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Embo Beach looking North
The Games Room
The Library
The Dining Room
The Kitchen
Master Bathroom
A cosy Sitting Room
The Bar
The cedar-lined Library
The Front Hall
Embo House for celebrations in the Highlands
Embo House
Master Bedroom
Glenmorangie Bedroom
Glenmorangie Bathroom
Clynelish Bedroom
Clynelish Bathroom
Glen Ord Bedroom
Glen Ord Bathroom
View out into the Garden
6-man hot tub
The Tree House
The Back Lawn
The Summer House
The Summer House
The Golf Practice pitching area
Embo Beach
Embo Beach looking North
The Games Room
The Library
The Dining Room

Embo House, Dornoch, Sutherland, Scotland

Sleeps 2 - 16 8 Bedrooms 16 Dining

Stunning house sleeping 16 with a whisky bar and games room, for family celebrations and golf breaks near Dornoch

Holiday Rental for Groups of Families and Friends. Embo House, Dornoch, Sutherland, Scotland, sleeps 2 - 16 in 8 bedrooms.

Embo House was a Castle of the Clan Gordon and dates from the 16th Century, with an elegant Georgian make-over in about 1790. Today it is a luxurious, "grade A" listed mansion, Scottish Tourist Board rated 5*, occupying a commanding position over the Dornoch Firth, providing contemporary, exclusive use, self-catering or partly-catered accommodation for groups of friends, family or golfers.

Downstairs there's an airy and well-equipped kitchen, with a log-burning stove and seating for up to 10. Next door is the grand dining room with seating for 16, perfect for celebration dinners.

There is plenty of space for everyone to relax in their own way. The cosy sitting room has an open fire and a smart TV, while the cedar-lined library has underfloor heating, a bluetooth sound system and another open fire. Finally, the games room, or whisky bar, contains a pool table, leather sofas and bar stools, Sky Sports on the huge TV mounted above the fireplace, a good sound system - and a well-stocked whisky bar, which operates on an honesty basis.

7 of the 8 generous double en suite bedrooms have sea views. 5 have super-king beds which can be arranged as doubles or twin beds. There are also a couple of low, children's beds which can be put up in bedrooms on request - and a cot.

In the 8 acres of landscaped garden you will find a large, 6 wo/man hot tub, a tree house, a beautiful glass summerhouse, a golf practice pitching area - also croquet boules and ping pong. A path from the garden leads directly down to the sandy beach, a 10 minute walk away.

The house is situated 2 miles north of the Royal Burgh of Dornoch, the county town of Sutherland, with a Championship Golf Course (rated No 3 in the world), historic cathedral and castle. The town boasts a clutch of good restaurants and shops. This is also an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, being sandwiched between two, easily accessible Sites of Special Scientific Interest which are home to all kinds of wildlife. Embo House provides a great base from which to explore the North Highlands and all that is on offer in this beautiful part of Scotland.


Dog Friendly

Up to 2 dogs can stay, at a cost of £50 each. They need to be kept downstairs and off the furniture please. All mess to be removed before departure.


We regret that Embo House, with its many sets of stairs, is unsuitable for disabled people.


There is unlimited WiFi throughout the house and a landline in the kitchen which is free to use.


The light and airy kitchen is well-equipped. There is seating for 10 round the table, a wood burning stove,TV, dishwasher, microwave, fridge/freezer.

Dining Room

16 can be seated formally around mahogany table, with high quality cutlery, matching bone china and glassware. Tablecloths and napkins provided.

Sitting Room

3 or 4 rooms in which to sit and relax, a couple of which have large, open fires (logs provided). TV and sound system available. Honesty whisky bar.

TV and Music Facilities

There are TVs in the sitting room (Smart) and games room (Sky Sports). Most reception rooms and all bedrooms have bluetooth sound systems.

Games Room

Games room has a pool table. In the Studio there is a ping pong table and in the Summerhouse is table football. PS3, jigsaws inside.

Heating and Open Fires

There are 3 boilers to ensure the central heating works and the water is hot! Additionally, there is a wood burning stove and 2 open fires.


The bedrooms are all named after local malt whiskies. All are en suite and 7 look over the sea. 5 bedrooms have zip-and-link beds for flexibility.


The bed linen is Egyptian cotton and is provided FOC, along with towels and tablecloths A maid service can be provided, if required.


All the bathrooms are en suite and contain proper showers. 6 also have freestanding baths.

Children's Facilities

Enclosed garden ideal for small people to play in and the sandy beach is only 10 mins walk away. Children's books and toys are kept in the library.


6- man Hot Tub, Golf practice pitching area, Boules, Croquet, Ping-pong. Others might prefer the formal garden, Summerhouse or tree house!

Swimming Pool

There is no pool but we have a 6-man Hot Tub


There is ample private parking at Embo House, for up to 20 cars. If required, garaging could be provided for up to 3 cars.


Smoking is not allowed anywhere in Embo House, though it is allowed outside and in the Summerhouse.

Booking Information

Full weeks only during July & August and at Christmas & New Year. The changeover day is flexible, except for Christmas & New Year weeks, which always start on 20th/21st and 27th/28th December. We request a refundable Good Housekeeping Deposit of £750.

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Embo House

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Weekly Price
From £6500
2 Night Weekend
From £4550
3 Night Weekend
From £4550

Late Deals

June 2024 Late Deals

10% off luxurious Embo House


Embo House and its 8 acres of landscaped garden is surrounded by farmland, but it is only one field away from the dunes. There is a path from the garden to Embo’s sandy beach and beyond to Dornoch.

  • The Royal Burgh of Dornoch, Sutherland's county town, with delightful shops and restaurants, is just 2 miles away and is easily reached by car, on foot or on a bike.
  • There is a community shop in the village of Embo (1m across the fields) which is open most mornings, but Dornoch's shops offer greater choice and are 2m away.
  • There are several good restaurants, pubs and takeaways in Dornoch.
  • Inverness airport lies about 1 hour 10 minutes to the south, while Wick is 1 hour 30 minutes to the north. There is also an airstrip for small private planes in Dornoch.
  • Tain train station, 11 miles away, is the nearest. Trains travel there from Inverness.
  • Buses depart north and south from the town square in Dornoch, 2 miles away from the house.

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