nice touch, we had meals there both nights...

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United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 days ago NEWvia mobile

My husband and I had a lovely one night stay here. Our room was spotless and the bed very comfortable. I felt let down by my breakfast as my egg and bacon weren't cooked properly, but my husband throughly enjoyed his. I feel the wonderful coffee machine would be better situated in the middle of the room as people were...

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 days ago NEWvia mobile

Great place to stay. The bar is cosy and the staff are really friendly. The food in the restaurant is very good and the Scottish breakfast is quality. Hotel is in a great location in the Scottish highlands. Only problem I had was the pressure with the shower, after a hard days works a decent shower would be helpful. Apart...

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Los Angeles
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

First time in The Highlands. Very different from where we are from (Los Angeles). The drive to Dornoch is very scenic (after you get over the driving on the other side of the road). Dornoch Castle Hotel is a great "base camp" for your Highlands adventure and experiencing the local scene. When we went there, there was a "rubber ducky"...

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My partner and I had a lovely night at the Dornoch castle hotel. The staff at the evening meal were very attentive and the food was amazing. A little disappointed in cleanliness of the room when we arrived but a cheeky shot of brandy made up for it..

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dornochcastle, Manager at Dornoch Castle Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. We are very sorry to hear that you were not happy with the cleanliness of the room, we always take on constructive criticism and try to improve upon this, we hope you will consider staying with...

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First visit this year. Try to go regularly. Not always possible! Very busy with mostly visitors , some locals , always a good sign when local clientele are present! Interesting menu using local produce, well presented and served. Nice relaxed evening showcasing what is available in the lovely historic town of Dornoch. Looking forward to sampling the gin being distilled...

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dornochcastle, Manager at Dornoch Castle Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review, we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to having you stay again in the near future! Dornoch Castle Hotel Team

Bathgate, United Kingdom
Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

Love the bar. Amazing building and courtyard. Not stayed over night so can't comment. Amazing own gin. Dinner booked for my birthday was not great with out dated decor and bland food. Staff are amazing. So good one drove me back to my base to pick up the baby bag I left. Will always visit. Would love dinning room and...

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dornochcastle, Manager at Dornoch Castle Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your meal and hope that you will consider returning to the Dornoch Castle Hotel and we can better your experience, in the near future we will be in full production for our own gin and you will be able to...

Paisley, United Kingdom
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

The hotel building has great character and is ideally situated however requires upgrading I don't mind a rustic look but internally it is tired some of decor is as if it is out of the 1980s the food was not great either it was edible but should have been so much better I had previously stayed 2 days in skye...

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dornochcastle, Manager at Dornoch Castle Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are very sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your stay at the Dornoch Castle Hotel, we have been undergoing some refurbishments, however this is a large building and will take some time to complete. I hope you will consider staying with us again in the future. Dornoch...

Reviewed 7 January 2017

I don’t normally do ‘guest reviews’ but when somewhere is this good it’d be rude not to! The Dornoch Castle Hotel promises a lavish Hogmanay experience – staying in a magnificent and historic building, an extravagant multi-course New Year’s Eve banquet with midnight piper, street party and fireworks ++ and it delivers in spades! My wife and I have now...

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dornochcastle, Manager at Dornoch Castle Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a kind review. Our team work exceptionally hard to make the Hogmanay a truly magical experience for all our guests, we are delighted to hear that you enjoy your time with us and look forward to having you stay with us again in 2017! Dornoch Castle Hotel Team

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  • Breakfast included
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Castle is located in the historic town of Dornoch across from the stunning 13th century Cathedral, boasting stunning views of the town. The central position of the hotel makes it ideal for exploring Dornoch, home to the world famous Royal Dornoch Golf Course, which overlooks the breath taking golden sand beach. Dornoch is also well situated for those looking to explore more of what the Highlands have to offer. The historic Castle is built on the site of the original Bishop’s Palace of St Gilbert, who founded the Cathedral in the early 13th century. The building eventually sold on and in 1947 became a hotel after some extensive work, which maintain much of the character of the Castle as a stately, historic and comfortable home. The Castle boasts a total of 22 en-suite bedrooms situated both within the original castle and the modern garden extension. There is a variety of room types available including; standard, superior, deluxe and our award winning Old Courtroom. Due to the castle’s layout each bedroom has its own special ambiance, great care has been taking in creating a distinctive character in each bedroom. The Castle's restaurant has retained an AA rosette standard, through the exceptional work from the chefs. The malt whisky selection is second to none and can be enjoyed in the cosy stone-lined whisky bar with the roaring fire to protect you from the Scottish winds, in the summer the walled garden is the perfect setting to relax during the long summer nights. Coming Summer 2016: The Dornoch Distillery will be opening soon on the grounds of the Dornoch Castle Hotel producing 'Old Style' Whisky and Hand Crafted Organic Gin from scratch. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Dornoch Castle Hotel

Address: Castle Street, Dornoch IV25 3SD, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Caithness and Sutherland > Dornoch
Price Range: €149 - €218 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Dornoch Castle Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 22
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“we had a garden room which was nice and sunny”
 of 5 bubbles josephgN974OD, 19 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Ask for The Old Courtroom or a turret room.”
 of 5 bubbles GrandpaAlexNZ, 19 Dec 2016 | Read review
“rooms at the rear overlooking the garden are by far the better”
 of 5 bubbles davidtuffley, 6 Oct 2016 | Read review
“We had a room at the back - view non-existent but very quiet so suited us.”
 of 5 bubbles Tuppenny42, 25 Sep 2016 | Read review
“the Tower Room was worth it!”
 of 5 bubbles LynnoP, 2 Sep 2016 | Read review
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