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Royal Dornoch Golf Club, Dornoch, Tim Palmer, Sunday Times
Royal Dornoch Golf Club, Dornoch, Tim Palmer, Sunday Times

DORNOCH has been named as one of the top 10 places to live by the sea in a feature run by a national newspaper.

The Sutherland town is listed as number four in writer Tim Palmer's league table of seaside spots.

He cites Royal Dornoch Golf Club – one of the oldest links courses in the country – as a major reason to live in the town.

Mr Palmer writes: "In summer, it's golf that draws people to this charming little town an hour's drive north of Inverness.

"You can still play in the depths of winter, although the lack of daylight means you'll struggle to finish both 18-hole courses in the same day."

But the Sunday Times article also lists the stunning coastal scenery as another enticement for would-be residents.

"The beach is wild and wonderful with views across the water to the Tarbat Ness lighthouse," it states.

"If you don't spot a dolphin here, there are otters, seals and seabirds at Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve."

Local distilleries including Glenmorangie and the Thompson family's organic Dornoch Distillery were also cited as another draw, as was the Dornoch Castle Hotel, which has been hailed as the best whisky hotel in the world by a specialist website.

And Mr Palmer also found Dornoch town centre full of "useful" day-to-day shops as well a cafés and restaurants, and more select, high-end, independent retailers such as chocolatier Cocoa Mountain.

Only one other Scottish town features in the top 10 – North Berwick in East Lothian.

The list is as follow: Aberdyfi; Amble; Burnham Overy Sraithe; Dornoch; Heswall; Hove; Kingsbridge, Lyme Regis; North Berwick and St Ives.

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