Attractions

The Chalet is situated in one of the most beautifully kept sites in Scotland.

It is a 5 minute drive or a 10-15 minute walk from all the local amenities of the Historical Highland Town of Dornoch which has some of the best beaches in Britain. Dornoch has a selection of pubs, restaurants, hotels and take aways as well as ample food and other shops.

With over 20 Golf Courses within an hours drive, the stunning Royal Dornoch Course only minutes away. Dunrobin Castle, the oldest inhabited castle in the area is an excellent day out with its grand rooms and its falconry displays.

Inverness and the Black Isle with all their tourist sites are under an hour away.

History and Heritage

Dornoch Castle Hotel

Dornoch Castle is set in the beautiful, historic town of Dornoch and situated directly opposite the inspiring 12th century Dornoch Cathedral, making it one of the most perfect wedding venues in Scotland.

www.dornochcastlehotel.com

Dunrobin Castle

Dunrobin Castle is the most northerly of Scotland’s great houses and the largest in the Northern Highlands with 189 rooms. Dunrobin Castle is also one of Britain’s oldest continuously inhabited houses dating back to the early 1300s, home to the Earls and later, the Dukes of Sutherland.

www.dunrobincastle.co.uk

Culloden Battlefield

An exciting interpretive exhibition opened as part of the new visitor centre in December 2007. Using interactive characters that witnessed or were involved in the battle and incorporating the latest historical and archaeological evidence it tells the course of events through fresh eyes.

www.nts.org.uk/culloden/

Cawdor Castle

Cawdor Castle, the most romantic castle in the highlands, a 14th Century home of the Thanes of Cawdor. The ancient medieval tower was built around the legendary holly-tree.

www.cawdorcastle.com

Timespan

Timespan is a museum, art centre and cultural development hub based in the Far North of Scotland. Open all year round.

www.timespan.org.uk

Shopping & Distilleries

Dornoch Jail

In the heart of Dornoch is the county of Sutherland’s 19th century jail. In 2000 it was completely transformed into a unique shop selling clothing, accessories, arts and gifts. With 5000 square feet of retail space, The Jail Dornoch manages to sympathetically combine the historical internal structure of the old cells with new contemporary design, creating the perfect backdrop for its new, and more pleasurable use.

www.jail-dornoch.com

Glenmorangie Distillery

The Glenmorangie distillery was established in 1843, on the Durnoch Firth by brothers William and John Mathesen. The site originally held a farm distillery under the name Morangie. There is evidence that distillation was carried out at this site during the early 18th century. Production began in November of 1849. During the latter part of the 19th century Glenmorangie began overseas exportation and destinations included Europe and the United States.

www.glenmorangie.com

Dalmore Distillery

The Dalmore Distillery has been producing exceptional single malt whisky since 1839 and, for almost a century, was owned by the Clan Mackenzie. The clan’s defining influence on the distillery is still evident to this day, with the iconic royal stag’s antlers – taken from the Mackenzie family crest – adorning each and every bottle of The Dalmore.

www.thedalmore.com

Clynelish Distillery

Founded in 1819, under the name Clynelish, the distillery was established by the Marquis of Stafford who, after marrying into the Sutherland family, became the first Duke of Sutherland. The distillery was initially intended to take some proportion of local whisky supply away from the area’s smuggling fraternity.

www.tripadvisor.co.uk

Balblair Distillery, Tain

Welcome to the misty shores of the Dornoch Firth, the home of Balblair. It’s here that we’ve been producing award-winning Highland Single Malt whisky since we rolled out our very first barrel in 1790.

www.balblair.com

Glen Ord Distillery

Glen Ord is a whisky distillery in the Scottish Highlands and is the only remaining single malt scotch whisky distillery on the Black Isle.[3] Its principal product is an eponymous 12-year old single malt whisky.

www.discovering-distilleries.com/glenord/

Outdoor Activities

Dornoch and it's beach

The Royal Burgh of Dornoch is an historic small town on the edge of the Dornoch Firth, a designated National Scenic Area in the Highlands of Scotland.

www.visitdornoch.com

Loch Fleet Wildlife Reserve

A large tidal basin with sand dunes, coastal heath and pinewoods. The pine woodland supports species such as Scottish crossbill, crested tit and pine marten.

www.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/reserve/loch-fleet/

Falls of Shin

Falls of Shin is one of the best places in all of Scotland to watch leaping salmon, but with the visitor centre offering so much there is always lots to see and do whatever the weather. The centre is easy to get to and a visit to the Falls of Shin can be combined with other tourist attractions in the Northern Highlands.

Falls of Shin is one of the best places to visit in the Northern Highlands of Scotland.

www.fallsofshin.co.uk

Black Isle Wildlife Park

Family run business which was established in 1995. The Park consists of ponds, fields and many animal enclosures. Also at the park there is a hatchery and a play area for children. There is a gift shop in which there are many toys and gifts for all ages and next to it is the cafe, which serves a wide range of sandwiches, hot food and hot or cold drinks. There is also covered shelter and polytunnel for when the weather is a bit warmer to sit out in.
The Park consists of 50 Acres which is home to a wide range of animals. Such as Ducks, Emu, Lemur, Zebra and everyones favorite the meerkat. This is just a small selection of the animals that can be viewed at the park.
Walk ways are suitable for buggies and wheelchairs.

www.blackislewildlifepark.co.uk

New Era Dolphin Trips

The “New Era” is a solar powered boat running dolphin trips on the beautiful Beauly Firth near Inverness – a continuation of the Moray Firth westward (Avoch, Fortrose etc).

www.boattripsinverness.co.uk

Hillwalking and Munro Bagging

The eastern part of Sutherland has a gentler landscape and a larger population than the rest of the county. It is perhaps best known for golf; the Championship course at the Dornoch being rated one of the best in the world, but the area has much to offer the more general visitor. Dornoch itself is a fine and characterful old town whilst the beaches along much of the coast provide splendid, bracing walks.

The massive monument on Ben Bhraggie dominates this stretch of coastline and is a reminder of why the landscape inland is so much emptier. Lairg is the largest village in this area and provides lifeline services to people living far to the north and west.

www.walkhighlands.co.uk

Sport and Relax

Royal Dornoch Golf Club

Championship Course ranked No.4 and Struie No.50 by Golf Digest UK & Ireland 2011.

www.royaldornoch.com

Averon Leisure Centre in Alness

Averon Leisure Centre, situated in Alness, is one of the largest leisure facilities in the Easter Ross offering leisure opportunities for every member of the family. Our activities range from children’s activities, daily crèche, After school club, gymnastics classes, and community classes such as judo and Zumba classes, and you can come and participate in various activities in a friendly and customer focused facility.

highlifehighland.com/leisure-facilities/averon

Golf Courses in the area