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Dornoch Whisky Festival

Dornoch Whisky Festival Welcome to the Dornoch Whisky Festival! We're glad you found your way here. We offer you the perfect chance for all things whisky up here in the Highlands of Scotland.

Dornoch Whisky Festival is a celebration of Scottish Whisky in the North Highlands. We offer whisky tastings, paired whisky dinners, cocktails, gins, music and lots of other fun whisky themed events!

Operating as usual

02/11/2021

Hello! We are back again to say thank you - which I know, we have said a lot this weekend but we honestly cannot thank those of you who have supported us enough. 🧡
That goes to you, our wonderful attendees, our amazing exhibitors who supported us and everybody who sent us well wishes for this year. We've said it once and we'll say it a million times more, we are blown away by your support for this wee festival 🥰
You have made this year - which could've gone either way - such a cracking event and we hope you all enjoyed yourselves!
We'll be back again on the 28th - 30th October 2022, so get that date in your diary as we can't wait already! 🥃

How's everybody's Saturday night going? This is how we've spent ours - decanting just some of the Pick 'N' Mix bottles t...
23/10/2021

How's everybody's Saturday night going? This is how we've spent ours - decanting just some of the Pick 'N' Mix bottles that is, not just spending ages trying to photograph them in such an original way 😉 It's been awesome seeing everyone's selections so now, because of dram envy, we're gunna go enjoy a dram ourselves.
If you want your Pick 'N' Mix packs to arrive in time for the festival, get your order in tomorrow, but you can order all the way up to the 31st.
Happy Saturday night!

We sent some Pick 'N' Mix orders across the Atlantic yesterday! 🥳To make sure you get your UK delivery Pick 'N' Mix dram...
20/10/2021
Products – Dornoch Whisky Festival

We sent some Pick 'N' Mix orders across the Atlantic yesterday! 🥳
To make sure you get your UK delivery Pick 'N' Mix drams delivered in time for this years Dornoch Whisky Festival, pop an order in by Sunday!
We start shipping on Monday 🧡
https://dornochwhiskyfestival.com/shop/

You may purchase more than one pack but will have to add the first set of drams, click add to basket, then go back and select the second set.

Hello, whisky lovers!Our Pick ‘N’ Mix is ready to go!If you could please make your way in an orderly fashion to our Pick...
07/10/2021

Hello, whisky lovers!
Our Pick ‘N’ Mix is ready to go!
If you could please make your way in an orderly fashion to our Pick ‘N’ Mix page where you will be able to select 6 drams (out of over 80!) for this years’ stand-in of the Grand Tasting. 🧡
https://buff.ly/3uNZ7OW

Hello Whisky Lovers!We are back with events! We have in-person tastings, zooms and although we don't have a Grand Tastin...
02/10/2021

Hello Whisky Lovers!
We are back with events! We have in-person tastings, zooms and although we don't have a Grand Tasting this year, we are delighted to introduce our first ever Pick 'N' Mix! 🥃
More details on the website but if you have any questions whatsoever, just drop us a line! 🧡
www.dornochwhiskyfestival.com

With the announcement of Scotland going into Level 0, we realised we couldn't hold out any longer and we would update yo...
26/07/2021
2021 Updates – Dornoch Whisky Festival

With the announcement of Scotland going into Level 0, we realised we couldn't hold out any longer and we would update you on the plans for this years Dornoch Whisky Festival – or, as it is currently known as, the ‘Not Quite the Dornoch Whisky Festival’, as once again, sadly, it will not quite be what we know and love.

Our website has the full details and can be seen here: https://dornochwhiskyfestival.com/2021-updates/

With last week’s announcement of Scotland going into Level 0, we realised we couldn’t hold out any longer and we would update you on the plans for this years Dornoch Whisky Festival – or, as it is currently known as, the ‘Not Quite the Dornoch Whisky Festival’, as once again, sadly, it wi...

31/10/2020

Another massive thank you is in order for this evenings tasing! A very stormy night in Dornoch and we thought we may have a power cut, but thankfully not! There were some fantastic guesses for tonight's blind tasting & we hope a couple of surprises for the reveal! Like last night, we'll do a proper update after this weekend but just a thank you again 😊

30/10/2020

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who attended the first of our Not Quite The Dornoch Whisky Festival 2020 Thompson Bro's event - try saying that 5 times with their drams in you! It was so great to have you all there and with an amazing selection of drams, great questions & fantastic insight from everyone it really did make the night wonderful!
We'll give more of an update about tonight's tasting later, but just wanted to say a quick thank you from all of us 😊

Well, we're sad (yet not surprised) to find out that we won't be able to go ahead with any of our in-person events. Than...
22/10/2020
Blind Tasting Tour Around Scotland - 7pm Saturday 31st October | Dornoch Whisky Festival

Well, we're sad (yet not surprised) to find out that we won't be able to go ahead with any of our in-person events.
Thankfully, we do have the golf this weekend to enjoy! ⛳️ A sold-out Thompson Bro’s Tasting on the 30th 🤩 and a few tickets to the Blind Tasting Tour Around Scotland (31st) still available to give us our whisky and travel fix! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🥳
Shipping deadline is Friday (22nd) for outside the UK & Monday (26th) for UK deliveries. 📦
Local pickups at The Carnegie Whisky Cellars are available up until the event! 🧡
www.dornochwhiskyfestival.co.uk/product-page/blind-tasting-tour-around-scotland

Join General Manager, Michael Hanratty of the Carnegie Whisky Cellars for a blind whisky tasting that takes in a 2cl (20ml) dram from each of the six whisky regions of Scotland. We haven't been able to travel as much this year to our favourite whisky destinations, so join us to do so virtually! Join...

Good afternoon!We hope your Monday is going well – if not, we have something that should make it better!We have tickets ...
12/10/2020

Good afternoon!

We hope your Monday is going well – if not, we have something that should make it better!

We have tickets available for the Not Quite The Dornoch Whisky Festival, 2020! 🥳🤩🥳🥰🥳🧡
To get your tickets, just follow the link: http://www.dornochwhiskyfestival.co.uk/events

Hello! We missed you! 🧡Looking back at our last post we feel so naïve, so blindsided! We had such great plans for this y...
06/07/2020
Dornoch Whisky Festival 2020: COVID-19 Update

Hello! We missed you! 🧡

Looking back at our last post we feel so naïve, so blindsided! We had such great plans for this year, a few were already in place by the time we wrote that happy go lucky Hogmanay post! Alas, 2020 has not turned out to be quite the year that we had hoped here at DWFHQ and across the world!

Now, unfortunately, due to everything that’s been going on and the pure uncertainty of it all, we have made the very (VERY) difficult decision to cancel this year's Grand Tasting and ultimately, the Dornoch Whisky Festival as you know it. The heath and safety of you, our community and everyone involved in the Dornoch Whisky Festival is paramount to us.

We had hoped that we could wait it out and still be able to bring you our event with only a few minor changes but at this late a stage and the governmental advice we’ve been given, this just isn’t possible. We hope you understand. 😔

But what we will say is we are working extremely hard to bring you something special so that you can still get your Dornoch Whisky Festival fix and we’ll let you know about that as soon as we have it all finalised.

Of course, to end on a high note, we will be back in full force with all the events you love with and some amazing additions next year between the 22nd – 24th of October! Mark it in the diaries and we’ll see you then!

So, we ask, for a little bit longer, leave it with us and we’ll update you when we’ve figured everything out. We’ve written a post for those of you who want to know a little bit more and you can see it on our website.

Stay safe 🧡

Dornoch Whisky Festival update on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Happy New Year!! 🥳🤩🥃Welcome to a new year and a new decade! We'll always love the 10's because it was the decade we star...
01/01/2020

Happy New Year!! 🥳🤩🥃

Welcome to a new year and a new decade! We'll always love the 10's because it was the decade we started our wee festival and the decade we met you! But here's to 2020 and making new friends, new memories and bringing you the best events we possibly can!

Have a good one, wherever you are 🧡

#HappyNewYear #HeresTo2020 #Dornoch #Whisky

Merry Christmas to all our friends - old, new and still to be made! We hope you're having a wonderful day! 🎄🛷❄️🧡
25/12/2019

Merry Christmas to all our friends - old, new and still to be made! We hope you're having a wonderful day! 🎄🛷❄️🧡

Dornoch Whisky Festival's cover photo
02/11/2019

Dornoch Whisky Festival's cover photo

31/10/2019

So, we put off writing this post for a little while just because we didn’t want this years Dornoch Whisky Festival to be over – but we’ve finally accepted it now, and really cannot thank all of you who have supported us enough!

We wrote a list of everyone who we’d like to thank, but really it got too long since this festival is not put together by one group of people, but by a whole host of teams, supporters and our wonderful community that all contribute to making our wee festival what it is.

A few people who we would like to mention include our remarkable Dornoch venues for their high calibre of events, impressive knowledge and creators of a wonderful atmosphere; the amazing and innovative exhibitors who attended our most successful Grand Tasting yet; the truly amazing BlackRock Ceilidh Band that kept our energy sky high on Saturday night; the phenomenal exhibitors of our Community Market who brought a whole host of fantastic products and produce to our town, and of course, our thanks to the legendary whisky makers of The Macallan, Polly, Russell and Steven for joining us this year and sharing their knowledge.

We can't wait to do it all over again next year, so we'll hopefully see you all in 2020!

Sláinte

27/10/2019

We've had a cracking weekend so far & now for the final marquee event, our community market! We're all set up and ready to go so come look at some wonderful products from Highland Candles, Alsorts Arts & Crafts, Astle Honey, D Lish, PERK Coffee & Doughnuts, Pitcalzean House Highlands, Jumping Goats Dairy, Let's Go Equestrian, Orkney Finest, Diamond Paintings by Jo, The Carnegie Whisky Cellars, Highland Whisky Chocolates, KA Images, Eco Ness, Dornoch Social Club - DADCA, StarDreme, Get Fudged Highland, The Peedie Thistle
Come say Hi! 🎉🤩😍

Today is the day!! The Dornoch Whisky Festival officially begins at 1pm today! Make sure to grab a programme from any of...
25/10/2019

Today is the day!! The Dornoch Whisky Festival officially begins at 1pm today! Make sure to grab a programme from any of the fantastic venues hosting events or in the Dornoch Visitor Centre located in the Carnegie Courthouse.
Remember we're here to help if you need us! :)

24/10/2019

It's tomorrow! The Dornoch Whisky Festival begins tomorrow! This time in 24 hours, Julie from Elixir Distillers will be kicking off the 2019 Dornoch Whisky Festival with her Port Askaig Tasting!
We cannot wait to see you all! If you need anything over the weekend, be sure to give us a shout on any of the social medias or through the website - we'll have our phones charged and ready to help if you need us!

Beautiful day in #Dornoch to be getting the @northofscotlandmarquees marquee up for this weekend at the gorgeous @dornoc...
24/10/2019

Beautiful day in #Dornoch to be getting the @northofscotlandmarquees marquee up for this weekend at the gorgeous @dornochcastlehotel

Not long now!!!

#DornochWhiskyFestival #DWF #WhiskyWeekend #WeekendPland #ScotchSunday #Whiskey

Links House at Royal Dornoch
24/10/2019
Links House at Royal Dornoch

Links House at Royal Dornoch

Our weekend plans for the Dornoch Whisky Festival have made it into the prestigious Robb Report.

"If a spot of spontaneity suits in the coming days, as part of the annual Dornoch Whisky Festival, Links House is hosting three events, in addition to all the other events taking place in Dornoch, during the weekend of 25 to 28 October. The weekend includes two whisky dinners in the Links House restaurant, the first being an eight-course tasting menu and the second dinner being a sensory event with a five-course tasting menu, both hosted by experts from Macallan and Clynelish. On the Sunday, Links House are teaming up with Mac and Wild and Dunnet Bay Distillers, to provide a Sunday BBQ brunch showcasing ‘Red Snappers’ – the delicious Rock Rose Gin-based bloody Marys"

Look what we've got! 🧡🥃🎉The Dornoch Whisky Festival bottling & some programmes for the weekend! This bottle is number 5 ...
23/10/2019

Look what we've got! 🧡🥃🎉
The Dornoch Whisky Festival bottling & some programmes for the weekend!
This bottle is number 5 of only 175 and this one will be part of the Dornoch Whisky Festival #raffle draw! Bottle number five for our fifth year, of course 😉

For the other 174 bottles, unfortunately they cannot be pre-ordered but can be purchased (maximum of 2 per customer) from 11am on Saturday 26th October from the @carnegiewhiskycellars
The programme, however, can be picked up now in various Dornoch venues with no maximum per customer and pre-orders are welcome! 😁

#DornochWhiskyFestival
#DWF #independentbottling #singlecask #festival #festivalbottle #raffleprizes #thisweekend #Dornoch

Can't wait for these events over the weekend! 🤩🥃😊Make sure you've booked your tickets: https://www.dornochwhiskyfestival...
23/10/2019

Can't wait for these events over the weekend! 🤩🥃😊
Make sure you've booked your tickets: https://www.dornochwhiskyfestival.com/buy-tickets

These weekend we have the following events on -
Friday Gin Tasting @8pm - £15 a ticket for 4 gins with mixers- call or message us to book your place
Friday 9.30pm - Entertainment with local singer David Munro

Sunday 1.30pm - a tasting of some fantastic local malts - 4 great whiskies for £25! Tickets can be booked either by calling or messaging us at the Eagle!

Would the DWF really be the same without the glorious Old & Rare? It's a Dornoch Whisky Festival staple after all! Join ...
21/10/2019

Would the DWF really be the same without the glorious Old & Rare? It's a Dornoch Whisky Festival staple after all! Join the Thompson Bros, Phil & Simon Thompson, whilst they guide you in a tasting of old, rare and vintage whiskies held in The Vault @ Dornoch Castle!
The drams of the afternoon will be:
Chichibu Bar Kitchen Cask | Springbank 1974 | Miltonduff 40 year old | Speyside Region 1973 | Laphroaig 1989 | Glen Moray 1971 http://bit.ly/2AYPRMY

Links House at Royal Dornoch
21/10/2019

Links House at Royal Dornoch

We are delighted to announce that in addition to our incredible celebrations at Links House across the weekend of the Dornoch Whisky Festival we will be joined by special guest Stewart Bowman who is the Distillery Manager at Brora for our Sensory Tasting Dinner on Saturday 26th October.

This is a unique event where you can immerse yourself in the comfortable luxury of Links House and learn all about one of our finest highland whiskies from those that know it best.

https://www.linkshousedornoch.com/offers/dornoch-whisky-festival-weekend-at-links-house/

Teaming up with local BBQ wiz kids and Dunnet Bay Distillers to brighten up Sunday Brunch! Enjoy an elegant Sunday Brunc...
21/10/2019

Teaming up with local BBQ wiz kids and Dunnet Bay Distillers to brighten up Sunday Brunch! Enjoy an elegant Sunday Brunch with attitude and Red Snappers! (Gin Based Bloody Mary’s - first one on us!)
Chef Javi’s Food, Mac & Wild Fire and Rock Rose Spice – The perfect Sunday Brunch! http://bit.ly/2IEtbG1

A main stay at the Dornoch Whisky Festival, this Independent Bottling Master Class hosted by Michael Hanratty, General M...
20/10/2019

A main stay at the Dornoch Whisky Festival, this Independent Bottling Master Class hosted by Michael Hanratty, General Manager at the Carnegie Whisky Cellars. Michael puts single cask bottlings from a range of independent bottlers
head to head in this blind tasting. Each of the Carnegie Whisky Cellars independent bottlers are invited to put a bottle forward that showcases their companies core values and cask selection. A description for each whisky and company is given by Michael as he looks to highlight each company unique features. All whiskies are scored during the tasting with feedback being provided back to each of the companies involved, this has been popular with our Independent bottlers as the look to showcase a specific item against their competition. This tasting has sold out each year with last year’s customers tasting 141 years’ worth of whisky in one sitting. http://bit.ly/2pfQwH5

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Dornoch Whisky Festival is a celebration of whisky in the North Highlands held on the last weekend of October annualy. During our 4-day event we have whisky themed dinners, distillery tours, master classes, blind tastings and VIP tastings - basically something for everyone regardless of your level of knowledge of whisky!

Our main aim is to create a centre of excellence for whisky in Dornoch, building on the success of many wonderful independently owned business who contribute to the Dornoch Whisky Festival.

Keep up to date with our festival, news and announcements on our website here: www.DornochWhiskyFestival.com

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Another fantastic year at the Dornoch Whisky Festival Looking forward to 2020 already!
Set to be a fantastic weekend at the Dornoch Whisky Festival!
Dornoch Whisky Festival events at the The Eagle Dornoch this weekend
Just one more day to go before our annual Dornoch Whisky Festival! There is so much taking place around the town so make sure you take a look at the program and head down to get involved!
CELEBRATING LOCAL SCOTTISH PRODUCE & PARTNERSHIPS - As part of our celebrations around the Dornoch Whisky Festival we are hosting a sensory dinner at Links House in partnership with Clynelish. This unique event is on Saturday 26th October and our special guest Jaqueline James-Bow (Clynelish Distillery Manager) who will talk you through the story of this wonderful local distillery as well as let you experience some very select samples of their whiskies. Join us for this incredible event... Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Deal from £370 in our Manse House Rooms including: - 5 Course Sensory Dinner - Entry to the Whisky Festival - Free Entry to the Ceilidh Upgrade to a room in our Mews House, Glenshiel House or our stunning Mallart Penthouse Apartment. Mews - £50 Glenshiel - £100 Mallart - £200 https://www.linkshousedornoch.com/offers/dornoch-whisky-festival-weekend-at-links-house/
Another amazing event taking place during the Dornoch Whisky Festival #dornochwhiskyfestival
Last bottles now announced for the superb G&M dinner at Dornoch Castle Hotel . Mortlach 1936 /45 year Tomintoul 1968-2012 Convalmore 1975-2015 . 3 tickets left - book via Dornoch Whisky Festival!
Take a look at the programe for the Dornoch Whisky Festival and book your tickets for this fantastic weekend in Dornoch at the end of October #Dornochwhiskyfestival
Not into whisky but enjoy gin? This is your chance to get involved in a gin tasting during the Dornoch Whisky Festival #Dornoch #Localevents
Join us for an incredible Sensory Dinner with Clynelish - a 5 Course Tasting Menu paired with a selection of whiskies and hosted by Jacqueline James-Bow the Manager at the Clynelish Distillery. This is one part of our celebrations over the weekend of the Dornoch Whisky Festival from Friday 25th October to Monday 28th October. https://www.linkshousedornoch.com/offers/dornoch-whisky-festival-weekend-at-links-house/
Enjoy the Dornoch Whisky Festival with Links House at Royal Dornoch #dornochwhiskyfestival