“As both a golfer and a salmon fisherman, and with House placed amongst some of the best rivers and courses in the country, I have just found my new hideaway.”

A Links House Guest Review, Tripadvisor WELCOME Links House at Royal is about a journey to create a perfect locale, a perfect retreat and a perfect experience. The Links House experience extends well beyond golf. Our sincere hope is we afford you the opportunity to look deeper into the Highlands. Yes there is amazingly charming, strategic golf here but there is also stunning history, country sport, wildlife, restaurants, people, coastlines and so much more.

Here you can feel the history of the Highlands in your bones, smell the ages in the cool, seaside air, view the purple heather upon the mountains and taste spring in the scent of whin bloom. It is about being ‘in the moment’ for more than just a moment. Enjoy early morning journal writing at your bedroom desk, quiet afternoon tea in our sitting room, single malt at sunset on our putting green, and tranquil evenings reading by the fire in our library.

If it is country sport and activities you seek we offer an abundance of the highest quality - perhaps the finest links golf in the world - as well as cycling, fishing, hiking, riding, shooting, stalking and walking.

Like the river’s claim on the salmon’s heart, these are the reasons to return to Links House year after year. So come visit, feel the history, play this wondrous course and experience the Highlands. Come home to Links House at Royal Dornoch.

Todd and Liz Warnock Proprietors

“Our aim at Links House has been to create a perfect retreat and afford you the opportunity to look deeper into the wonders of the well beyond perhaps the finest natural links golf course in the world.” PUBLIC SPACES, GROUNDS & GARDENS The accommodation at Links House is inspiring artwork and a large wood everything you would expect from one burning hearth, offers dramatic views “The luxury of a bespoke of the world’s finest luxury hotels. across the 1st championship tee. small hotel with intimate Our public quarters epitomise a Outside you’ll find flower and public spaces and gardens, sophisticated country manor house, herb gardens and benches inviting set virtually on the 1st tee at whilst the grounds and gardens conversation. Our Sporting Bothy encourage our guests to embrace those provides secure club storage, Royal Dornoch Golf Club.” long, Highland summer evenings angling gear and art supplies for our when the sun never seems to set and guests. Our private putting green is whose colours bath in wonder. maintained by Royal Dornoch’s master greenkeepers. In our drawing room, antiques, art and deep sofas invite you to relax and gaze Links House also features modern out across the stunning links-land. conveniences including comprehensive In our wood-paneled library lined sporting and concierge services, with artwork, browse our extensive personalised bed make-up, private book collection. Our dining room, parking, free WiFi throughout, full en- appointed with Links House tweed, suite bathrooms and Sky TV. BEDROOMS With just eight individually appointed sympathetically designed in the same bedrooms, a stay at Links House is 1843 architectural vernacular of the like visiting your own country house. original building. Each en-suite bedroom is finished with bespoke fabrics echoing a Our bedrooms, complete with Highland colour palette and every exceptionally comfortable reading piece of furniture has been selected chairs and writing desks, are furnished for its timeless beauty. with the finest antiques and period artwork. Our bedrooms enjoy heated Our bedrooms - named after the floors, fine Italian marble, thick eight principal salmon rivers of the luxurious bathrobes and towels, with Highlands - are generously sized cavernous baths and invigorating with the finest beds, linens, furniture power showers. and supplies. The Beauly, Brora, , Oykel and Shin, are The only conundrum is rooms this situated in the main house while nice prove hard to leave. Yet your tee Cassley, Carron and Conon are time, your ghillie call, your antique located across our private putting and castle tour await you! green in The Mews, which has been FINE DINING Links House prides itself on the Fine Wine Cellar Highland Specialties - Single Malt We have also sourced a nice portfolio “The fillet of pan- outstanding quality of the food and Fine food requires an equally fine Whisky and Local Ales of local beers and real ales from fried John Dory was wine offered to our guests, using wine and our cellar is stocked with If you fancy a dram at the end of a nearby breweries. And if you would only the very best in locally sourced thoughtful varietals and vintages. long, satisfying day, we’ve got a few like a cigar, we have a fine collection of perfectly cooked, ingredients. Local fish, lobster, We’ve carefully searched the market treats in store for you. With four Cubans in our humidor langoustines, mussels, Scottish beef, for spectacular wines from the major distilleries on our doorstep served with beautifully lamb and wild game, the Highland’s Continent, America and the New (Balblair, Clynelish, Dalmore and tender scallops and a abundant larder is enjoyed to the full. World. We have sourced with Glenmorangie) we know a thing or particular attention to age, red classic two about great malt whisky. nicely judged asparagus Our restaurant is open to visitors as French Bordeaux and Burgundy, risotto... it was one of the well as guests staying at Links House. big and bold Italian Brunello and Each day brings a different set menu Barolo and California Cabernet. Our best dishes of 2013.” of classic dishes meticulously prepared seafood is complimented by wonderful by our highly experienced chef and Chardonnay, Sancerre and Sauvignon Richard Bath, The Scotsman, served in our beautiful Orangery. Blanc. on Sunday LINKS GOLF IN THE HIGHLANDS Royal Dornoch is the premier links are... reminiscent of those at Augusta the world” - a round here is charming, Castle Stuart Golf Links Brora Golf Club Highland’s Hidden Gems in the Highlands. With Castle Stuart, but smaller, and layout... of the finest thoughtful, seriously strategic and Castle Stuart Golf Links, just one A brilliant traditional course just 30 The Highlands also has numerous the exclusive Carnegie Links at Skibo, resourcefulness.” deeply satisfying. hour’s drive, is an extraordinary minutes north of Dornoch, Brora hidden links played principally by and historic Nairn, the Highlands now golfing and visual treasure. Nestled is also home to the James Braid locals such as the spectacular Moray lay claim to four of the finest links in Nearly historic as the Old Course at When you come here in the height along the Moray Firth, this wonderful Golfing Society. It is considered one Golf Club’s Old (Old Tom Morris the world, all within a 60-mile radius. St Andrews, with views on par with of summer and squeeze in a second venue is undoubtedly of the architect’s real gems, this crafty 1889) and New (Henry Cotton 1979) Further, there are fantastic nearby Turnberry and nuanced crowns, flats, round after dinner, finishing under the best new course in Scotland, yet seaside course speaks to the essence of courses, Hopeman Golf Club (Charles classics at Brora, and and moments and throws as clever as Royal stunning natural light, you’ll realise via its craftsmanship, you would think Highland life - joyful, understated, yet Neaves 1909) whose sea-side par-3 wonderful hidden gems like Moray County Down, you enter another you’ve just enjoyed one of golf ’s truly it was one of its ancient links. confident; an ode to simpler times. 12th is featured in Andrew Ross’s 18 Golf Club and Hopeman Golf Club. world when you make the pilgrimage great experiences. Greatest Scottish Golf Holes (2010) and to Royal Dornoch. For here we leave The Nairn Golf Club Tain Golf Club Cullen Golf Club (Old Tom Morris Royal Dornoch Golf Club the battles fought at Carnoustie, The Carnegie Links at Skibo Castle Nairn Golf Club, just 15 minutes Tain is another traditional course 1870) whose cliff-side eccentric design None of Scotland’s ancient links Muirfield and Troon behind and The Carnegie Links at Skibo Castle, down the Moray Firth from Castle just 15 minutes south of Dornoch. It includes ten par-3’s! courses evoke the romance of Royal return to the simpler joyfulness and just minutes from Links House, is a Stuart, boasts lineage to Old Tom is another Old Tom Morris creation, Dornoch Golf Club. Legends including serenity of the Highlands. hidden gem in an exceptional natural Morris and James Braid. Again, like with ten of Morris’s original holes still Old Tom Morris, Donald Ross and setting with water on three sides. Our all the great Links it runs along the sea exactly as he’d imagined. The course Tom Watson have all perfected their Like all the great Links, the wind and relationship with The Carnegie Links where wind and views abound. here is always in immaculate condition craft on these sacred links. No one sea play important roles in a match enables us to provide introductions to It proudly possesses among the fastest and a warm welcome is guaranteed. has captured Royal Dornoch more here. There are no uninspired or play this exclusive course. greens in Scotland and played host to accurately than Herbert Warren Wind mean-spirited holes at Royal Dornoch. The Walker Cup in 1999. in his famous 1964 New Yorker article From the vexing par-3 2nd Ord to the asserting “Dornoch’s fairways are... signature par-4 14th Foxy, perhaps better than the Old Course, greens “the most naturally perfect golf hole in

“Dornoch’s fairways are... better than the Old Course, greens are... reminiscent of those at Augusta but smaller, and layout... of the finest resourcefulness.” Herbert Warren Wind, The New Yorker, 1964

EXCLUSIVE USE Links House at Royal Dornoch Corporate Venue Elegant Wedding Receptions is a wonderful choice for truly Links House is ideal for small board Links House is a delightful choice for unforgettable personal events. Our meetings, team-building events or intimate receptions. With our elegant elegant reception rooms, beautifully entertaining clients. The house offers public rooms, beautiful garden and the landscaped gardens, individually WiFi throughout and any additional magnificent backdrop of the Dornoch designed bedrooms and spectacular equipment required can be provided Firth, it is a stunning location for a Highland backdrop create a perfect so that you can relax and focus on Highland wedding. environment for intimate wedding work, away from the stress of the office parties. It is also an ideal location for environment. Celebrate in Style board meetings, team-building events, When it comes to special celebrations, exclusive product launches or for We are also perfectly placed to mix there are very few places that can rewarding your best people for a job business with pleasure with a round match Links House - especially if well done. or two of outstanding golf on Royal you’re a golf lover. Anniversaries, Dornoch or the opportunity to enjoy birthdays and luxury getaways with Whether you are celebrating an some of the other country sports friends take on a special significance anniversary, a wedding, a special nearby. Just ask and we’ll make all the when they’re enjoyed in the freedom of birthday or a new account, our arrangements. your own private country team’s meticulous attention to detail manor home. will ensure your exclusive use of Links House will make it the most If you would like to discuss the memorable experience in every sense. possibility of hiring Links House for exclusive use please contact our General Manager on + 44 (0)1862 810279 or email [email protected]

“Whether you are celebrating an anniversary, a wedding, a special birthday or a new account, our team’s meticulous attention to detail will ensure your exclusive use of Links House will make it the most memorable experience in every sense.”

A Haven for Wildlife Country Sport The North Highlands is home to a Perhaps no other region in Europe stunning array of birds, animals and offers the breadth of country sports plants. Marine life is in abundance occasioned in the Highlands. “Perhaps no other region with regular dolphin and whale Spectacular trout, pike, salmon sightings. Our concierge would be and grilse fishing can be accessed in Europe offers the pleased to arrange wildlife tours without complication. Bird shooting breadth of world-class or photo safaris to experience the is a staple here with several species Highlands wilds first hand. plentiful - duck, grouse, partridge, country sport occasioned pheasant and woodcock. Links House Castles, Lochs and Pre-historic Sites bespoke concierge services include full in the Highlands.” The historic attractions of the region arrangement of country sport outings include - with its with knowledgeable local guides or enchanting fairytale appearance; ghillies. The Castle and Gardens of Mey - a cliff-top castle and holiday retreat of Links House staff can recommend the late Queen Mother; Loch Ness - a variety of beautiful countryside or the largest loch in Scotland and home beach walks as well as more extensive to the Loch Ness Monster; and mountainous day-hikes to explore the Orkney - where you will find Skara remarkable Highland terrain. We can Brae, an exceptionally preserved also arrange guided horse riding along neolithic settlement, awarded World some of the Highlands’ most stunning Heritage Status. vistas. And if you would rather take to the country lanes and forest trails on two wheels, take one of our house bicycles and we will recommend a scenic route.

LINKS HOUSE EXPERIENCES Dornoch North Highlands With its golden sandstone buildings, The North Highlands is steeped in 13th-century cathedral, historic history. Created over 430 million castle and idyllic seaside location, years ago, the region is peppered with Dornoch is one of the Highlands’ most important ancient monuments hill charming towns. It is an exceptional forts, chambered cairns and hut circles place with a rich history and today boasts a charming main street offering There are dozens of stately homes and an eclectic mix of fascinating shops. castles in the North Highlands too. Most have wonderful gardens and Dornoch’s traditional New Year’s Eve almost all welcome visitors. festivities attract visitors from all over the world. In summer, the town is A Whisky Lover’s Dream bathed in the magical light associated If you love malt whisky you’ll be with this northerly latitude. Local in heaven in the North Highlands. pipe bands play regularly in the town Within a short drive from Links House square and whether you chance upon you’ll find world famous distilleries a ceilidh or live music in the local bar, like Glenmorangie and Dalmore everyone is welcome. as well as some boutique malts like Clynelish and Balblair. Dornoch is justifiably proud of its wonderful beaches. Miles of flawless Further afield are the many great white sand stretch from Embo to Speyside malt whisky distilleries. As Dornoch Point and are perfect for well as stocking a huge selection of horse riding or long walks. malts in the Links House cellar, our concierge will be happy to arrange distillery tours. HOW TO FIND US Links House is situated in the Highland village of Dornoch just 43 miles north of .

By air Inverness Airport is served by regular scheduled flights from London Gatwick, London Luton, Belfast City, Manchester and Schiphol, Amsterdam.

By road Dornoch Links House is a mere one hour drive north from Inverness on the A9. Inverness We are just four hours from either highlands Edinburgh to Glasgow & islands By rail “Tom Watson and Inverness is served by a nightly (excluding Saturday) sleeper service Ben Crenshaw visited from London Euston as well as frequent service from Edinburgh Dornoch and their feelings daily. Onward travel from Inverness for the course made the with Scotrail serves nearby Tain and Edinburgh world more aware of it. Golspie stations. Glasgow Yet the landscape and scotland Inverness City Centre to 43 Miles the course features and Links House at Royal Dornoch the town’s ambience - the Inverness Airport to 50 Miles Links House at Royal Dornoch peace one feels there - don’t change, no matter who comes and goes.” Our gardens and Sporting Bothy... virtually on the 1st tee of Royal Dornoch Golf Club Sean Connery, My Season in Dornoch by Lorne Rubenstein LINKS HOUSE Golf Road, Dornoch, Highland, Scotland IV25 3LW +44 (0) 1862 810279 [email protected]