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. Its tranquil location, scenery and climate have attracted visitors for decades. Some come to test their golfing skills on Royal Dornoch's championship course, or to walk and view wildlife in the National Nature Reserve at nearby Loch Fleet. Others simply want to relax and enjoy our unhurried way of life.
Once the spiritual and administrative capital of Sutherland, Dornoch remains a thriving community today. Small in population (under 2500) but large in hospitality, Dornoch offers visitors and residents a wide range of shops and businesses, five hotels, two golf courses, two schools, a further and higher education college and an award-winning sandy beach. Its fine buildings include the 13th Century cathedral, a bishop's palace (now a hotel), courthouse and old town jail. Sandstone cottages and town houses line its peaceful streets and lanes.
Dornoch might feel off the beaten track, but it's only an hour from Inverness Airport, five minutes from the A9, and now has 8MB BT Broadband internet access. Small individual specialist shops offer a range of services and goods alongside larger stores.
The Dornoch Area Community Interest Company (DACIC) would like your help to complete the "Why Dornoch?" survey, which is available on line at
Please take a few minutes to answer the questions - just one page! Your responses will help DACIC find out what is special about Dornoch so that they can more effectively promote the town.
For Dornoch Community Council Census figures for 2011 click here