About Dornoch

A brief history of Dornoch

There is so much to see and do in Dornoch, from world-class golf, to exploring the rich cultural heritage, beach and woodland walks along the region’s spectacular coastline and countryside and discovering the mysterious beauty of the Highlands of Scotland.

Dornoch is a seaside resort and former Royal Burgh in the county of Sutherland in the Highlands of Scotland. It lies on the north shore of the Dornoch Firth, near to where it opens into the Moray Firth to the east.

The name 'Dornoch' is comes from the Gaelic for 'pebbly place', suggesting that the area contained pebbles the size of a fist which could be used as weapons.

Dornoch has the thirteenth-century Dornoch Cathedral, the Old Town Jail, and the Bishop's Palace which is now a hotel, Dornoch Castle and a great golf course, the Royal Dornoch Golf Club, none of the best golf courses in Scotland.

In history it was last place a witch was burnt in Scotland. Her name was Janet Horne; she was tried and sentenced to death in 1727. There is a stone, the Witch's Stone, commemorating her death, inscribed with the year 1722. The golf course designer Donald Ross began his career as a greenkeeper on the Royal Dornoch links which is next to the award-winning blue flag beach.

On 21st December 2000, the popstar Madonna christened her son, Rocco, in Dornoch Cathedral, the day before her wedding to Guy Ritchie.

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