Dornoch Community Markets- Summer 2017

Dornoch Community Markets

These popular markets take place on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from May-September

Regular Community Market days for 2017 are Wednesdays 12th April, 10th May, 14th June, 12th July, 26th July, 9th August, 23rd August and 13th September. In addition markets will be held on Wednesdays 26th July and 23rd August.

The markets runs from 9:30am to 1pm on the Cathedral Green. Come and browse up to 30 stalls with home grown local produce, plants, arts & crafts, baking, artisan bread, specialist chocolates, cheese, hand made cosmetics,  jewellery, gifts & clothing.


  • Tarlogie Crafts: Make a range of lampshades, notebooks and. many other tweed based products.
  • Little Lads and Lassies: Beautiful handmade dollies.
  • Just Us Leather: Design and handcraft very unusual, original and elegant leather jewellery, leather bowls and other decorative leather items in vibrant colours.  Their work is created entirely by hand without the use of any machines or moulds.
  • Artisan bread from Cromarty Bakery: The Cromarty Bakery have a reputation for first class bread, cakes and pastries.
  • Chocolate from Highland Patissier and Cocoa Skye
  • Cromarty Cheese: The Cheese House is renowned for doing things a bit differently. Expect the best locally produced cheeses, chutneys and mouth-watering tasty bites. And also find a strong link with the Netherlands – some of the best Dutch farmer’s cheeses, finest charcuterie and quality snacks.
  • Handmade cosmetics from the The Highland Craft Company
  • Tartan Boddice Creations: Made to measure Tartan Bodices/Outfits, Gorgeous corsages in many different tartans and large range of button selection including hearts, diamanties and hearts. Silk Tartan evening/clutch bags and table runners.
  • Knockfarrel Produce: Knockfarrel Produce is a small family run organic croft nestled beneath the iron age hill fort of Knockfarrel in Cromarty.  They grow fresh healthy food for local customers within 30 miles of their croft.
  • Corry Croft Nursery : The nursery specialises in grasses and hardy plants. There is also a growing range of bamboos and exotic plants, offered for those who relish something more unusual. All plants offered for slae are propagated at the nursery in Rogart. All hardy plants are grown onsite and are therefore known to cope with the climate and conditions prevalent in this part of Scotland.




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Plan your Summer Holiday in Dornoch and enjoy a short break in Scotland

There is so much happening during the summer in and around Dornoch. Take a look below for details of some of the Highlights of the Dornoch summer calendar. It’s time to plan your short break in Scotland!

Sutherland Show– Saturday 22nd July 2017

Sutherland Show is a great day out for all the family with plenty to see and do including the trade stands, main ring of entertainment, sheep, cattle, horses and ponies, poultry, dog show, flower and vegetables and food and crafts.

Well behaved dogs are welcome on leads. Download the show catalogue for the full programme.


Festival Week– Monday 7th – Saturday 12th August

Dornoch Festival week takes place every year in the week after the Highland Gathering (this year Friday 4 August-

This year you can expect to see all of the usual fun and games including: Sandcastle Competition, Pram Race, Pet Show, Duck Race, Fancy Dress Football, Teddy bear’s picnic, Kid’s treasure hunt, Arts and Crafts, Pipe Band, Baking competition, Family quiz night, Car treasure hunt and loads more besides! A full programme will be availiable nearer the time both online and in the shops and Visitor Centre.

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Dornoch Highland Gathering– Friday 4th August 2017 at the Meadows Park, Dornoch.

The Dornoch Higland Gathering has been held every year since 1887, bar the war years and one unfortunate rainy day. It is a day that locals look forward to all year, where everyone can have fun. Visitors are very welcome.

Come and enjoy the competitions for  piping, Highland dancing, tossing the caber, putting the ball and throwing the hammer. Watch, or take part in, the track & field events of running, cycling, long jump and high jump. See the different techniques used to  “Tilt the Bucket”!

With fairground attractions, stalls and refreshments, children’s races and mini Highland games, this is a day out for all the family. In the evening the Games Night Dance is held in the Marquee at Meadows Park (licensed bar).

Grannie’s Heilan’ Hame

Grannie’s Heilan’ Hame in Embo is open daily during the summer from 9am. There is a Soft Play Area, Swimming Pool, Children’s Entertainment, Amusement Arcade, Bingo & Evening entertainment. Facilities open to all Dornoch visitors. Entry: £15 per head for a weekly ticket. For more information: 01862 810383

Dornoch Beach

Dornoch’s safe, Blue Flag beach, is ideal for families with its gentle shallows, sheltering dunes and miles of golden sands. Perfect for paddling and swimming on warm summer days, exploring rockpools and taking a gentle stroll or carrying on north to Embo.

To book accommodation, see our wide range of quality hotels, B&Bs and Self Catering:

We hope to see you in Dornoch soon!

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What’s on in Dornoch: June 2017

What’s on in Dornoch in June 

We have a wide range of activities taking place in and around Dornoch in June.

See our ‘What’s on’ for details of Live music, Dornoch Gallery, Dornoch Community Market, Dornoch Pipe Band, a Summer fete, Open Garden day and an Open Croft day and even a circus!

See our newspost ‘Ten things to DO in Dornoch’ for more ideas of activities in the local area.

Other things to DO in and around Dornoch

Historylinks 5* Museum Open daily: 10am until 4pm Historylinks is one of the very few 5 star museums in the Highlands Dedicated to the history of Dornoch parish Entry: Adults £4, Concessions £3, Children Free. (This is now weekly ticket) For more information:

Grannie’s Heilan’ Hame, Embo is open daily: from 9am. There is a Soft Play Area, Swimming Pool, Children’s Entertainment, Amusement Arcade, Bingo & Evening entertainment. Facilities open to all Dornoch visitors. Entry: £15 per head for a weekly ticket. For more information: 01862 810383 The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool, IV26 2TY: Musi

Dunrobin Castle opens on the 1st April so make sure you pop by for the fascinating museum, beautiful gardens and incredible Birds of Prey displays.

Have a fantastic time and don’t forget to review your visit to Dornoch on our website:

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Discover Dornoch app now available

Discover Dornoch is available in the Google Play store for Android devices, in the App Store for iPhones and a Windows version is also available.

If you like walking, and you’re visiting Dornoch, this app is for you. It uses the location information on your mobile to plot your current location, and helps you see where you are in relation to 4 great walks in and around Dornoch, including:

curlew1. A Round of the Golf Course

This walk is a wonderful way to explore the lovely scenery and rich wildlife present around Dornoch. It is a particularly good way to discover the wealth of wildflowers in the dunes and adjacent grassland.

Time: 2 Hours

to Embo2. The Time Travellers Walk

Moderate walking through the town centre, woodlands and open countryside with sea views. This walk can be broken down into a series of shorter walks if necessary, and most of it is suitable for buggies and wheelchairs.

Time: 2.5 Hours

P3 3 windows3. Dornoch’s Notable Women

Discover some of the women who have influenced the history of Dornoch from Georgina Anderson (1821-1899) who donated the fountain to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897; to the Duchess Countess of Sutherland who restored the Cathedral in the 19th century. The present minister Reverend Susan Brown, baptised the pop star Madonna’s son Rocco in the cathedral on 21 December 2000, and married Madonna (Madonna Louise Ciccone) and Guy Richie the following day at nearby Skibo Castle.

Time: 1.5 Hours

CrocRock24. Dornoch Beach Treasure Walk

An ideal walk for children to explore the beach and see our rich and varied sea- and beach-life. The walk is introduced by Callum the Crab, who poses questions, riddles and clues along the walk. Can you find Croc Rock?

Time: 1.5 Hours



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What’s on in Dornoch: May

What’s on this month in Dornoch?

Find out what is happening in Dornoch and the surrounding area this May. From live music, community market, historical talks to a wool and textiles festival- As always there is something for everyone when you Visit Dornoch!

What else can we do in the area?

Why not try an Experience More day whilst in Dornoch this month? They are uniquely tailored to Visit Dornoch and are only available to be booked through our website. Tours at Clynelish distillery, Clay pigeon shooting at Pitgrudy Farm, walking tours with AdventuraScotlandCandle making with Coast Candles and many more.

Coast Candles also run drop in Candle Workshops every Friday from 10.30am – 3pm.

Why not visit Dunrobin Castle for a wonderful family day out? Beautiful gardens, Falconry displays and a fantastic museum and tea room.

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What’s on in Dornoch: April

What’s on in Dornoch in April

We have a wide range of activities taking place in and around Dornoch in April.

See our ‘What’s on’ for details of film nights, the first Dornoch Community Market, a Stone Age Easter Egg hunt, live music, coffee morning and golf events!

See our newspost ‘Ten things to DO in Dornoch’ for more ideas of activities in the local area.

Dunrobin Castle opens on the 1st April so make sure you pop by for the fascinating museum, beautiful gardens and incredible Birds of Prey displays.

Have a fantastic time!



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Ten things to DO in Dornoch: Cycling

From woodland tracks to quiet country roads, mountain bike trails to easy town rides, discover what Dornoch and the surrounding area has to offer cyclists of all ages and abilities. We have some of the quietest roads in the country as well as some of the most beautiful views: Sutherland is the perfect place to explore by bike!

1) Highland Wild Cat Mountain Bike Trails: Golspie
Since the Highland Wildcat Trail was established in 2005, they have constructed over 18Km of trail throughout the hills behind the village of Golspie (10 miles north of Dornoch) including 2 trails which run on Ben Bhraggie. Voted as “Best Destination in the UK” by Mountain Bike Rider magazine (June‘08), Highland Wildcat offers trails for all abilities that link directly to Golspie village and its local services.

2)  Balblair Mountain Bike Trails: Bonar Bridge
Balblair has 2 popular trails for mountain bikers. The trails are mostly on loose gravel tracks with sections of bare rock and boardwalk but they can be muddy and very steep in places. You can explore Balblair’s sunny forest glades and high rocky slabs on bike, foot or horseback so you need to be aware of other users. There’s a sense of wild country on the tops of the hills, with views west and east, while deep in the forest you’ll find sheltered clearings full of wildflowers and berries.

3) Camore Woods: Mountain Bike Ride, Dornoch
Ride your bikes through the tranquility of the forest whilst watching out for buzzards hunting voles, roe deer flitting through the trees and woodland birds feasting on wild raspberries and blaeberries in summer.
Once you are finished, explore the natural play area which includes tunnels, dens, a fort and games for children and the whole family. For people interested in history, hidden in the forest are more than 25 hut circles and chambered cairns.

4) Kyle of Sutherland loop: Road Bike Ride
This easy day ride starts from Bonar Bridge and takes place on flat, quiet roads. For those who cycle regularly there are no major hills on this all-tarmac ride and you can keep up a decent pace. Even for occasional cyclists this is an achievable day-long ride on quiet roads set in some spectacular scenery.

5) Dornoch to Embo: Road Bike Ride
Two beautiful sandy beaches in one day? Plus the best rock pools around thrown in for good measure?! Yes please! Take your bikes from the centre of Dornoch, on the quiet back road to Embo (3.5 miles). Spend the morning on the beach, explore the rock pools and have a seat in the sun whilst your children play in the excellent play park at Grannies’ Heilan Hame. After lunch head back to Dornoch, ride through the golf course and down to the Dornoch Beach Car Park. Spend the rest of the day on Dornoch beach, do the Beach treasure walk or just relax and read a book before heading back to Dornoch for dinner. Perfect!

6) Bike Hire: Sam’s Bike Shed and Grannie’s Heilan Hame
There are several places you can hire bikes from in the area. Sam’s Bike Shed offers very reasonable hire prices; daily, weekly and family rates. Email for more details or to book some bikes and get cycling during your holiday!

7) Bike Shops: Heaven bikes: Ardgay, Lindsay & Co: Golspie, MountTain bike Shop: Tain
For new and used bikes, bike repairs or accessories, there are several shops locally who will be able to help.

8) East Sutherland Wheelers
East Sutherland Wheelers is a cycling club formed in 2010 and is based in Golspie. The club was formed to promote the benefits of cycling and to provide a framework of support to the growing number of cyclists  in East Sutherland. They encourage participation in cycling in all disciplines, organise cycling events and provide training and racing facilities for its members. The East Sutherland Wheelers also run weekly indoor spin cycle classes throughout the darker months of the year to help keep the legs turning throughout the winter!

9) Accomodation for Cyclists

Dornoch has lots of cycle friendly accommodation including: Lily House, The Third, Wester Whinhill, Greenkeeper’s Cottage, Balloan Cottage and many more. See our website for more accommodation options.

Further afield, why not try Sleeperzz based in Rogart,  is a family-run hostel with 22 beds in a range of interesting vehicles. They offer budget accommodation ideal for backpackers, families, walkers, cyclists. Sleeperzzz offers a discount to guests arriving by bicycle. The Crask Inn, on the A837 12 miles north of Lairg, is a perfect place to stop on your way north or west. They do great food as well as a comfortable bed for the night.  The Altnaharra Hotel also offers cycle friendly accommodation and discounts to people cycling Lands End to John O’Groats.

10) Cycling Events
The Ullapool Beag and The Ullapool Mhor is a very popular sportive held annually in September. The East Sutherland Wheelers also host an Annual Race Weekend in May for road cyclists of all ages which includes  Time Trial events and a closed circuit Criterium race.

Some words with thanks from the linked websites above and Visit Sutherland

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