A whisky-themed Highland fling at Links House

The Scottish five-star hotel will host a four-day experience coinciding with the Dornoch Whisky Festival

Links House at Royal Dornoch in Scotland has created the four-day event
Links House at Royal Dornoch in Scotland has created the four-day event

Scotland’s five-star Links House hotel has created a four-day experience (October 25-28) during the Dornoch Whisky Festival, which celebrates the distinctive characteristics of its local drams. 

A number of whisky tastings will feature on the programme
A number of whisky tastings will feature on the programme
Advertisement

Guests will be collected from Inverness airport or train station at the start of their experience (from £1,590 for two people, including two whisky dinners and a barbecue lunch, as well as tickets to the festival) and whisked to Dornoch for the day’s events: a Port Askaig masterclass at The Carnegie Whisky Cellars; a Morrison & MacKay cheese and whisky tasting; and a Japanese versus Irish whiskey tasting session at the Dornoch Castle Hotel. Welcome drinks will be served at Links House, followed by an eight-course tasting dinner prepared by Javier Santos, executive head chef, formerly of Le Gavroche and The Waterside Inn. His dishes will be paired with The Macallan scotch, with the meal hosted by expert Polly Logan. 

Welcome drinks will be served at Links House
Welcome drinks will be served at Links House
Clynelish whiskies will be paired with a five-course “sensory menu” prepared by chef Javier Santos
Clynelish whiskies will be paired with a five-course “sensory menu” prepared by chef Javier Santos

Saturday’s events kick off at noon with the Thompson Brothers’ “old and rare bottle tasting” at Dornoch Castle Hotel. For dinner, Santos will prepare a five-course “sensory menu”, again paired with whisky – on this occasion hosted by Jacqueline James-Bow, a manager at Clynelish Distillery. Diners can expect dishes such as North Sea cod and Orkney scallop “chorizo” sausage with spiced crackling and onion gravy, paired with a Clynelish 14-year-old whisky; and haggis with foie gras, served with a 2014 Clynelish Special Release.  

Advertisement

Mac & Wild, a small group of Scottish restaurants known for sourcing some of Scotland’s best meats and produce, will host a barbecue on the Sunday. Events in Dornoch will include a whisky cocktail tasting and a bottling masterclass. On Monday, after breakfast, there will be a tour of Dornoch Distillery. The experience will end suitably with an “Islay comparison tasting” session.

See also

Advertisement
Loading