An outstanding opportunity to acquire an historic castle hotel

The Property

• 22 en-suite bedrooms • Bar and restaurant • Walled garden • Historic Property dating from 15th century • Full Service hotel • Outstanding business opportunity • Popular with International Golfers

Dornoch Castle Hotel is constructed of stone and slate with a more modern extension at the rear. Particular features of the castle are a 5-storey tower at the south west side and large chimney dating from the 1500s on the south side. The castle became a hotel in 1947 and great care has been taken to preserve the historic character of the building. The current owners are only the 3rd since 1947. This property is listed Grade B by Historic Scotland and lies within a conservation area.

Below is a brief description of the accommodation.

Restaurant -The restaurant is conservatory style and has space for up to 70 covers, which looks into the attractive walled garden which has additional outdoor seating.

The Vault – A private dining and tasting room for up to 10, converted from an original cellar.

Reception/Foyer Bar - The bar, is popular with both hotel guests and locals alike and has a large selection of malt whiskies and a spectacular original open fire place. The walls are also 15th C stonework.

Letting Accommodation: There are 22 en-suite rooms in total, comprising 10 deluxe rooms in the older parts of the building and 12 garden rooms in the modern extension.

The rooms in the older part of the building have stunning architectural features and are fitted out to a luxurious level including hand carved four poster beds, 3 with Jacuzzi baths and 2 with open fires.

Staff accommodation – There are 5 staff rooms available including 3 with en-suites.

Other Areas The property contains a modern kitchen, cellar, dry store, storage rooms, laundry and a management office together with ladies, gentleman and disabled WC’s.

External There is parking to the side and rear of the hotel for guests as well as limitless free street parking. There is an attractive walled garden to the rear of the hotel which is popular for marquees and weddings.

The Business Our clients have owned the hotel since 2000 and have restored this historic building to its former glory. The business has a reputation for quality of hospitality and friendly professional service. Given the proximity to Royal Dornoch Golf Course the hotel continues to attract worldwide clientele attracted by playing one of the world’s top golf courses. The local area is ever popular with tourists and outdoor enthusiasts. The hotel is also sought after as a wedding venue and there is capacity for up to 180 guests with the use of a marquee in the walled garden.

The accommodation, food and beverage and wedding trade has proved to be a successful mix of business shown by the healthy turnover and profits.

There is the further potential to apply to reinstate a planning consent for a bedroom, spa and restaurant extension.

Trading Information Sales for the year 2019 was approximately £1,250,000. Fully audited accounts are available to those genuinely interested after viewing the business. Please contact the selling agents for more details.


Location The Royal Burgh of Dornoch is a historic town centred around its ancient cathedral and is most renowned for its Championship Golf Course which is only a short distance away. Dornoch is ideally placed for outdoor activities and the area is famed for its beautiful coastline, dry climate and quality of life.

The Dornoch Firth is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is home to a wide variety of wildlife including widgeon, graylag geese, mallard, teal and whooper swans. As well as being popular with golfers the area attracts specialist car tours, walkers and cyclists and there is first class shooting, stalking and salmon fishing available on nearby estates and rivers.

The town itself has a good range of shops and services including a health centre as well as a primary school, Academy and University of Highlands and Islands facility including courses for golf and also catering management. For a more comprehensive range of shops and services, Inverness is only 42 miles away. There is a train station in Tain and mainline services run daily from Inverness to London and the South.

Dornoch Castle Hotel is ideally situated in the centre of the town, directly opposite the well known cathedral and in walking distance from the The Royal Dornoch Championship Golf Course, which attracts thousands of golfers from around the world.

Being just off the main A9 road and North Coast 500, it is easily accessible from Inverness and the airport, which has direct links to London and other UK and European destinations. There is also a small airstrip at Dornoch.


From Inverness take the A9 North. Proceed across the Dornoch Firth bridge and after 3 miles take the exit on the right signposted Dornoch. Continue into the village and the Castle Hotel is found opposite the Cathedral.

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Other features

  • Scottish Castle Hotel
  • 22 en-suite bedrooms
  • Bar and restaurant
  • Walled garden
  • Historic Property dating from 15th century
  • Full Service hotel
  • Outstanding business opportunity
  • Popular with International Golfers

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