Local Info around Dornie Lodges
Things to see and do in the local area and further afield.
Walking and Hillwalking:
The area around Dornie is a mecca for walking and hillwalking. There is easy access to all grades of walking and climbing for the energetically inclined. Easy lochside and riverside walks start right on the doorstep, and a wealth of more challenging hillwalking is available within a few miles, with the Five Sisters of Kintail and Glenshiel to the South, the Torridon Range in the North, the Cuillin of Skye to the West.
WalkHighlands walks in the Kintail area.
Guided hill-walking in Glen Shiel and surrounding area
Enjoying the Scenery:
This starts when you wake up in the morning ! In Dornie Lodges you’ll overlook Loch Long and the steep hills opposite, with views up the loch or over to Skye it is truly breathtaking. Travel further afield to enjoy the heady mix of coast and mountain the the area is famous for. Visit Plockton, Loch Carron, and Applecross via the Bealach na Ba (Pass of the cattle), with stupendous views west to Skye and the other islands.
Boat Trips and Land Trips:
One of the best ways to appreciate the surroundings is to see them from the water, and a number of excellent boat trips are available.
Seal spotting trips at Plockton
Wildlife & Cuillin scenery from Elgol in Skye
1-day mini bus tour of Skye from Kyle
In Dornie the Clachan Bar and the Dornie Hotel offer warm hospitality and a good range of food and drink.
Eilean Donan Castle
Dornie’s most famous landmark is the world-renowned romantic Eilean Donan Castle, possibly the most photographed castle in the country. You can walk to the castle in 15 minutes from Dornie Lodges. www.eileandonancastle.com
You can still cross the sea to Skye on the community run Glenelg ferry, the world’s last seagoing, manually operated turntable ferry. Before you take the ferry visit the iron-age Brochs (fortified dwellings), and have a drink in the traditional Glenelg Inn.
Balmacara Estate and Lochalsh Woodland Garden is a hidden gem. Owned by the National Trust for Scotland it offers beautiful and easy woodland walks with fantastic views over Loch Alsh, and fascinating insights into agricultural tradition.
The Isle of Skye
Dornie is a great base for visiting Skye. The bridge to Skye is only 10 minutes drive from Dornie, and the island is always ranked highly in “the worlds best islands”. Apart from its sheer scenic beauty the list of places to visit in Skye is almost endless but we’d recommend the Talisker Distillery, Dunvegan Castle, the harbour at Portree, The Quirang and the Storr in the North, and Isle Ornsay in the South to name but a few – oh yes – and the Cuillins.