History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
In the medieval period, Dornoch was the seat of the Bishop of Caithness, and the parish church served as a cathedral. The cathedral site was settled as far back as the 6th century when a religious community of Culdee monks was based here.
The church houses the tombs of 16 Earls of Sutherland but the oldest memorial is an effigy of Sir Richard de Moravia (d. 1248), brother of the church's founder.
Directly across from the old cathedral on one side of the historic market square stands Dornoch Castle, a 15th-century fortress. The castle is now a hotel. On the edge of the town is the Royal Dornoch Golf Course, the 3rd oldest course in the world, where golf enthusiasts have played since the early 17th century.
The last witch to be executed in Scotland died at Dornoch in 1722. A plaque in a garden commemorates the death of Janet Horn, who was accused of changing her daughter into a horse and convincing the devil to shoe her.
A few miles away at Skibo is a manor house once owned by Andrew Carnegie. A short drive north along the coast brings you to the Victorian splendour of Dunrobin Castle, while even closer at hand is medieval Fearn Abbey.
Address: Dornoch, Highlands, Scotland
Attraction Type: Town
Location: On the A949, five miles north of Tain
Photo Credit: sylvia duckworth, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Fearn Abbey - 7.3 miles (Abbey)
Tarbat Old Parish Church - 7.6 miles (Historic Church)
Dunrobin Castle - 7.8 miles (Historic House)
Carn Liath Broch - 7.9 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Hilton of Cadboll Chapel - 8.9 miles (Historic Church)
Shandwick Stone - 9.7 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Nigg Old Kirk & Pictish Stone - 11 miles (Historic Church)
Hugh Miller's Cottage - 13.7 miles (Museum)
Nearest Holiday Cottages to Dornoch:
Nearby accommodation is calculated 'as the crow flies' from Dornoch. 'Nearest' may involve a long drive up and down glens or, if you are near the coast, may include a ferry ride! Please check the property map to make sure the location is right for you.