The Thompson family took over the running of the Dornoch Castle Hotel in June 2000. They have spent the past 16 years developing the business to become the recognised institution it has become.

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. 

Simon and Philip's passion for spirits began because of the family business. If it were not for the opportunity to learn the family trade, they would not have gained valuable knowledge and understanding of outstanding spirits.

There interest fully bloomed after returning to the family business after completing their studies. What was interest, appreciation and understanding became passion and on occasion obsession!

Philip & Simon New Year 2001

Philip & Simon New Year 2001

Simon and Philip have managed to 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 2016!

Simon and Philip look forward to welcoming you to our family hotel and sharing a dram with you in our whisky bar. 

Lindores whisky society at Dornoch Castle Hotel, photo by Mr Laphroaig

Lindores whisky society at Dornoch Castle Hotel, photo by Mr Laphroaig