Potter around Dornoch

Vicki
Potter around Dornoch

Food scene

The hot chocolate is amazing, high quality, and goes especially well with the home made chocolates (try the champagne truffles and dark raspberry...) Just across the road from the cathedral.
Cocoa Mountain Dornoch
The hot chocolate is amazing, high quality, and goes especially well with the home made chocolates (try the champagne truffles and dark raspberry...) Just across the road from the cathedral.
This local bakery has really friendly staff, great cakes (especially the snowballs) and a lovely selection of freshly made bread and rolls.
Harry Gow Bakery - Dornoch
2 High Street
This local bakery has really friendly staff, great cakes (especially the snowballs) and a lovely selection of freshly made bread and rolls.
This is a great wee place for lunch or dinner, but book ahead! They do great coffee and offer a selection of freshly made cakes, all delicious.
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Luigi's
1 Castle St
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This is a great wee place for lunch or dinner, but book ahead! They do great coffee and offer a selection of freshly made cakes, all delicious.
The Courthouse offers everything from coffee and cakes to fresh, locally sourced dishes, carefully selected wines and craft beers.
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The Courthouse Cafe Dornoch
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The Courthouse offers everything from coffee and cakes to fresh, locally sourced dishes, carefully selected wines and craft beers.
A perfect place to start the day off, with anything from a bacon butty, to granola with fresh fruit and yoghurt and toast with avocado.
milk & honey
A perfect place to start the day off, with anything from a bacon butty, to granola with fresh fruit and yoghurt and toast with avocado.

Sightseeing

Dunrobin Castle is a stately home in Sutherland, in the Highland area of Scotland, and the family seat of the Earl of Sutherland and the Clan Sutherland. It is located one mile north of Golspie.
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Dunrobin Castle
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Dunrobin Castle is a stately home in Sutherland, in the Highland area of Scotland, and the family seat of the Earl of Sutherland and the Clan Sutherland. It is located one mile north of Golspie.
The Iron Age broch is located beside the A9 near Golspie not far from Dunrobin Castle to the north and has a car-park and information history board for visitors. The broch walls are very thick and approx, six feet in height with a short entrance passageway, steps and a small room.
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Carn Liath
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The Iron Age broch is located beside the A9 near Golspie not far from Dunrobin Castle to the north and has a car-park and information history board for visitors. The broch walls are very thick and approx, six feet in height with a short entrance passageway, steps and a small room.
Head out of Dornoch towards embo, and you will eventually, after about three miles, find yourself at Loch Fleet. There are a few places to stop and just enjoy the view, but go at the right time (when the tide is out) and you will see lots seals, resting on the sand banks, or popping their heads up to observe the humans.
Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve
Head out of Dornoch towards embo, and you will eventually, after about three miles, find yourself at Loch Fleet. There are a few places to stop and just enjoy the view, but go at the right time (when the tide is out) and you will see lots seals, resting on the sand banks, or popping their heads up to observe the humans.

Walks

A lovely wood just outside of Dornoch, free parking and great smells for dogs. There is a one mile loop from the car park (and optional additional loop) If you have children with you, there is also a Natural Play Area behind the car park, with tree shelters, tunnels and a fort.
Camore Wood
A lovely wood just outside of Dornoch, free parking and great smells for dogs. There is a one mile loop from the car park (and optional additional loop) If you have children with you, there is also a Natural Play Area behind the car park, with tree shelters, tunnels and a fort.
The beach is within walking distance of the town centre and has the most amazing views. It's possible to walk to Embo, about three miles away. Great rocks for looking for rock pooling, and a nice swing park nearby for smaller children.
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Dornoch Beach
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The beach is within walking distance of the town centre and has the most amazing views. It's possible to walk to Embo, about three miles away. Great rocks for looking for rock pooling, and a nice swing park nearby for smaller children.
Skelbo Wood Sculpture Trail is a 1.8 mile loop trail located near Dornoch, Highland, Scotland that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips
Skelbo Wood
Skelbo Wood Sculpture Trail is a 1.8 mile loop trail located near Dornoch, Highland, Scotland that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips

Shopping

This is a fantastic shop located within what was once an actual jail. Worth a visit to see the cells, no longer housing prisoners, but now showcasing the best of Scottish cashmere, toiletries, jewellery, etc
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Jail Dornoch
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This is a fantastic shop located within what was once an actual jail. Worth a visit to see the cells, no longer housing prisoners, but now showcasing the best of Scottish cashmere, toiletries, jewellery, etc
The best steak pies this side of Hadrian's Wall, and the sausages are pretty good too.
Dornoch Farm Butchers
The best steak pies this side of Hadrian's Wall, and the sausages are pretty good too.
A real treasure trove for foodies. Scottish delicacies (black pudding....) sit alongside Italian pastries (aragostine) as well as fresh fruit, vegetables, chocolate and gin, and Mr. Whippy ice cream. So all tastes covered.
Dornoch Stores
12 Castle St
A real treasure trove for foodies. Scottish delicacies (black pudding....) sit alongside Italian pastries (aragostine) as well as fresh fruit, vegetables, chocolate and gin, and Mr. Whippy ice cream. So all tastes covered.

Further afield

One of the best places to view salmon leaping. Lots of nature trails round about and a great cafe too.
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Falls of Shin
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One of the best places to view salmon leaping. Lots of nature trails round about and a great cafe too.
If you are visiting Dornoch, this place is worth taking some time out to visit. It's about an hour's drive, but through the most spectacular scenery. A cup of tea and some home made cake will be an added bonus.
The Elphin Tearooms
If you are visiting Dornoch, this place is worth taking some time out to visit. It's about an hour's drive, but through the most spectacular scenery. A cup of tea and some home made cake will be an added bonus.