Dornoch Castle Hotel

Dornoch Castle Hotel is the home of the Dornoch Distillery. The distillery is located in the grounds of the hotel and the bar has provided a wonderful space to incubate the Thompson Brothers passion for Single Malt Whisky.


Situated in the historic town of Dornoch, Sutherland, the castle boasts a marvellous town centre location and over looks the beautiful and historic Dornoch Cathedral. The globally lamented Royal Dornoch Golf course is 5 minutes walk away as is one of Scotland's most beautiful beaches. 

The Castle holds 22 en-suite bedrooms between the original Castle building and the modern extension with a variety of room types decorated to perfectly compliment the Scottish Castle atmosphere.

Simon and Philip's passion for spirits was founded and developed at Dornoch Castle. If it were not for the opportunity to learn the family trade, they would not have gained valuable knowledge and understanding of outstanding spirits.


Simon and Philip have put Dornoch officially on the whisky map. They have created a glorious whisky bar which is globally recognised as one of the best in Scotland. It has received awards on numerous occasions and is ranked as the No.1 Whisky Hotel on whisky website Whisky Base and has also won the Scottish Licensed Trade News Scottish Whisky Bar of the Year in 2014 and reclaimed the coveted award in 2016!

 Donoch Distillery stands within the castle grounds

Donoch Distillery stands within the castle grounds

The endeavours of the Thompson family and the staff at Dornoch Castle Hotel has resulted in Dornoch becoming a true whisky destination for enthusiasts from all over the world.

We look forward to welcoming you!

 Absent friends - Distilling inspiration

Absent friends - Distilling inspiration