Dornie Hotel - Dornie, by Kyle of Lochalsh, Ross-shire Scotland IV40 8DT

the Dornie Hotel, Dornie,
by Kyle of Lochalsh,
Ross-shire Scotland IV40 8DT

Tel: +44-(0)1599 555 205 / Fax: +44-(0)1599 555 429

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As a centre for touring, Dornie is an ideal base for exploring the beauty of Scotland's West Highlands and Wester Ross, conveniently situated close to several important touring routes including the picturesque road over the Ratagan Pass to Glenelg and Loch Hourn. Kyle of Lochalsh and the Skye Bridge is only 8 miles away making it easy to explore the magical Isle of Skye, and the road north leads to Strathcarron, Lochcarron and Torridon. Loch Maree, Gairloch and the famous Inverewe Gardens are also all within an easy day's return drive.

the Splendid View from the Ratagan Pass nearby, looking back across Loch Duich towards Dornie and the mountains of Kintail

The surrounding area is one of peace and tranquility, and a haven for naturalists and birdwatchers: red deer are plentiful, the heron can be seen fishing on the Loch, whilst the golden eagle flies overhead. Loch and river fishing and sea-angling are available, with boat hire and fishing tackle available locally. 

For the hardened walker and mountaineer, the region is unrivalled, with some of the finest ridge walking in Scotland on both the Five Sisters of Kintail only a few miles away and the well-known South Glen Shiel Ridge offering many miles of exciting walking. 

Nearby, walks to Glen Affric with superb views from the mountains are easily attained. Historically, there are castles and abbeys to see, including Dunvegan Castle and the famous Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness.

the Mallaig / Sleat ferry to the Isle of Skye

Eilean Donan Castle

Lying only a 5 minute walk from the Dornie Hotel, Eilean Donan Castle is the area's prime historical attraction, and has a rich and interesting history. 

The ancestral home of the Clan MacRae, the Castle dates back to the year 1220. It was originally built by Alexander II to guard against Viking invasions from the West, and later belonged to the Earls of Seaforth. 

During its turbulent history, it saw many a skirmish, but it was during the period of the first Jacobite Rebellion, when it was garrisoned by Spanish troops who supported the Jacobite cause, that it finally succumbed: coming under heavy fire from three English frigates in 1719, it was almost reduced to rubble. 

Eilean Donan Castle - seat of the Clan MacRae

It remained in this condition for 200 years until, in 1912, Colonel John MacRae decided to spend the vast sum of 250,000 over a 20 year period to reconstruct it for the benefit of future generations. 

The Castle today remains in the custody of the MacRae family.

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- The Dornie Hotel - Proprietors: Paul & Suzanne Meikle -
by Kyle of Lochalsh, Ross-shire Scotland IV40 8DT
Tel: 01599 555 205 - Fax: 01599 555 429 - Email:

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