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Dornoch in Sutherland is the place to go in the Highlands where you can enjoy serenity, seclusion, bags of history and a decent cappuccino!

What could offer more perfect an introduction to the beautiful top bits of Scotland than an invitation to a Highland wedding. The bride was beautiful in white and her handsome groom was resplendent in tartan. The ensuing Ceilidh shook the Castle rafters and we received a welcome warm enough to melt the outdoor chill ridden air with ease. The next day, after dusting ourselves down, we emerged ready to acquaint ourselves with some of the most haunting and spectacular scenery in the British Isles.

The Royal Burgh of Dornoch is a quiet seaside resort overlooked by what many claim to be one of the best golfing experiences of the Highlands. A popular Highland tourist destination, you can expect to find a delightful thirteenth century cathedral and bags of old world atmosphere and peace.

It hasn't always been so peaceful however, for Dornoch is famed for being the last place in Scotland to have a witch burning. Look out while you are here for the Witch's Stone to commemorate the affair. Several centuries later, the eyes of the world watched the town when everybody’s favourite pop queen Madonna came here for her son’s christening (as well as her own).

Although all the buildings and the atmosphere in Dornoch take you back to yester year, there is, surprisingly, no need to totally abandon all those hard to live without indulgences of metro life. Never failing to disappoint, Dornoch delivers fine cuisine, double expressos and dram loads of fabulous traditional Highland hospitality without raising so much as an eyebrow.

Dornoch is a good touring base for many sightseeing attractions and interesting towns. On the way up to Dornoch, you may pass the old Viking town of Dingwall, famous for ‘giving birth’ to Macbeth. Look out for the small but perfectly formed Dingwall Canal and the immensely stunning Cromarty Firth. Well situated for visiting exuberant historic residences, Dornoch is within easy reach of Skibo Castle, 14th century Dunrobin Castle and Wick Castle from the twelfth century.

 

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