Dornoch, Highlands

Dornoch, Highlands

It’s difficult to believe that Scotland’s last executed witch perished in a vat of boiling tar in Dornoch in 1722, because today this graceful village is all happy families. On the coast, this symphony in sandstone bewitches visitors with flowers, greenery and affable locals at every turn.

 

The town is clustered around the 13th century Dornoch Cathedral, which is shaped like a crucifix. The crisscross of light streaming through adjacent stained-glass windows creates a powerful effect. The original building was destroyed in 1570 during a clan feud. Despite some patching up, it wasn’t completely rebuilt until 1837.

 

Dornoch is a must see on your Scotland tours.