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Last updated: 09 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Lucy Gillmore

This exquisite, honey-hued manse on the edge of the golf links and endless dune-backed beach in picture-postcard Dornoch, oozes luxury and old-world style. The passion project of an American businessman, he transformed what was a rundown property on the northeast coast into a palatial pad.

There are now 15 rooms, scattered across three buildings, all named after Scottish salmon rivers, and peppered with the finest antiques, gilt-framed oil paintings and trimmed with tartan and tweed. Along with a fine dining restaurant, Mara, they have a bistro, the Courtroom, in the village for more relaxed dining.

This sumptuous little hotel is the perfect choice for well-heeled golfers and classic car, top-down, wind-in-your-hair motorists on the North Coast 500.

Don’t miss 

Book in for a round of golf at the Royal Dornoch Golf Club – one of the world’s best golf courses. It’s right next door.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: < 10 mins walk
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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Royal Dornoch Golf Club

Sutherland, Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)[0.3 miles]

Wild, isolated and spellbindingly beautiful, Royal Dornoch is the third oldest in the world, with turtleback greens creating some real challenges.

Best for ages: 13+ | £250

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Best for ages: 8+ | £14

Fort George

Fort George

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Best for ages: 13+ | £10

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Cawdor Castle & Gardens

Cawdor Castle & Gardens

Cawdor, Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)[39.9 miles]

A place of pilgrimage for Shakespeare scholars (Macbeth was the Thane of Cawdor), this ancient fortress complete with drawbridge, turrets and towers dates back to the 14th century and is furnished with rare Flemish tapestries, oil paintings and fine antiques. The walled gardens peppered with contemporary sculptures are also a highlight.

Best for ages: 8+ | £14

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Scottish Highlands

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