Eating out

Dornoch is home to numerous cafes and its hotels provide several restaurants. The food at the golf club is well above par and don't pass a sign for Capaldi's ices without popping in (the raspberry is particularly delicious). Here's a short list of some of our favourites. Booking a table is highly advisable during the peak Summer holiday period. And we have to put in a word for the brilliant Dornoch Stores on Castle Street - lovely people and shelves packed with the sort of food and drink that makes it feel indulgent to eat at home. tel: 01862 810301


Luigi (Dornoch)

By day a cafe serving homemade cakes, soups, pizzas, fresh salads and seasonal specials, by night a restaurant with a contemporary European menu emphasising Scottish seafood and fresh ingredients. Cafe open daily at 10am. Dinner served 6.45pm - 9pm nightly in Summer months, weekends and additional evenings during Spring and Autumn. Good snacks, good dinners, relaxed and really friendly.

tel: 01862 210893


Sutherland House (Dornoch)

Plenty of traditional Scottish dishes, hearty steaks and ample puddings on a menu of favourites. Dinner served from 6pm nightly except Winter months. Always a warm and friendly welcome.

tel: 01862 811023


The Carnegie Tea Room (Dornoch)

Large airy room in an historic building open from 9am to 5pm in Summer and 10am to 4pm in Winter serving breakfast, lunch and tea plus deli products for sale.

tel: 01862 811632


The Trawler (Golspie)

Very fine fish and chips to eat in or take away and eat by the sea 20 yards away.

tel: 01408 633869


The Birch Tree (Delny, near Invergordon)

Well regarded bistro style restaurant offering accomplished cooking of seasonal produce. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays with booking essential at other times of the week. Half an hour's drive away from Oystercatchers.

tel: 01349 853549


La Mirage (Helmsdale)

This fish and chip restaurant (with take away if you prefer to eat on the harbour wall at the river mouth) is a Highland institution. Retro menu, retro soundtrack, kitsch decor and very generous portions of excellent haddock and chips and other familiar classics. Open for lunch and dinner and forty minutes drive away with sea views all the way.

tel: 01431 821615