Founded in 2015, the Dornoch Whisky Festival is a fun, interesting and immersive way to learn about and discover the wonderful world of malt whiskies. Held in the natural and quirky location Dornoch, in the North Scottish Highlands, the Whisky Festival is the perfect excuse to get out of London and explore a town with so much to offer; fine dining, independent shopping, camping opportunities, golf and thriving wildlife.
The festival highlights some of the most talented local makers. It’s a showcase of the local talent and what they can do, and each business’s knowledge of whisky is broad enough to answer any whisky lovers’ questions. The North Highlands, famous for its whisky production, is the absolute perfect setting for the Dornoch Whisky Festival. Each area has its own unique characteristics, meaning each whisky has its own distinct taste. Spread over various venues in Dornoch, the festival allows guests to get a feel for each business and learn more about them in their own environment. This year’s venues include Dornoch Castle Hotel, The Carnegie Whisky Cellars, The Eagle Hotel, Thompson Bros Distillers, Royal Dornoch Golf Club and last but not least, Links House at Royal Dornoch.
If you’re not from Dornoch and are looking to make a weekend staycation of the festival, make use of Links House’s exclusive package for guests of the whisky extravaganza. The bespoke package includes a three night stay, two whisky dinners at the hotel restaurant – one 8-course tasting menu, and one 5-course tasting menu with sensory immersion. Both dinners will be paired with whiskies hand selected by experts. The first evening will be hosted by Distillery Manager of The Macallan, Polly Logan, and second night will be led by Jaqueline James-Bow, Manager of Clynelish Distillery. Plus, on the Sunday, Links House will team up with Mac and Wild and Dunnet Bay Distillers to serve up a sizzling BBQ brunch to showcase their ‘Red Snappers’ gin-based bloody marys.
October 25 – 28
Dornoch Whisky Festival: Dornoch, Scotland
Links House at Royal Dornoch: Golf Road, Dornoch IV25 3LW
Book your tickets to the festival at dornochwhiskyfestival.com.
Book your stay at Links House at linkshousedornoch.com or call 44 (0)1862 810279. Prices for a Main House Deluxe Room: Single – £1,190. Double – £1,590. Twin Share – £890 pp