Self-catering cottage close to Dornoch, Highlands of Scotland. Sleeps four. Royal Dornoch golf course less than a mile away.
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Activities

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Golf

Royal Dornoch golf course is consistently rated in the top 20 golf courses in the world. Golf has been played on Domoch Links since about 1650 or earlier, though the club was not formed until 1877.

Tain Golf Club. A lovely mixture of links and heathiand and a visitor friendly club - but do book in mid-summer.

Golfing at Golspie Golf Club, 8 miles from West Achinchanter, with the Ben Braggie monument behind.Golspie Golf Club. Laid out in the 1890s and redesigned by James Braid in about 1932, there are some outstanding holes - particularly the 9th (par 4) and the par3 16th.

Brora Golf Club. Another “user friendly” club. Sheep mow the fairways but never seem to get in the way. The short holes are always particularly testing if there is a wind blowing.

More golf at: Bonar Bridge, Tarbat, Helmsdale, Invergordon, Alness, Muir of Ord, Strathpeffer, Fortrose. Wick, Thurso and of course, Naim (60 miles).

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Beaches

Dornoch beach - miles of golden sands with a Blue Flag award for safe bathing and the chance to see seals and dolphinsA glorious stretch of dunes and clean sand stretches from the Domoch Firth northwards, with only a couple of interruptions at the Town Burn and Embo, to the mouth of Loch Fleet. Some swim with gusto and apparent safety and others build sandcastles. At 23rd June sunrise is later than sunset but not by a lot. A warm sun means warm sand. Fortunately Midgies, Cleggs and other unpleasant insects keep well to the high ground to the West.

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Climate

The Dornoch Firth at duskDomoch is arguably the most northerly resort in Britain - about the same latitude as Stockholm. Average rainfall is under 30” p.a. and because the tail end of the Gulf Stream finishes up in the Moray Firth the climate is usually less extreme than further inland.

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Fishing

Sutherland - a paradise for anglersMany residents of Domoch spend their leisure hours fishing. This may be from the beach (cod, sole, seatrout, etc.) in the lochs (brown trout) or in the estuaries - salmon and sea trout. Domoch Angling Association is the contact for tickets and boat hire on the lochs. Please ask for full details if you wish to fish.

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Touring

Dunrobin Castle, Golspie -an afternoon trip from West Achinchanter.You can do this by car. You can do this by train. You can do this by bus.

The Historic Burgh and the 12th Century Cathedral you can do on foot.

The train is fun and everyone can enjoy the scenery. Leave the car at Dingwall for a visit to Kyle of Lochalsh and the Isle of Skye. Leave the car at Tam or Golspie for a visit to Wick and Thurso.

A car gives you most flexibility. The very energetic can even manage a visit to Orkney by early boat from John O’Groats.

There are lovely drives to the North Coast, West past Bettyhill to Durness then South and back by Lairg. Or visit the wonderful National Trust gardens at inverewe (about 2.5 hours West), or a boat to the Summer Isles from Achiltibuie (May - Sept.)

Or just explore locally: the woods at Spinningdale, courtesy of The Woodland Trust; The Big Burn at Golspie, courtesy of Sutherland Estates, and many other easy local walks including the Loch Fleet National Nature reserve, with some of Britain's rarest flowers, Ospreys fishing on the loch, and Europe's widest range of winter ducks..

The bus is slightly more adventurous as many more operators may be involved. Tours involving train and Post Bus are possible.

Details from the Tourist Office in The Square, Domoch.

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