Sunday, 22 April 2018

Ten Things to DO in Dornoch: History and Heritage

The Highlands of Scotland are well known for their rich history and heritage. Discover all about the history of the Dornoch area- and the whole of the Northern Highlands- during your next trip. There are historical sites, castles, museums and tours galore! We have come up with ten of our favourite historical 'things to do' in the area, take a look at our list below.

1) The Witch's Stone

In a garden of a cottage in Littletown, on the way to Dornoch beach, stands a small stone marked with the year 1722. This is known as the Witch's Stone and marks the spot where the last execution in Scotland for witchcraft took place. The year marked is actually wrong, it was 1727 that Janet Horne met her fate on this spot. She was accused of using witchcraft to turn her daughter into the devil's pony- The reason for being accused however may have been the fact that Janet's daughter had a deformed hand.

2) Dornoch Cathedral

The first service was held in 1239 and it continues today as a parish church. Originally Roman Catholic rites were observed but since the Reformation it has been part of the Church of Scotland. The Cathedral has many interesting features, not least the gargoyles on the exterior. The Cathedral is open every day and visitors are welcome. From mid May to mid September volunteers are on hand to welcome visitors and tell them about the Cathedral, Monday to Friday from 10.00 am until 4.00 pm.

3) Historylinks Museum

Historylinks is one of the very few 5 star museums in Scotland. Dedicated to the history of Dornoch parish, current displays include a golf professional’s workshop where Donald Ross honed his skills, Carnegie at home at Skibo, the shameful burning of Scotland’s last condemned witch and the impact of the Picts and the Vikings. Films include Sutherland in 1950 and the Dornoch Light Railway. Visitor translations in German, French, Italian, Spanish and Swedish.

4) Timespan Museum and Arts Centre: Helmsdale

Timespan provides a unique experience and resource for visitors, artists, researchers and locals. With art exhibitions and a fantastic museum as well as cafe to relax in, it is well worth a visit.

5) Tain Museum

Tain and District Museum is home to an extensive and varied collection of objects, photographs and archives of local, regional and national significance. Their opening hours are: April, May, September and October: Mon-Fri 10am until 5pm. June, July, August: Mon-Sat 10am until 5pm

6) The Pictish Trail

Discover the Pictish trail during your visit to Dornoch. This historic trail originates in Inverness, passing the Black Isle and over the Cromarty Bridge to Easter Ross and through into Sutherland up as far as Golspie. You can also view stones in the Tarbat discovery centre in Portmahomack: www.tarbat-discovery.co.uk

7) Castles

Are you a fan of the TV series Outlander? Why not become a castle hunter and discover Sutherland's 24 castles! These include the Castle of Mey- the Queen Mother's house- near Wick, Dunrobin Castle in Golspie, and Ardvreck Castle near Lochinver. Some are spectacular ruins and some are beautifully maintained with visitor facilities but all are worth a visit.

8) Carn Liath

Between Golspie and Brora lies Carn Liath, the Grey Cairn. This broch has a well preserved entrance passage and walls which are still 12ft in some places. It is situated on the North Coast 500 a mile north of Dunrobin Castle.

9) Inverness Museum

Learn about Scottish history and discover how the Highlands are linked with the rest of the world. Experience Highland contemporary art and crafts – or just browse around before enjoying a cup of tea in Cobbs Tea House.

10) The Historylinks Trail

A flat walking tour of Dornoch's past told through a series of 15 interpretation panels withing the town (and one at Meikle Ferry - 4 miles away).The starting point for the trail is Historylinks Museum and a leaflet, available at the reception desk, includes a map and details of the main locations to be visited.There is a display board at each site but, if you wish to have more detail, illustrated guide books in English, Gaelic, French, German and Italian are available for purchase at the museum shop.

 

Enjoy your visit to Dornoch and do get in touch with us through our facebook page if you have any questions or would like some advice about where to visit or what to do during your stay.

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Sunday, 4 March 2018

What’s on in Dornoch in March

What's On This Month?

Well, March has come in like a lion and Dornoch has been well covered in snow! However, the weather is looking better for FibreFest 9-11 March - when we welcome all those interested in wool, fabric and craft work. This year the event is expanding into Dornoch Cathedral where there is a Quilt Display from 'Off the Wall' Scottish textile artists. Masterclasses, drop-in sessions and sales tables are held in the West Church Hall and Dornoch Social Club, with the opening talk 'My Journey as a Weaver' by Jan Beadle in St Finnbarr's Church.

Don't forget Mother's Day  on March 11th with a gift of flowers from Budding Genius, jewellery from Jail Dornoch, candles for Coast Candle Co., chocolates from Cocoa Mountain or her favourite tipple from the Carnegie Whisky Cellars

Take a look at our 'What's On' Calendar here to discover some fantastic events taking place across the Northern Highlands in March. Our five-star museum - Historylinks - opens daily 10-4 for the season from 30th March until 31st October.

And looking ahead to April, why not plan your Easter weekend in Dornoch. New for 2018 is the week-long Gilbert Festival 1-8 April with a programme of events for all the family.

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Fancy a Weekend break in Scotland over Easter? Come to Dornoch!

Whether you are planning a weekend break in Scotland over Easter or are planning to spend the whole Easter holidays here, come to Dornoch and discover all we have on offer in this beautiful and unspoiled area of the country. Only an hour from Inverness airport on the main A9 road, Dornoch is very accessible from London, Belfast, Dublin, Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol. There are also great train links from Edinburgh and Glasgow.

What is there to DO in and around Dornoch?

Visit the magical Loch Fleet, our very own nature reserve,  where at low tides you are almost guaranteed to spot seals bathing in the sunshine. Dornoch's award winning beach is stunning at all times of year but the Spring sunshine is when it looks its absolute best. Perfect for rock pooling with the children, walking for miles with your dogs and getting in some refreshing wild swimming! Visit Whisky Distilleries and Castles, go exploring on foot or by bike or even travel over to the wild West coast for the day! You will never be bored in Dornoch!

Don’t forget you can find out loads of local information on our website as well as ideas of things to do such as:  Wildlife, Do More experiences, Golf, Whisky and Shopping!

Check out our range of hotel, bed & breakfast and self-catering accommodation

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Monday, 26 February 2018

Dornoch Fibre Fest: 9th-11th March 2018

Fibre Fest, held in mid-March each year, has become a fixture in the Dornoch Calendar and is an opportunity for you to immerse yourself in all things fibre. Spinning, weaving, patchwork and printing; all these feature regularly either as Masterclasses or drop-in demonstrations where you can try new skills. And of course it provides a great opportunity to browse the market area where you can buy those essential additions absolutely necessary to any serious fibre worker’s stash - and to sell you excess stash too.

In 2018 the opening talk ‘My Journey as a Weaver’ is by Jan Beadle, who is a designer and weaver of contemporary textiles for fashion, interiors and accessories. So come along to St Finnbarr's Church at 6:30pm on Friday 9th March. Admission is £5 on the door which includes a soup and cheese supper at the Social Club following the talk. This year there are masterclasses in weaving and printing.

Then the weekend continues on Saturday & Sunday 10am - 4pm with stalls and events at the West Church Hall and the Social club.  There will be a wide variety of craft materials available to purchase and a number of classes and drop-in demonstrations where you can learn new skills. Classes must be booked in advance but drop-in sessions are free to all.

For the first time the festival expands into Dornoch Cathedral where throughout the weekend (after mid-day on Sunday) there is a Quilt Display by ‘Off the Wall’ Scottish Textile Artists.

This year’s competition is kindly sponsored by the Royal Dornoch Golf Club and the theme is a handcrafted soft toy, not to exceed 18″ in any dimension. Entries must be at the West Church Hall by 11am, Saturday 10th March.

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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

What’s on in Dornoch in February

What's On This Month?

Of course, it's the month of love! Whether you're loved up or happily single, Dornoch has something for you.

The Dornoch Castle Hotel is doing an amazing Valentines Day offer where you get an exclusive discounted rate of £35 per room as a Valentines Day special offer! A romantic meal & night away awaits you at Dornoch Castle Hotel. Find out more information here. This offer has a limited availability and won’t be around for long so make sure you don't miss out.

While in Dornoch buy your Valentine a gift - flowers from Budding Genius, jewellery from Jail Dornoch, candles for Coast Candle Co., chocolates from Cocoa Mountain or their favourite tipple from the Carnegie Whisky Cellars

Check out the Valentine's menu at the Eagle Hotel

Take a look at our 'What's On' Calendar here to discover some fantastic events taking place across the Northern Highlands in February.

And looking ahead to March, why not plan your Highland weekend around FibreFest 9-11 March - for all those interested in wool, fabric and craft work.

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Thursday, 18 January 2018

What’s on in Dornoch in January

What's On This Month?

Although January is generally a quieter month after the Christmas and Hogmanay celebrations, it is still packed full of fantastic events taking place in and around Dornoch; Burns Night Celebrations, ballet, cinema, live music and guided walks are among the huge range of activities taking place this month.

Take a look at our 'What's On' Calender here to discover some fantastic events taking place across the Northern Highlands.

Our Pick of the month is Rachel Sermanni and Friends who are playing on Saturday 27th January in the Carnegie Hall in Portmahomack. For more information & to book: 07547589762

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