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Bay Dornoch Hotel, Dornoch

The Highlands

Bay Dornoch Hotel

Customer Rating: (4 Customer Reviews)

At a glance;

  • Situated next to the Royal Dornoch Golf Course
  • Picturesque views of the Dornoch Firth's sandy beaches
  • Moments away from the centre of the Fairtrade town of Dornoch
  • Excellent base for exploring Loch Fleet Nature Reserve and the scenery of Scotland's far north
  • Other attractions include the 12th Century Dornoch Cathedral, the Witch's stone and more

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Hotel information

A trip to Scotland’s far north opens up a charming world of remote scenery with empty beaches, moorland terrain and impressive lochs to explore.

Set in its own grounds overlooking the Royal Dornoch Golf Course and the beautiful sandy beaches of the Dornoch Firth this is a truly grand and impressive building. Inside the hotel you will be greeted by a fine sweeping staircase and a warm Highland welcome.

From the relaxing Sun Lounge you can admire the superb views and watch the world go by or enjoy a drink in the wood-panelled Lounge Bar.

The Four Seasons and Links restaurants within the hotel offer great dining options. For the energetic, there is a (seasonal) pitch and putt golf course in the hotel grounds and for serious golfers there is always Royal Dornoch golf course next door.

The hotel has a car park is located directly in front of the building.

Great for

  • Walking
  • Gardens

Bay Dornoch Hotel Superior Room

Typical Superior Room at Bay Dornoch Hotel

Our Superior Rooms are more spacious and tastefully refurbished, they offer luxurious beds, a 26 inch digital flat screen television. The spacious bathrooms have been refitted with shower over bath. These rooms also come with the facilities to make yourself a hot drink.

  • 26 inch digital flat screen television
  • En-suite bathrooms with shower over bath
  • Spacious rooms
  • Hair dryer and shaving point

Bay Dornoch Hotel Standard Room

Typical Standard Room at Bay Dornoch Hotel

Our Standard Rooms are charming and have everything you would expect. The rooms have digital televisions, tea and coffee making facilities as well as an en-suite bathroom. 

  • En-suite and WC
  • Telephone
  • Digital television
  • Shaving point

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Hotel Accessibility

Here at Bay Hotels we want you to have the best short break possible. We are happy to provide advice to guests with special needs who wish to take breaks at our Hotels. In order to avoid disappointment and/or misunderstandings, please contact us on 01942 496 507 to discuss any needs that you may have.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do you have single rooms?
    Yes, in most of our hotels.

  • Do you take dogs and pets?
    We do not allow dogs and pets into our hotels, with the exception of guide dogs.

  • Do you have lifts in all hotels?
    We have lifts in most of our hotels.

  • What time is check in time?
    3pm in the afternoon.

  • What time is check out time?
    10am in the morning.

  • Do you have smoking rooms?
    We do not allow smoking in any parts of our hotels.


Located along the stunning east coast of Sutherland. A particularly lovely holiday area with the best sunshine record in northern Scotland.

How to get there

By Car:

FROM THE SOUTH: From the A9, turn off onto the A949, signposted Dornoch. Follow this road until you reach the crossroads at Castle Street. At the crossroads, go straight on onto Grange Road. The hotel is about 500 yards on the left hand side.

FROM THE NORTH: From the A9, turn off onto the B9168 (Poles Road), signposted Dornoch. As you reach the crossroads. At the T-junction, turn left onto Castle Street, then at the crossroads, go straight on onto Grange Road. The hotel is about 500 yards on the left hand side.

By Train:

The nearest railway station is Tain, 10 miles away, which has a limited service from Inverness, 45 miles away. (Rail enquiries to 08457 484950).

By National Express:

Service to Inverness, National Express enquiries to 08705808080 then service to Dornoch, Scottish Citylink enquiries to 08705 505050.

By Bus:

Service number 25x operates from Inverness and Tain to Dornoch. Alternatively Scottish Citylink operates from Inverness to Dornoch. The hotel is 10 minutes walk from the town centre.

By Taxi:

McKay’s Taxis on 01862 810162

Bay Dornoch Hotel

Bay Dornoch Hotel

Grange Road


Highland Region

IV25 3LF

Res: 01862 810351

Tel: 01862 810351

Local Attractions

The following places, attractions and things to do are easily reached from Dornoch:

  • Dornoch Golf Course
  • Shin Falls
  • Dornoch Craft Centre
  • Caithness Glass in Wick
  • John 'O Groats
  • Glenmorangie Distillery
  • Ullapool
  • Dunrobin Castle
  • Caithness Flows

Local Insight

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.

  • Dunrobin Castle
    Dunrobin Castle is the most northerly of Scotland's great houses. It is the largest house in the highlands, with 189 rooms and is one of Britains oldest continuously inhabited houses, dating in part from the early 1300s. The Gardens were laid out in 1850 by the architect Sir Charles Barry, who was responsible for the Victorian extension to the Castle and who designed the Houses of Parliament. The arrangement of the Gardens, inspired by those at Versailles, have changed little in the 150 years since they were planted. Despite its location so far north, the sheltered Gardens are able to support a surprising range of plants. Displays of the ancient sport of falconry take place in the gardens each day.
    Visit their website

  • Glen Grant Distillery and Garden
    From the moment it was first created in 1840, the clean distinctive taste and pale gold colour of Glen Grant have set it apart from other single malt Scotch whiskies. This makes a visit to Glen Grant such a special experience. Discover the mysteries of malt whisky making and the extraordinary life and times of the distillery's most famous guardian, Major James Grant. Then relax and appreciate the subtle flavours of Glen Grant for yourself in "Major Grant's Study". Spirited, fresh and light, the essence of Glen Grant is reflected in the woodland setting of the distillery where dappled sunlight and pure Highland air and water come together in the enchanting informal garden.
    Visit their website

  • Royal Dornoch Golf Club
    Royal Dornoch Golf Club is spellbinding and many golfers from all over the world make the pilgrimage to this natural links at some point in their lives. It's the timeless setting that makes Royal Dornoch such a pleasing place to play golf. It's wild, isolated and, at the same time, absolutely beautiful; there's the blaze of colour in early summer when the gorse is in flower. The pure white sandy beach divides the links from the Dornoch Firth and it all feels very humbling. Ostensibly the course itself is pretty straightforward: it's an out-and-back layout. Many of the greens, though, are built on natural raised plateaus making approach play especially challenging. Most people know about Royal Dornoch and many have this course on their must-play list.
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  • Historylinks Museum
    The museum is dedicated to the history of Dornoch parish. The permanent exhibition shows the Cathedral, feuding clans, the shameful burning of Scotland’s last condemned witch and the treachery and violence of Picts and Vikings. Current displays show a golf professional’s workshop where Donald Ross honed his skills, an unusual insight into Andrew Carnegie at home in Skibo and historic objects and local tales to give a precious insight into  the lives of ordinary, and not so ordinary Dornoch folk.
    Visit their website

Great for

  • Walking
  • Gardens


Entertainment Programme
 On Monday Evenings
An evening of Music and Song
The Marlettes
Vocal & Instrumental Duo
On Tuesday  Evenings
An evening of entertainment
Graeme Bell
Male Vocalist
On Thursday Evenings
Top International Keyboard/Vocalist
Ronnie Ross
with an appearance from Scottish Piper
Gillian Sutherland

On Friday Evenings
Vocal Instrumentalist
Mike Devine

On Saturday Evenings
An full evening of entertainment with
Ronnie Shaw
Instrumentals & Vocals

On Sunday Evenings
An evening of Music and Song
The Marlettes
Vocal & Instrumental Duo

The entertainment programme advertised is subject to change for reasons beyond our control without prior notice.

Sandy Parley


rating is 5 stars

17 April 2012

Return weekend break

Sandy parley and friends we had lovely break. The Hotel was very good the staff were very friendly always smiling Good choice menu .Hotel requires a bit of TLC .Entertainment was very good will be back later this year. PS keep up the good work.

Sheila Wright

Settle, North Yorkshire

rating is 5 stars

22 September 2010

Our stay at The Dornoch Hotel

My husband and I had just the holiday we wanted. The room was fantastic, with a sea view and very clean. We spent most of our time in the sun lounge just chilling out. The staff were excellent, very helpful. We went on a self drive, there were 3 coaches in it was still very relaxing plus there were the entertainment every night. I am disabled and had no problems at all. On our way back home we both said we would definitely go back soon.

Valerie Cooper


rating is 5 stars

12 July 2010

Trip down memory lane

This was a trip down memory lane for me, having spent my summer holidays as a child in Dornoch. The hotel was brill, cannot fault anything, especially the staff. These guys work so hard and always had a smile. I must say, having worked in coaching hotels in the past, I was a bit apprehensive about the menu on offer, but was pleasantly surprised. It was really good, the lemon tart was to die for. Many thanks to the staff for a very pleasant stay.

Simon Jordan


rating is 5 stars

2 February 2010

I'll go again

My wife and I, plus a couple of friends visited Dornoch and this fine hotel at the beginning of January. Firstly, must I congratulate the Shearings coach drivers, conditions were, well, very snowy. Anyhow, we made it to the hotel around 8.30pm on the Monday evening. A warm welcome was to be had, all the staff were excellent, the entertainment was good, and the free bar till 10pm, even better! The food was plentiful and good, and the rooms were cosy. Ideal for all the snow outside. I'll go again.

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