Dornoch is a Town 44 miles north of
Inverness, on the northeast
coast with two long Beaches.
Dornoch is popular for its Golf,
Cathedral, Castle, Courthouse now a Cafe,
Old Jail now Shops, Historylinks Museum,
Clearances Cottages, Burning Site of a
Witch, two Holiday Parks, and Dunrobin Castle 12 miles
View a Click on Map for the Area
Attractions and Mountains.
The top image shows Castle Street leading to
the town Centre where you can find the
Cathedral, Castle, Courthouse, and Old Jail.
The Market Cross can be found on the High
Street, on the north side of the Cathedral.
is now a Hotel with a large Beer Garden at the
Courthouse is now a Cafe / Diner with a
Dornoch Jail is
now shops with the small Cells used for
Dornoch Cathedral is situated across
the road from the Castle. The Catheral was
built in the ealy 1200s.
The Historylinks Museum
can be found behind Dornoch Castle, up Castle
Close. The Museum has a large display of
Artifacts that span many centuries, and gives
information of life and work in this area from
the 1100s to present day.
The Dornoch Hotel
is situated close to the beach on Grange
Royal Dornoch Golf
Club is situated by the Beach, on the
southeast side of the Town. This Golf Club was
formed in 1877, and became a Royal club in 1906
through King Edward VII.
The Royal Golf
Hotel is situated by the Golf Club with its
Conservatory Restaurant having views over the
Park is situated by the Golf Course and
Beach, with a range of Caravans available for
holidays, and pitches for Touring and
By the Holiday Park, on Beach Road, is a
Garden with a Stone marking where a Witch named
Janet Horne was Burned to Death in 1727. Janet
was the last recorded person to be executed in
A short walk towards the Town centre from
the Witches Stone are the Clearances Cottages.
Around 1800, Landowners began forcing Tenant
Farmers off their land so they could begin
large scale sheep and crop farming. Many
Farmers moved to Dornoch where they built small
Cottages. This area of Dornoch is referred to
Hame Holiday Park is situated about 3 miles
north of Dornoch in the area known as Embo.
This Holiday Park is next to the long sandy
Embo Beach, with a range of Caravans for
holidays. The Park has a Bar Diner and large
5000 BC - settlements were established in
this area known as Sutherland.
540 - Saint Finbarr may have arrived in
Dornoch and established a settlement. The ruins
of his Church are believed to be at the east
end of Dornoch Cathedral graveyard.
800s - Vikings took control of the Orkney
Islands and parts of the far northeast of
Scotland, encroaching on Dornoch.
1100s - Scottish Kings began pushing north
forcing the Vikings out of mainland Scotland.
Halkirk 65 miles north of Dornoch was where the
first Cathedral was built for the area.
1200s early - Halkirk Cathedral was burned
down by Farmers, killing the Bishop inside. The
Farmers riots began after the Bishop raised
The most prominent family in the area was de
Moravia, later The Mory, Murray, and
1200s early - Skibo Castle was built for the
Bishops, 4 miles west of Dornoch.
1220 - Dornoch Cathedral was built for
Bishop Gilbert de Moravia to replace Halkirk
1220? - Dunrobin Castle was built for
William de Moravia, 1st Earl of Sutherland, 12
miles north of Dornoch.
1260s - Richard de Moravia was killed at
Embo, 3 miles north of Dornoch, fighting
Vikings. Richard was buried in Dornoch
1500 - Dornoch Castle was built next to the
Cathedral for the Bishops.
1545 - the Bishops awarded Skibo Castle to
John Gray so his powerful family could help
prevent the Protestant uprisings from spreading
1563 - the Queen's Act against witchcraft
was introduced in Scotland. This led to a
number of people being Strangled or Burned to
Death, normally after a neighbour they did not
get on with, reported them for Witchcraft.
1570 - Dornoch Cathedral was set on fire
during a Clan feud between the Murray's of
Dornoch, and Mackay's of Strathnaver. These
Clan feuds took
place over many years, involving a number of
Clans from the area.
1703 - Witchcraft was no longer seen as a
Criminal Offence punishable by the Death
Penalty in most of Scotland.
1727 - Janet Horne was found guilty of
Witchcraft at Dornoch, rolled in tar, placed in
a barrel, then burned to death. Janet was the
last recorded person in Scotland to die this
1700s late - the Sutherland
Clearances began, removing large numbers of
small scale Tenant Farmers so their land could
be used for large scale Sheep and Crop farming.
A number of these Farmers moved to Dornoch to
try to live off Fishing. The area of Dornoch
where they built their small cottages was named
Monument can be viewed at Helmsdale, 27
miles north of Dornoch.
1837 - the restoration of Dornoch Cathedral
was completed so it could be used as a Church
1849 - Dornoch Courthouse was completed next
to the Castle. Dornoch Jail was built next to
the Courthouse around the same time.
1877 - Royal Dornoch Golf Club was
1897 - the wealthy industrialist Andrew Carnegie
bought Skibo Castle to serve as his holiday
home with a swimming pool and golf course.
1947 - Dornoch Castle was converted to a
1973 - Dunrobin Castle, Gardens, and Museum
were opened to the public, also with Falconry
1982 - Skibo Castle was bought by
Peter de Savary to be used as a private members
club named The Carnegie Club.
2000 - Madonna and Guy Ritchie were married
at Skibo Castle. There have been a number of
Film Stars and Sportsmen married at the
2000 - Dornoch Jail was converted to a
2010 - billionaire Elon Musk and
the actress Talulah Riley
were married at Dornoch Cathedral.
2015 - Dornoch Courthouse was converted to a
Cafe / Diner, Shops, and Visitor Centre.