Dornoch Whisky Festival 2017: 27th-30th October

Dornoch Whisky Festival 2017: 27th-30th October

Dornoch Whisky Festival is now in it’s 3rd year and we are looking forward to a hosting a HUGE range of events throughout the weekend; some are back due to popular demand and some are brand-new  for 2017!  We’ve taken extra care when planning the programme to make sure there’s something for everyone, from the connoisseur to the novice and everything in between.

We are excited to announce that Gordon & MacPhail Whisky‘s very own UK Sales Director, Stephen Rankin, will be attending the Whisky Festival as this year’s VIP. Head on over to the website now to read the full programme and buy your tickets!

Below are a few highlights from this year festival!

Blind Whisky & Gin Tasting for Beginners and Enthusiasts: Royal Dornoch Golf Club
Sample 3 gins and 3 whiskies and try and identify which ones they are. To help you there will be tasting notes of 9 gins and 9 whiskies supplied and you just have to pick the one you think matches. A selection of light nibbles and canapés shall be served to accompany the tasting.

VIP Dinner Hosted by Stephen Rankin: Links House
Canapés and a dram on arrival followed by our 4-course dinner with hand selected award-winning malts to complement each course, including an exclusive bottling.

Delicious Desserts Tasting: Carnegie Whisky Cellars
Hosted by Douglas Laing who will expertly pair fantastic Old Particular single grain whiskies with sweet treats in this delightful tasting.

Afternoon ‘G & Tea’: Links House
Afternoon Tea selection to enjoy with your choice of 3 bespoke gins with your favourite Fevertree mixer.

Cheese, Wine & Craft Beer Tasting: Dornoch Stores
Join us for a cheese, wine and craft beer evening with five cheeses and matching beverages to delight the palate.

Dornoch Distillery Brunch: Dornoch Castle Hotel & Dornoch Distillery
Join the Thompson Brothers in this exclusive event. A delicious brunch served in the Dornoch Castle Hotel with a Dornoch Distillery Gin Cocktail, followed by an exclusive tour of the Distillery and a chance to taste their new make spirit.​

Book your tickets now and don’t forget to visit our accommodation section on the website to plan where to stay for the weekend!

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Whats on in Dornoch in August?

Join us in Dornoch for a fun filled month!

Art exhibitions, gala weeks, treasure hunt, golf competitions, live music, guided walks, pipe parade, pond dipping, cinema, art workshops, community markets and more!

And of course Dornoch’s very own Festival Week and Highland Gathering!

Find our ‘What’s on’ part one here

Find our ‘What’s on’ part 2 here

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Dornoch Highland Gathering

The Dornoch Highland Gathering

The Dornoch Highland Gathering takes place on Friday 4th August 2017.  It is a firm favourite in the Dornoch calender and is a fantastic day out for the whole family.
It is a traditional and friendly Highland Gathering with piping, Highland dancing, Dornoch Pipe Band and local events including the iconic caber tossing.

The Games have 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.

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Sutherland Agricultural Show 2017

Sutherland Agricultural Show 2017

This year’s Sutherland Agricultural Show takes place at the Dornoch Links on Saturday the 22nd of July. 

It is a fantastic day out for every age and is host to a funfair, craft tent and many other stalls. There are many live stock pens where you can get up close to a range of animals including sheep and cattle. New in 2015 was a poultry section which included a fantastic array of chickens, ducks, quail and more! There are 150 exhibits in total and it is a very full day for the whole family.  

Entry is: Adults, £7. Child/Concessions, £4. Under 5’s, free. Family ticket: £17. There is also free parking. Well behaved dogs are welcome on leads.

On Saturday night there is a marquee dance which starts at 9pm. Tickets: £8


12.00    Ardross Pipe Band

12.15    Broke FMX motorcycle stunt display team

12.45    Kids’ sports

1.15      Brian Ross – sheepdog demonstration

1.45      Vintage tractor parade

2.05      Working Clydesdale display

2.30      Judging the show champion & livestock parade

3.00      Classic car parade

3.15      Ardross Pipe Band

3.30      Broke FMX motorcycle stunt display team

4.00      Terrier Racing

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What’s On In Dornoch: July 2017

Plan for your July visit with our list of activities and events taking place throughout the month in and around Dornoch.

What’s On 1st-15th July

What’s On 15th-31st July

See our website for details of Day TripsWalks, Wildlife, Shops, Accommodation and places to eat.


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Dornoch Festival Week 2017

Every year the towns and villages across the region each dedicate a week to fun, laughter, music, dancing and games. Whole communities come together to celebrate and have a great time. Tourists are very welcome and during each week is a range of activities for all ages from raft races and clay pigeon shooting to funfairs and storytelling!


Dornoch Festival Week 2017– Monday 7 – Saturday 12 August 2016
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Dornoch Festival week takes place every year in the week after the Highland Gathering (this year Friday 4 August- and the Games Night Dance: (9.30pm, Meadows Park)

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!

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Think Festival week sounds awesome but are not going to be in Dornoch whilst it is on? Take a look at similar events taking place in other local towns and villages- there’s so much happening this summer in Sutherland!

Lairg Gala Week- Saturday 8 until Saturday 15 July 2017
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Lairg Gala week is in it’s 24th year and continues to provide a fantastic program of events for locals and tourists alike.  Last year’s highlights included: Fun Day at Ferrycroft: Parade & Crowning of the Gala Queen, Show of Vintage Vehicles, Bubbles the Clown, Climbing Wall, Face Painting, Bouncy Castle, BBQ, Zorbing ball and more! There was also a Car Treasure Hunt, Fun Fair, Sports Day, Whist Night, Fancy Dress Disco, Fun Fishing, Story Time/FacePainting, Coffee Afternoon, Clay Pigeon Shoot, Play-day, Kids Disco, Table Tennis and Bingo! Full program available nearer the time at Cost Cutter in Lairg and the Spar in Bonar Bridge.

Brora Carnival Week- Sunday 23 until Saturday 29 July 2017
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Brora Carnival week is packed full of fun activities and last year included a Raft Race, Wheelbarrow race, Kids fancy dress wheelbarrow race, Disco, sandcastle competition, Car treasure hunt, bouncy castle, duck race and much much more. Take a look at the Facebook page to get more information about this year’s programme.

Golspie Gala Week- Saturday 29 until Saturday 5 August 2017
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Last year’s event included: the Demolition Derby, the Fancy Dress Parade with its spectacular groups, individuals and floats, the Ben Bhraggie Hill Race and the Novelty Wheelbarrow Race, the Flower Show, now in its 28th Year and of course the Grand Finale with the Massed Pipe Bands, a beautiful spectacle against the backdrop of Ben Bhraggie. Throughout the week there are sports competitions, quizzes and treasure hunts and live music.

Kyle of Sutherland Gala Week- Saturday 30 until Sunday 7 August 2016
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Last year’s week included: Fete with Craft & Food tent, Sideshows, Games, Fire Brigade, Bouncy Castle, Burger Van, Ice Cream Van, Hook a Duck, Music, Tractor Display & Dog Agility Display. The rest of the week was packed with activities such as a Pet Show, Car Treasure Hunt, Bushcraft Survival, Flower Show, Sports Sessions, Cycling, Disco, Children’s Sports, Pub Quiz and Treasure Hunts, as well as a Whist Drive, a trip to the Black Isle Show and much, much more!

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Late Availability and Offers

See below for available accommodation 

Planning a last minute short break in Scotland?  Why not make more of your holiday and Visit Dornoch?

Take advantage of late availability at some of the following B&Bs, Guesthouses and Self Catering accommodation and check out offers at shops and restaurants.

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