"Sittin' on the dock of the bay"

Dornoch

Dornoch is a town and seaside resort, and former Royal burgh in the Highlands of Scotland. It lies on the north shore of the Dornoch Firth, near to where it opens into the Moray Firth to the east. The town is within the Highland local government council area, and within the county of Sutherland.

The town is near the A9 road, to which it is linked by the A949 and the B9168.

The town also has a Grass Air Strip Suitable for Small Aircraft and Helicopters.

The name 'Dornoch' is derived from the Gaelic for 'pebbly place', suggesting that the area contained pebbles the size of a fist (dorn) which could therefore be used as weapons. Dornoch has the thirteenth-century Dornoch Cathedral, the Old Town Jail, and the previous Bishop's Palace which is now the well-known hotel, Dornoch Castle and a notable golf course, the Royal Dornoch Golf Club, named the 5th best golf course outside the United States in 2005 by Golf Digest magazine. It is also notable as the last place a witch was burnt in Scotland. Her name was Janet Horne; she was tried and condemned to death in 1727. There is a stone, the Witch's Stone, commemorating her death, inscribed with the year 1722. Legendary golf course designer Donald Ross began his career as a greenkeeper on the Royal Dornoch links. The golf course is next to the award winning blue flag beach.

Dornoch used to be connected to the main railway network at The Mound via a light railway. The railway was opened on 2 June 1902. Stations on the line were Dornoch, Embo, Skelbo, Cambusavie Halt and The Mound Junction. The stations were shut on 13 June 1960.

On 21 December 2000 the pop star Madonna had her son Rocco christened in Dornoch Cathedral, the day before her wedding to Guy Ritchie in nearby Skibo Castle.

On 13 January 2005 Dornoch was granted Fairtrade Town status.

Local authority: Highland Council

OS Grid Reference: NH797896

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Things to see and do in and around Dornoch

  • Jail Dornoch
  • Fountain Of Dornoch Ltd
  • Dornoch Lochans
  • Glenmorangie Distillery
  • Tain Through Time
  • Aldie Watermill Craft and Gift Shop
  • Highland Fine Cheeses Ltd
  • Orcadian Stone Co Ltd
  • Highland Leathercraft
  • Dunrobin Castle & Gardens

Tourist Information

Dornoch
Tourist Information Point
Sheriff Court House
The Square
Sutherland
Highlands and Islands
Scotland
IV25 3SD

Email info@visitscotland.com
http://www.visitscotland.com/destinations-maps/highlands/

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Weather

Forecast for Thursday 27 April

06:00


Chance of rain 54%
Max temp. 7°C
(feels like 4°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 7mph.
WNW
Pressure 1015
Humidity 89%
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09:00


Chance of rain 12%
Max temp. 9°C
(feels like 5°C)
Wind 4mph, gusting to 7mph.
NW
Pressure 1015
Humidity 85%
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12:00


Chance of rain 4%
Max temp. 9°C
(feels like 6°C)
Wind 5mph, gusting to 8mph.
N
Pressure 1016
Humidity 67%
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15:00


Chance of rain 3%
Max temp. 9°C
(feels like 6°C)
Wind 4mph, gusting to 6mph.
N
Pressure 1017
Humidity 63%
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18:00


Chance of rain 4%
Max temp. 8°C
(feels like 6°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 5mph.
NNW
Pressure 1018
Humidity 68%
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21:00


Chance of rain 1%
Max temp. 6°C
(feels like 3°C)
Wind 2mph, gusting to 3mph.
NW
Pressure 1019
Humidity 82%
UV Index n/a
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