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Dornoch is a Royal Burgh in East Sutherland, designated a National Scenic Area in the Highlands of Scotland. It is situated on the coast of the Moray Firth at the north shore of the Dornoch Firth and in 2005 Dornoch became the first Fair-trade town in the Highlands.
Dornoch is an ancient small town with settlements dating back 4000 years; the area is abundant with chambered cairns, hut circles, a standing stone and relics of the Picts. Dornoch Cathedral was built in 1224 by St. Gilbert, with the first service held in 1239. More recently Pop-star Madonna had her son Rocco christened here in 2000 and current Minister, Susan Brown is a Chaplain to the Queen. Other historically interesting features include the Bishops Palace a 16th century fortified tower, which is now a hotel, the Old Town Jail and the nearby Witches Stone, dating from 1722, when the last witch was burnt in Scotland.
Dornoch is a sea-side town with a quiet location, spectacular scenery and an award winning sandy beach. Besides the two golf courses Dornoch has a wide range of shops and hotels, and is a popular resort for tourists, golfers, walkers and nature enthusiasts. Nearby attractions include Skibo Castle, where Madonna and Guy Ritchie were married in 2000, The National Nature Reserve at Loch Fleet and Dunrobin Castle home to the Duke of Sutherland.