|Location Map ( geo)
|The A949 into town
|Other Nearby Primary Destinations
Today Dornoch is a sleepy little town on the east coast of the Highlands which enjoys a seasonal boost from holiday parks located nearby. However, in the past it was the county town of Sutherland and also the seat of the Bishop of Caithness. The Cathedral still stands in the town square, opposite the former county buildings.
The town is set a few miles east of the A9, so doesn't benefit from passing trade like other towns along the A9, but nevertheless it has an A road, the A949 which connects from the Dornoch Firth Bridge, and also the B9168 which heads north west to join the A9 as well. Both roads were originally in the 8 Zone, being the B867 and B868 respectively, until the A9 was extended north over the A88 and the routes were renumbered in the B91xx series. The A949 came much later, after the bridge was built and the A9 re-routed. Prior to the bridge, there was the Meikle Ferry which crossed the firth to the west of the bridge, and also Bonar Bridge at the head of the firth to carry the traffic over the water.
|(A9 South), Bonar Bridge
|was B9167, originally B867
|(A9 North), Wick