The Dornoch Court House was designed by Thomas Brown (1806-1872) in the Scottish Victorian renaissance style and was commissioned on February 7th, 1849 for an estimated cost of £2,427. For over 160 years it served as the socio-economic centre of the town, but was closed in 2013. We purchased the building in an effort to preserve local history, enhance the visitor’s experience and to serve as a catalyst for economic progress. The building has been renamed in honour of Andrew Carnegie and his wife Louise in recognition of their contributions to Dornoch and the surrounding area.
The Dornoch Courthouse has been renovated into a vibrant retail centre, housing several tourism oriented businesses and has been renamed The Carnegie Courthouse. The proprietors, purchased the Courthouse in 2015 and have created an exciting development housing, a new Dornoch Visitors Centre, The Carnegie Whisky Cellars and The Carnegie Tea Room and Deli which will be located in the former first floor court room. The Courthouse also welcomes Aspen Spa of Tain who have expanded into Dornoch with the opening of Aspen Spa at Carnegie Courthouse. The bespoke interiors include memorabilia from Andrew Carnegie’s contributions and relationship with the Dornoch parish. Finally, the rear grounds of the Carnegie Courthouse have been improved and landscaped public green space has been created.