Scran season 5: Delving into Dornoch Castle and Distillery

A bonus episode of our podcast Scran is now live.

Published 7th May 2022
Updated 10 th Oct 2023

On this episode of Scran Rosalind continues her tour of the Highlands and meets with Philip Thompson, who runs Dornoch Castle with his family.

Philip told Rosalind about how, along with his brother Simon, they have turned their passion for whisky into a new business with the opening of Dornoch Distillery. 

From its crowdfunding inception to their drive for sustainability, Phil shares the evolution of the business alongside the running of the hotel's award-winning whisky bar.

Rosalind also meets head chef Grant MacNicol. He tells her all about his colourful career to date including becoming head chef at the tender age of 19.

He also talks about how food prices are a huge challenge for kitchens and how game may be the answer to some of those problems.

He provides us with great insight into the unique challenges of running a hospitality business in the Highlands.

Listen to the episode in full

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Dornoch Castle Whisky Bar & Bistro, Castle Street, Dornoch, UK
Dornoch Castle Whisky Bar & Bistro, Castle Street, Dornoch, UK, IV25 3SD
Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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