Tain and Dornoch are 5 miles and 14 miles from Arabella respectively.
Both towns are Royal Burghs dating back as far as 1066 when Tain was granted its first Royal charter by King Malcolm III. Tain is steeped in history, revealed and explained by a visit to Tain Through Time – one of the main visitor attractions.
Heading north across the Dornoch Firth, the town of Dornoch greets you with its particularly tidy and inviting appearance. This is the home of the Royal Dornoch Golf Club – a spectacular 18 hole course, world renowned and visited by many of the world’s golfing elite including names such as Tom Watson and Ben Crenshaw . The area boasts no fewer than 12 quality golf courses, all within an easy reach.
Dornoch Cathedral became world famous in 2000 when Madonna wed Guy Ritchie and drew half of the world’s press to the town a few days. At the time, Madonna and her entourage stayed at Skibo Castle, half way between Tain and Dornoch. This palatial former home of the philanthropist Andrew Carnegie is now operated as a high class country club and is patronised by celebrities such as Bill Clinton former President of USA, television personalities Ant & Dec, Robbie Williams, Sting and many more household names.